RESULTS: Here’s who will comprise the new Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District board

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Updated Nov. 7, 12:20 a.m.

With all precincts reporting in Montgomery County, a new Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District board of directors is formed.

Jim Spigener takes the seat for Place 2 with 59 percent of the vote. For Place 3, voters cast 44.97 percent of ballots in support of Jon Paul Bouche. Additionally, Jonathan Prykryl and Harry Hardman have been elected to places 4 and 5 with 63.40 percent and 39.41 percent of the votes, respectively. Former Conroe Mayor Webb Melder takes Place 6 with 61.25 percent of the vote, and Larry Rogers takes Place 7 with 54.26 percent of the vote.

“The good people of Montgomery County have spoken…they have had enough of [San Jacinto River Authority and Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District] out-of-control style of government,” Melder said on the night of the election. “This is how government should work….let the people vote. The newly-elected LSGCD Board has much work to do.”

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 9:22 p.m.

For the first time voters in Montgomery County had the opportunity to vote for board members for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District in the Nov. 6 election. Early voting and absentee votes are in for Montgomery County. With no incumbents on the board, six of the seven positions are contested.

Place 1 is uncontested as Stuart Traylor is the sole candidate on the ballot. As for the others, Jim Spigener, Jon Paul Bouche, Jonathan Prykryl, Harry Hardman, Webb Melder and Larry A. Rogers are leading.

LSGCD was created in 2001 by the 77th Texas Legislature and was established to manage groundwater resources in the county. Prior to 2018 the district’s nine board members were appointed as representatives by various municipalities, according to the district.

Following the passage of House Bill 1982 by the Legislature last summer, the board will now include seven elected directors: four elected by voters in each precinct in Montgomery County, one elected by a countywide vote, one elected by residents of the city of Conroe and one elected by residents of The Woodlands Township, according to LSGCD.

Place 2 (Precinct 2)

According to early voting and absentee totals, Spigener is leading the race with 61.05 percent of the votes. During early voting 21,773 total votes were cast in the race. Opponent Garry Oakley received 38.95 percent of the vote, according to county election data.

Place 3 (Precinct 3)

Bouche is leading the race for Place 3 with 10,448 votes, or 48.09 percent, according to early voting totals from Montgomery County. Opponents Richard Rankel, Christina Moore and Rick Moffat received 6.32 percent, 26.76 percent and 18.82 percent of the vote, respectively, during early voting.

Place 4 (Precinct 4)

According to early voting totals, Prykryl is leading the race with 63.43 percent of the votes. During early voting 13,548 total votes were cast in the race. Opponent Gail Carney received 36.57 percent of the vote, according to county election data.

Place 5 (at large)

Hardman is leading the race for Place 5 with 31,209 votes, or 42.95 percent, according to early voting totals from Montgomery County. Opponents Gregg Hope and Francis J. Bourgeois received 35.59 percent and 21.46 percent of the vote, respectively, during early voting.

Place 6 (city of Conroe)

According to early voting totals, former Conroe Mayor Webb Melder is leading the race with 64.11 percent of the votes. During early voting, 9,156 total votes were cast in the race. Opponent Jackie Chance received 35.89 percent of the vote, according to county election data.

Place 7 (The Woodlands Township)

Larry A. Rogers is leading the race for Place 7 with 9,500 votes, or 55.95 percent, according to early voting totals from Montgomery County. Opponents Ken Maggart and Emery Gallagher received 26.85 percent and 17.2 percent of the vote, respectively, during early voting.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

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Anna Dembowski
Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.
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