Creighton’s Column – August 2018: Voter Accountability Comes to the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District
One of the aspects of our Republic that makes America so special is that We the People are the ones who consent to those who govern. We elect those that represent us in different levels of government. One characteristic that makes Texas so special is that we have always seen the benefits of local control and have placed the most important functions of government as close to the people as possible. This is why I sponsored House Bill 1982, with Representative Will Metcalf, who passed the bill in the House, to change the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) from an appointed board of directors to an elected board of directors.
The revolutionary principle of our government is that those who represent the people are held accountable by a series of elections. Currently the LSGCD Board, which is tasked with protecting and managing the use of groundwater in Montgomery County, is appointed by different stakeholders such as the Montgomery County Commissioners Court and the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA). This means that the LSGCD Board is not held responsible by the people, but rather the entities that have appointed their board member. House Bill 1982 changed the Board from nine appointed members to seven elected members – one elected from the county at-large, one from each of the four county commissioner precincts, one from the City of Conroe, and one from The Woodlands Township. No board member may serve more than three four-year terms. I made H.B. 1982 a priority of mine last session in order to, for the first time, make the LSGCD Board accountable to you, the people.
This November 6th, you are going to have the opportunity – or rather responsibility – to elect seven directors to the LSGCD Board. This is especially important to me, not only as a resident and user of water in Montgomery County, but because I am a former member of the LSGCD Board of Directors.
If you are interested in serving on the Board, or know someone who would be a good candidate, filing is now open and extends until August 23rd. Applications can be found at www.LoneStarGCD.org. If you have any interest, or may be interested in running for the Board, please reach out to my office. It is important to our community that we have dedicated and qualified directors on the LSGCD Board. Service on this Board is a fulfilling experience that will make a difference in the future of Montgomery County. I am more than willing to talk to anyone about my experiences and offer any assistance I can. As always, it is a pleasure to serve as your state senator.
God Bless Texas,