Press Release: Restore Affordable Water counts days Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District ignore special election order

221 days have passed since LSGCD’s first opportunity to order a special election
 

CONROE, Texas — Restore Affordable Water today published a counter on its website, counting the days the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) has failed to call a special election to fill its board. This action follows a letter RAW President Simon Sequeira sent to LSGCD Board President Rick Moffatt last month, requesting LSGCD operate in accordance with the law and order a special election.

To date, 221 days have passed since HB 1982 went into effect on Sept. 1, 2017. This was the first possible day the LSGCD could order a special election to fill its board in compliance with state law.

“All we are asking is that the LSGCD complies with the law,” said Sequeira. “If the board waits until the last possible minute to order this election, the pool of prospective candidates will be limited to hand picked insiders, Montgomery County residents should be given ample time to decide who they want to represent them.”

Formerly a nine-member appointed board, the LSGCD will now be a seven-member elected board due to HB 1982, which was passed by the 85th Legislature and signed by Governor Greg Abbott. Though these seven members shall be elected in the general election on Election Day in November, LSGCD must still order a special election to allow prospective candidates on the ballot. RAW is requesting this election to be ordered immediately so prospective candidates are given adequate time to file applications by the filing deadline on August 23, 2018.

“The LSGCD has no excuse for ignoring state law,” continued Sequeira. “It is the board’s duty to act in accordance with the law and ensure potential board candidates are given enough time to file for candidacy and that a fair and transparent election occurs.”

For more about the history of LSGCD and HB 1982, visit RestoreAffordableWater.com.

About Restore Affordable Water: Restore Affordable Water, a registered 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, is a group of Montgomery County residents, business owners, and community leaders who demand truth, transparency, and accountability from the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District. More information about Restore Affordable Water can be found at RestoreAffordableWater.com.

 

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ELIZABETH CUSTY