Ron Keichline

Montgomery Co. Commissioner, Precinct 2

Ron Keichline’s Platform

Investment

protect, enhance, and modernize our county infrastructure

Stewardship

Comprehensive management of critical environmental risks and opportunities related to flood, drought, development, and overall resiliency

Transparency

Zero-tolerance policy on bribery & corruption. Consistently communicate progress to constituents, always striving for continuous improvement

Investing in our shared future

As a Boy Scout, I learned you always leave a campsite in better shape than you found it. To my way of thinking, our existing infrastructure is an investment that our parents and grandparents made in our country. Maintaining and improving local roads, bridges, utilities, and other county services – that’s an ongoing responsibility we have to our children and grandchildren. I am determined to make sure I use taxpayers’ dollars responsibly to benefit all Montgomery County residents.

Blending science and policy

Mr. Keichline holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and has over 18 years of corporate Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) and consulting experience. He is a certified Management Systems Auditor and is committed to using his experience as an auditor to ensure transparent and ethical operations under his responsibility.

Mr. Keichline is active in The Woodlands and surrounding communities, having been a volunteer on the original steering team for the Bike The Woodlands Coalition, is a life member of The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. (GrassRoots Environmental Education Network), as well as a member of the inaugural June 2009 graduating class of the Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He and his wife are proud parents of two boys attending a local elementary school in The Woodlands.

On The Issues

Facebook asked on Wednesday, Apr 11th, 2018

Budget Transparency

As a management systems auditor I frequently use a “Plan-Do-Check-Act” model for continuous improvement. This is a methodical way to bring complicated systems into control and reduce waste.

Facebook asked on Wednesday, Apr 11th, 2018

Personal Values

Life is not black and white, and solutions to complicated challenges are often nuanced and not immediately obvious. Policies should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world.

Facebook asked on Wednesday, Apr 11th, 2018

Conservation

As we welcome more residents, businesses, and visitors to Montgomery County, it is critical to have a plan to balance growth for our region and preservation of natural areas.

Facebook asked on Wednesday, Apr 11th, 2018

Collaboration

Great ideas can come from anyone. I am willing to work beyond party lines to consider good ideas and give credit where credit is due. I respect individual rights and will work to defend them.

Facebook asked on Wednesday, Apr 11th, 2018

Lowering Taxes

I believe it is irresponsible for candidates to promise to arbitrarily "lower taxes" without clearly explaining what services they intend to eliminate.

Facebook asked on Wednesday, Apr 11th, 2018

Local Taxes

Local taxes are required to maintain services, pay public employees, and invest in county improvements. The tax rate should be appropriate relative to the services voters agree are necessary.

Facebook asked on Wednesday, Apr 11th, 2018

Public Works

Our existing infrastructure is an investment that our parents and grandparents made in our country. Maintaining and improving public works is an ongoing responsibility we have to our children.

Facebook asked on Wednesday, Apr 11th, 2018

Roads

Personally, I am not a big fan of tollways as they are inequitable and disproportionately affect low-income residents. Public roads should be equally available to all residents and visitors.

Eric Yollick asked on Thursday, Jan 4th, 2018

What are the main issues that you believe are critical for the Precinct 2 County Commissioner that you'd like to address if you win?

I have a few ideas I'm currently working on. I know that the Commissioner's Court has been accused of corruption and cronyism. I think this needs to be taken seriously and so I would propose an independent audit be undertaken to identify areas for improvement. Similarly, I would like to see more transparency and approachability from the Commissioner's Court. To the extent allowed by law, I think all public meetings should be live-streamed and archives should be available online for residents to review. This would allow for more citizen participation as well as holding the court accountable. Trying to get a sense of the court from the published meeting minutes is a daunting task.

Catherine Dominguez asked on Thursday, Jan 4th, 2018

Have you ever held an elected position? If so, what position. If not, what is the driving force behind your decision to run for commissioner?

This is my first non-academic run for elected position. My final year in graduate school I was elected to student council and was our environmental advocate. I fully understand this will be significantly different experience, to put it mildly. I identify as a Democrat and have a Master's Degree in Environmental Management. The real spark for me was the result of last year's Presidential election - I was deeply shocked and dismayed. My uncle was a County Supervisor in rural Northern California and I always admired him for balancing his public service with farming, and I'd often talked about wanting to run for office in some capacity. I learned that there were numerous opportunities to run as a Democrat in local elections and decided that it was time to do something proactive. I think my educational background in environmental science combined with practical work experience in management and budgeting will be valuable to the commission.

Catherine Dominguez asked on Thursday, Jan 4th, 2018

The current court has been focused on reducing spending and the budget. In fact, the court did cut the budget by 5.5 percent for the next fiscal year. Where do you stand on the county budget and if you could trim it, where would you cut?

I feel like a budget should be managed much like a contract - a proper budget should describe a scope of services and price to complete those services. Unless it is clear that the current budget is over-inflated, I would not be in favor of arbitrarily trimming the budget without understanding what services or personnel would be reduced. I feel that money that is approved to be spent should be spent according to the scope of services. Projects that are completed under-budget should be audited to ensure the project was completed as scoped.

Catherine Dominguez asked on Thursday, Jan 4th, 2018

The Texas 249 toll road is a hot button issue for the county. However, the majority of residents in Magnolia are in favor of it while a small group of people have taken a vocal stand against it. What is your position on this road and its need for west county?

Personally, I am not a big fan of tollways in general as they are by their nature inequitable and disproportionately affect low-income residents (as the toll is de facto a road use tax). My opinion on the subject is that public roads should be equally available to all residents and visitors. That said, I am committed to following the law and the will of the voters: should such a referendum be approved I would act in my capacity to implement the project on-time and within budget. Furthermore, I understand that there are different types of bonds that may be used to pay for such projects (general obligation bonds vs revenue bonds, for instance) and the specific details need to be understood before I can make a definitive, blanket statement on TX-249.

Catherine Dominguez asked on Thursday, Jan 4th, 2018

In the past, Magnolia and The Woodlands residents have been on opposite sides of issues, such as the toll road and The Woodlands Parkway extension. How difficult do you think it will be to get the support of Magnolia voters (outside The Woodlands) as a Woodlands resident?

Honestly, there is going to be a large group of voters who will hear that I am a Democrat and will decide I'm not for them, regardless of what I say. I won't be able to overcome someone who won't even give me the chance - that goes for The Woodlands, Magnolia, and the rest of Precinct 2. I would love to think that "I am open to different ideas" but that is a pretty Pollyanna answer to a complicated question. I expect that I will need to spend a lot of time outside of The Woodlands getting to know voters, learning their concerns, and hoping my answers to their most important questions are better than my opposition.

The Texas Coalition of Black Democrats asked on Friday, Jan 12th, 2018

African American entrepreneurs have long struggled to secure capital to start a business in our community. What economic development initiatives will you champion that will have a direct and positive impact [on] African Americans businesses, employment and entrepreneurship?

For any county project under my responsibility I believe that I have an obligation as County Commissioner to select the best contractor at a reasonable, justifiable price. I believe there are strict contract bidding/selection rules that apply to all County contracts and I will adhere to those ethical requirements above all else. That said, I am more than happy, where possible, to push for DBE contract vehicles for small businesses, disadvantaged businesses, minority- or women-owned, or veteran-owned businesses - to help these entrepreneurs gain experience and project portfolio to be able to compete for open County-wide contracts.

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Ron Keichline

Candidate for Montgomery County Commissioner, Precinct 2
P.O. Box 130742 Spring, TX 77393
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