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Chamber hosts Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Candidate Forum

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The Woodlands, TX –The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Advocacy Council held a candidate forum on Friday, Oct. 5 to give voters a chance to become educated on candidates running for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors in advance of the Nov. 6 general election.

The Lone Star GCD manages and protects the groundwater resources of Montgomery County and works with others to ensure a sustainable, high-quality, and cost-effective supply for current and future needs. The board of director position has a three-year term limit.

Ten candidates including Garry Oakley and Jim Spigener (Place 2); John Paul Bouche (Place 3); Harry Hardman and Greg Hope (Place 5); Webb Melder and Jack W. Chance Sr. (Place 6); and Kent Maggert, Emery E. Gallagher and Larry A. Rodgers (Place 7) participated in the forum moderated by Wendy Cawthon of Community Impact Newspaper.




Throughout October, The Chamber will host two other candidate forums for key local races to help community members make informed voting choices.

A forum for the Conroe Independent School Board of Trustees is on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 4-5 p.m. Participating candidates include Paul K. Piper Jr., Theresa Wagaman, Dale R. Inman and Kathleen Harmatuk-Swisher (Position 1) and Skeeter Hubert (Position 3).

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors forum is on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 5-6 p.m. and features candidates Treva Taglieri and Brian Boniface (Position 2) and Bruce Rieser and Francis “Frank” Dargavage (Position 4).

Area residents are encouraged to participate by attending the forums in person. The Chamber also invites members and guests to attend Business Advocacy Council meetings on the third Friday of every month at 8 a.m. at The Chamber.

The general election is Nov. 6, with early voting ending Nov. 2. To learn more about the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District and the candidates running for the board of directors, visit For information about all upcoming Montgomery County elections, visit

As the largest business organization in the Houston region, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to advocating for businesses, creating marketing and networking opportunities, serving as a professional and community resource and supporting charitable causes. For more information, please visit