HOUSTON (FOX 26)
On the first day of early voting in South Montgomery County the polls were bustling.
It is here that Kevin Brady, powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is asking voters to send him back to the Hill for an 11th term in Congress.
His conservative bona fides run deep with endorsements from the NRA, National Right to Life and Texas Right to Life.
Brady's new position as the most influential player on America's tax policy delivers plenty of stroke to the 8th Congressional District.
"While others can talk about fixing this broken tax code, replacing Obamacare, reforming welfare, as Chairman I'm the one who can actually deliver it. What I am laying the foundation for is a new Republican President who has a Texas conservative on the Ways and Means Committee who can help him deliver on those promises," said Brady.
But in deeply red Montgomery County Brady opponent former State Representative Steve Toth is among those who say the incumbent is not nearly conservative enough.
"These guys have rolled over and they are playing dead. They are not fighting this President. They are not fighting the Democrats. They are working with them hand on glove," said Toth.
March 1st Brady is faced with the challenge of earning 50 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off - no easy task considering he has three Tea Party opponents.
"So Republican voters will have to decide - Is Kevin Brady the optimal conservative for them? Is he conservative enough or do they want someone even more conservative, even if that means less power for Houston and Texas in D.C.?," said Mark Jones, chairman of political science at Rice University.