May 2017

Montgomery County Republican Party


In This Issue

County Executive Committee Meeting TONIGHT!
Munch & Mingle at Headquarters Prior to Meeting
Sponsored by District Judge Kathleen Hamilton

Dr. Wally Wilkerson,

Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman

The 2017 second quarterly meeting of the Montgomery County Texas Republican Party Executive Committee (CEC) will be held on Tuesday evening, May 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 402 of the Alan B. Sadler Commissioners Building at 501 North Thompson Street in Conroe 77301. A Munch & Mingle Social will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the County Republican Headquarters at 310 Metcalf Street, Conroe 77301-2856 prior to the CEC meeting. Light refreshments provided by 359th District Judge Kathleen Hamilton will be served at the Social. The public is invited and encouraged to attend both of these events to meet and greet officeholders, Party officials, volunteers and Party activists.
The CEC, which consists of all current Precinct Chairmen, will hear State Republican Executive Committee member reports, a report from Elections Administrator Suzie Harvey about Voting Centers, a Montgomery County Republican Community Engagement Committee report, a Treasurer's report and a Vacancy Committee report. An update will be presented by the County Chairman on the Party's 65th Birthday Celebration (see story below), to be held early this fall. The event is expected to attract a very prominent Republican as the keynote speaker. The CEC will consider adoption of Administrative Business Rules designed to streamline its meetings. These will be presented by the Rules and Organization Committees, chaired by Jim Wiggins and Jim Schulze.

Montgomery County Young Republicans
Hosting Statewide Convention, August 11-12!

Below is the invitation. They welcome sponsorships (see information below), and guests are welcome, too! The Gala is August 12, 6pm. Come support our local Young Republicans!
Dear Texas Young Republicans,

Montgomery County Young Republicans are pleased to invite you to the Texas Young Republican 2017 Convention at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on August 11th -12th , 2017.

We have some several speakers already lined up to address our delegation, including U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and Karen Watson, author of Being Black and Republican in the Age of Obama.

Registration for the convention is now open and early registration is $85 per
Gala is August 12, 6pm - Find more information here.
person through June 1 then $100 through July 1, after which registration will be $125 per person. The registration cost includes entry to the Gala & Silent Auction for that individual. It is possible to pay for more than one member's registration at a time on our site; if you do so, please just make sure to email us the names of all the individuals you have paid for so we can note that in our records.

We are also offering a unique opportunity to get your money back: if an individual gets someone to sign up as a sponsor for TYR 2017, that individual's registration fees will be reimbursed. Sponsors have to indicate the individual who recruited them when they sign up as a sponsor and only one individual's registration fees will be reimbursed per sponsor. Silent Auction donations do not qualify as a sponsorship and are not eligible for this reimbursement opportunity.

A block of rooms has been reserved at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott for a reasonable rate of $149 per room; this rate is only available until July 1 so please reserve your room as early as possible so we have time to request additional rooms if needed.

Additional information about convention will be posted on the official convention page as well as in our Facebook event. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Montgomery County YR.

We look forward to seeing y'all in August!
65th Anniversay Celebration!
2017 marks the 65th anniversary of the Republican Party in Montgomery County Texas organization. This is a proud historical date worthy of a big celebration. And that is what the Party will promote this fall. Plans are underway to invite prominent State and National Republicans to join us for this celebration.
Republicanism in the County and State in the 1900s, suffered from the aftermath
1952 "Win with Ike" campaign scarf hangs in the MCRP Headquarters
of the Civil War, the Reconstruction and the Great Depression. The Democrat Party's dominance was overwhelming and unchallenged until the 1950s. General Dwight Eisenhower's presidential victory in 1952 created enough interest in the Republican Party to justify the appointment of a Montgomery County Chairman, Herbert Cartright of Willis and six Precinct Chairmen. As a result of their work, Eisenhower's victory margin in his 1956 re-election campaign was 798 votes, after losing the county in 1952 by 468 votes.
In 1961, an obscure Republican college professor, John Tower, won a special election for the U. S. Senate seat vacated by Lyndon Johnson who had become
1964 - Sen. Tower with Dr. Wilkerson. Tower's 1961 win generated renewed interest in the county and state GOP.
Vice-President. Tower's win in the County with 51.5% of the vote, generated renewed interest in the Republican Party. The first Republican Primary election was conducted in 1962 by County Chairman Phillip Dickinson, with 38 votes cast. George Herbert Walker Bush, a new resident of Harris County, spoke at the first ever fundraiser in the County in 1963. At the second Primary election in 1964, the Party fielded its first local candidate, Leo Jones, for State Representative and elected Dr. Walter Wilkerson as County Chairman. The fledging Party campaigned vigorously for both Goldwater and Jones, but both were defeated, although Goldwater won a higher percent of the vote in the County than he did statewide.
A County Republican Headquarters was opened in 1965, located in the State Hot
Original MCRP Headquarters sign: At the time of its creation, Democrat dominance was so strong that the sign's painter insisted his identity remain secret.
el just off the Courthouse Square. Finding a sign painter who would paint a "REPUBLICAN" sign to hang over the entrance was no easy chore. Finally, a brave painter agreed to paint a sign, but not before the Party vowed not to reveal his identity. Republicans gradually grew in numbers and influence for the remainder of the 1960s and the 1970s, but the election of a County Republican officeholder was still only a dream.
1976 brought a big boost to the Party when Republican President Gerald Ford visited the County on a campaign tour through Texas during the presidential Primary campaign with challenger Ronald Reagan. Thousands of people gathered on the west side of the courthouse to hear Ford. The Party held a reception for the President at the local Holiday Inn following the speech.
1978 - Pat Ruffian, first Republican elected to county office in over 100 years
inally, in 1978, not only did Texas elect its first Republican Governor in over 100 years, but also a local Republican, Mrs. Pat Ruffin, was elected to a County office, a Justice of the Peace. Republican candidates for national and state offices begin attracting increasing support in the County but it was not until 1980 that Party was able to elect its first County Commissioner.
As of 1995, all elected officials in Montgomery County have been Republican.
With the President Ronald Reagan landslide win in 1984, th e Party began winning County offices consistently. By 1994, there remained only one Democrat who held a County office. He changed Party affiliation in 1995, announcin g "It was become a Republican or retire". No Democrat has been elected to a District, County or Precinct office since 1994; and no Democrat candidate for president has won the County since 1964.
There are currently seven Republican Women's organizations across the County involving over 800 women, the first founded in 1979; an active Young Republicans (YRS ages 18-40) group founded in 2009 that has attracted their 2017 State Convention to the County and seven High School Young Republican groups (ages 13-18) involving hundreds of students.
A Party archive in the GOP Headquarters has thousands of items.
The Party maintains a website at , a Twitter account at MCRPTexas and a Facebook page at Montgomery County Republican Party-Texas. A Party Archive, available to the public, is maintained in the Headquarters and contains a collection of thousands of items, dating from 1950 to the present.
The Republican Party intends to grow in numbers, to expand its influence at the County, State and National levels and to remain the majority political Party in Montgomery County!
INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY reported in an article on April 12, 2017: "President Trump's newly installed U. S. Attorney General, former Senator Jeff Sessions, is doing something unique for a top U. S. law official: He is actually enforcing immigration law. What a new concept." Sessions warned: "For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned. This is a new era. This is the Trump era". The article reported that illegal border crossings have plunged 64% since the inauguration of President Trump. A Rasmussen Reports survey showed: "A growing number of voters consider illegal immigration a serious problem and believe controlling the border is the most important thing the government can do...77% of the 1,000 likely U. S. voters polled say that illegal immigration is a serious problem. Only 19% say that it is not." Brandon Judd, border Patrol Union president and a border patrol agent, recently told Fox Business News: "Whether you lean left, right or you're in the middle, you have to be a fan of what Trump's done for the Border Patrol, for the border security. He's done more in his first 100 days than the last two administrations have done in 16 years".
In his 1941 State of the Union address, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke of the "four freedoms"- freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear. Freedom of speech has leaped to the news forefront with all the protest marches, ceaseless strident shouts, random rudeness and occasional violent acts in opposition to President Trump.
Bob Greene wrote in a recent WSJ article; "Today, when so much public discourse is not just brutal but also faceless, when the back-and-forth is increasingly digitally driven, with invective and mockery flying from screen to screen, dispatched by people with made-up names, there is a constant impulse to shout down, to belittle, and to gang up on. A gentle voice has scant chance in th
Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech"
e rising din." When President Roosevelt delivered his freedom address, there was no internet, no social media and no television sets in our homes. Famous artist Norman Rockwell created four freedoms paintings. Greene was especially impressed with the freedom of speech painting. He wrote: "The setting is a town meeting. One man, in work clothes has risen from the audience to speak. There is nervousness, and courage, in his eyes...Other citizens of the town, the men in coats and ties, are in seats around him...They are hearing him out; they are patiently letting him have his say...But as he talks, they are listening, giving him a chance...For now they owe him their full and polite attention. Such a simple concept? And it is one that sometimes seems to be disappearing in this era when angry words hurdle past each other like poison-tipped arrows."
Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, social reformer, orator, writer, statesman
Frederick Douglass, champion of African American freedom, wrote in 1860: "To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It is just as criminal to rob a man of his right to speak and hear, as it would be to rob him of his money."
There should be no place in political campaigns for rudeness, shouts or violent protests!

Donations Help Keep Montgomery County Red
Your financial donation to the local Republican Party does the following:

  • Helps maintain marketing and all services of the County Headquarters
  • Helps finance purchase of materials, supplies, equipment and major services
  • Helps maintain computerized voter list of Get-Out-the-Vote program
  • Helps strengthen and expand our Precinct and neighborhood organization
  • Helps expand outreach program to minorities and independents

We have three membership programs to choose from.

  • Sustaining Membership Program
  • Republican Roundtable
  • Business Council 

We love our volunteers!
The Republican Party is always looking for volunteers. There are lots of ways you can help.
Calendar of Events


Many fun and important activities are on the horizon! Republican Womens' clubs are having great speakers at their monthly meetings. Young Republicans and High School Republican groups are making plans. And more!