Republican leader Holcomb: “understanding the process is the key to success”; Dawson, Bagley sign “The Pledge”

State Republican Executive Committeeman Terry Holcomb, the representative from Senatorial District 3, spoke to the Montgomery County Tea Party, on December 4, 2017.

Conroe, December 5 – State Republican Executive Committee Terry Holcomb, celebrating the placement of Proposition 2 (“No governmental entity should ever construct or fund construction of toll roads without voter approval”) on the statewide GOP Primary ballot for the March 6, 2018, Primary Election, told a lively crowd at the Montgomery County Tea Party meeting on December 4, 2017, “Understanding the process is the key to success as a conservative Republican activist.”

During the meeting, the crowd congratulated Mark Keough, State Representative and candidate for Montgomery County Judge, for his signing “The Pledge” concerning tollroads first statewide. “The Pledge follows the language of Proposition 2 closely and provides, “I, Mark J. Keough, pledge that I will never support construction or funding of any toll road, unless the voters have approved the toll road by referendum.”

Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Brian Dawson and Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley signed “The Pledge” as well during the meeting. Several other candidates and Republican Precinct Chairs, whose names will appear on the March, 2018, ballot, joined in “The Pledge.” “I’m really excited about Proposition 2 and ‘The Pledge,'” Dawson announced as he signed the document.

Keough added, “Toll roads are just another form of taxation . We voted against them in the 85th Legislature. We realigned the gas tax to accommodate transportation needs in the 84th Legislature without toll roads.  The Governor has deemed them unacceptable. The State Republican Party has made eliminating them a part of the Republican Platform and still the Montgomery County government plans on  moving forward through the MCTRA? Not to mention the people don’t want it!  My contract with Montgomery County will eliminate toll roads in Montgomery County. This is the way forward!”

Montgomery County Judge candidate Mark Keough: “Toll roads are just another form of taxation . We voted against them in the 85th Legislature. We realigned the gas tax to accommodate transportation needs in the 84th Legislature without toll roads.  The Governor has deemed them unacceptable. The State Republican Party has made eliminating them a part of the Republican Platform and still the Montgomery County government plans on  moving forward through the MCTRA? Not to mention the people don’t want it!  My contract with Montgomery County will eliminate toll roads in Montgomery County. This is the way forward!”

James Dickey, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, spoke to the meeting by a special video he had taped for the Montgomery County Tea Party. Dickey reminded the crowd, “The Republican Party…we’re a bottom up Party.” Holcomb agreed with Dickey that citizen activists control the policies and the Platform of the Republican Party and explained, “In the past 4 years, there’s been a sea change inside the Texas Republican Party, where activists have seized control.”

 

Holcomb, who works for Dow Chemical Company, is a pastor, and is the Executive Director of Texas Constitutional Carry, a right to bear arms lobbying group, told the Tea Party, “Property taxes are one of the most immoral taxes a person could ever face…The change in policy that we’re beginning to cause over property taxes at the local grassroots level is unbelievable.”

 

The SREC Committeeman observed, “98% of us are here to get government out of our lives and we’re trying to push them back.” He also said, “change is not about people but about issues.”

Holcomb explained that by understanding the process of how the Republican Party of Texas and the SREC work, he was able to get the tollroads proposition on the ballot and as high as “Proposition 2.” “I worked respectfully and knew how to get things done.”

Holcomb said that when citizens get involved in meetings, they should understand how the process works. “You need to know when you hear something wrong process-wise,” he said. Holcomb gave the example that, when citizens make citizen comments during Commissioners Court meetings about items on the meeting agenda, the County Judge and Commissioners can respond under the provisions of the Open Meetings Act. Therefore, when Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal tries to rationalize ignoring citizen comments, he’s incorrectly describing the law and the process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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