Conroe and The Woodlands, October 4 – After State Representative Will Metcalf (R-Conroe) introduced his fellow State Representative Mark Keough (R-The Woodlands) to kick off Keough’s campaign for Montgomery County Judge in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, Keough delivered an electrifying speech to the cheering crowd of real voters, elected officials, political candidates, political gliterrati, and major financial backers. The Woodlands restaurant was so packed as a result of Keough’s campaign kickoff that it’s a good thing that the Montgomery County Fire Marshal was not nearby, as it was actually difficult to move around in many sections of the establishment.
Keough’s Chief of Staff Jason Millsaps got the crowd roaring with a rousing introduction of the ever popular Metcalf. Metcalf in his always low-key and self-effacing manner then introduced his close friend Keough who he described as “a good friend and a man with whom I have prayed.”
The highlight of the evening, however, was Keough himself. Obviously very excited about his race for County Judge and his goals to clean up the mess of corruption in Montgomery County, Keough went around the room and shook hands and welcomed every single person among the hundreds of supporters there to cheer him forward to victory.
Keough began his speech with a tribute to former State Representative Steve Toth, who is now running for the State House seat which Keough is acting. “This wouldn’t have panned out if Steve Toth hadn’t twisted my arm to run for this position almost 6 years ago.” Keough also thanked Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack and Woodlands Township Gordy Bunch who attended the major political event to show their support for reform of the County government. “They’re two people who have always encouraged me, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart,” Keough said.
Keough spoke about how he, his wife Kim, and their family loved their more than two decades living in Montgomery County. “We’ve all loved the schools, the judicial system, the amazing business, and the values that allowed us to grow and prosper,” the County Judge candidate told the adoring listeners.
“But in recent years, there’s been a tendency among our County leadership to become complacent. The governance of our County has orchestrated a situation where they’ve pushed ethics and the Constitution to the limits,” Representative Keough explained. “It’s embarrassing when I talk to people in Austin who hear that I’m from Montgomery County, which they say has a black eye.”
“These problems have caused a huge division in our community, even though almost all of us are for fiscal responsibility, we all want business growth, and we’re all Pro-Life. The continuing conflict starts with leadership,” Keough said. “My son and I discussed when he was very young that, when you see chaos in a business, it’s usually because of poor management. When we were in a poorly-run fast food establishment once, he tugged on my shirt and told me, ‘Dad, management’s everything.'”
Keough remarked that Montgomery County needs people who are not “career politicians and have never had to balance a bank book, never had to put a floor plan up against interest costs, and never had to watch the dollars. They need to watch every penny of our tax dollars, and that ain’t happening.”
The County Judge candidate also discussed the Tx-249 Tollway Extension that County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley are foisting on Montgomery County:
“We’re already spent $13 million on engineering for that crazy tollroad. We’re going to spend a total of $74 million. Nevertheless, the State Department of Transportation has said they’d give us this road, but we’re going to do a revenue bond to pay for just 3.6 miles of it!”
Keough concluded his remarks to ask his supporters for wisdom, their votes, and their financial support for his reform campaign for County Judge. His closing thoughts were:
“Tonight, is the beginning of my campaign and it is my intention to
- Bring unity back to our county.
- To restore fiscal responsibility.
- To remove conflicts of interest that violate the conscience of any thoughtful person.
- To bring business and the citizenry to embrace the understanding that there is symbiotic relationship between the two that cannot be broken. Both must live together with the underscoring principle ‘united we stand and divided we fall.’ Good business benefits the people and when the people s rights are respected it will always foster good business.
“We have recently become intensely divided and are losing our way. It is now our chance to restore Montgomery County to the place of prominence it once held. The embarrassment caused by scandal, conflicts of interest and disregard for the people exhibited at the highest levels of county government stops today.
“If you will help me, if you will elect me, if you will help fund this endeavor I will not let you down. Together we will restore Montgomery County to the place of respect it once held.
“We are Montgomery County!
“God bless you, God bless Texas and may God bless the Great County of Montgomery Texas.”
The enraptured hundreds who heard Keough’s speech erupted into thunderous applause.
Is reform possibly coming even to Montgomery County?