Image: Montgomery County Republican Party Steering Committee member Jon Bouche spoke about the future of the Republican Party on July 2, 2018, at the Church at 242 in Conroe.
Conroe, July 3 – Montgomery County Republican Party Steering Committee member gave a heartfelt and stirring speech about the future of the Republican Party to a packed room of interested citizens at the meeting of the Montgomery County Tea Party at the Church at 242 in Conroe. “I want us to be remarkably successful, to energize the Party, and I hope to carry Dr. Wilkerson on my shoulders as we march in a parade to celebrate the success of the Party in the November General Election,” Bouche told the crowd.
Bouche gave a completely upbeat and positive outlook for the Republican Party during his 20-minute speech and then answered questions from the floor for more than 45 minutes. “At last week’s meeting of the Republican County Executive Committee, there was no defenestration, no shoes were thrown, but there was vigorous debate…Romans 12:18 says to be at peace with everyone and that’s how I try to live my live.”
Bouche, who has been a grassroots activist supporting and organizing for Republican candidates for a decade acknowledged that Texas faces an aggressive move by democrats to make inroads in the November General Election. Nevertheless, Bouche predicted a strong election for Republicans because the grassroots base has become so energized after the Republican State Convention in San Antonio and after the inclusive Bylaws passed at the Montgomery County Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.
The speaker noted that “It’s not true that there was a lot of harmony in the Montgomery County Republican Party. There was a Grand Canyon size hole…We’re trying to unify the Party most of all. When it comes time to stand against democrats, we have to stand together.” In response to a question from Steve Riggs about how to bring the Grand Canyon together, Bouche answered, “We have to organize and make the Party operate like a machine.”
The Steering Committee member explained that passing new Bylaws at the June 26 meeting was not in the least bit unusual. “Rule 8e of the Republican Party of Texas Rules states that it’s our job as the County Executive Committee to show up, present bylaws at the organizational meeting, debate them, and then adopt them.”
Bouche said, “The previous Bylaws prohibited us from supporting nonpartisan candidates in nonpartisan races, like the City Council or the Woodlands Township. That’s how Ron Trowbridge lost his election to a democrat for the Lone Star College District and Laura Fillault lost her Woodlands Township board seat to a democrat. Raymond McDonald was in danger of losing to a democrat, so the Republican Party decided to help him, and we got it done.”
“We have the numbers now,” Bouche explained as to why the grassroots conservatives were able to win a large majority of the Precinct Chairs to approve the new Bylaws. “We didn’t roll over people, but treated everyone with respect.” Bouche explained that of the 83 total Precinct Chairs, 43 actually worked to help draft the new Bylaws.
Bouche also pointed out that the grassroots conservatives had mailed a copy of the proposed Bylaws to every Precinct Chair three weeks before the County Executive Committee meeting, had emailed a copy of the draft Bylaws to all Precinct Chairs with email addresses, posted the Bylaws as a Google document online, made them available in The Golden Hammer (Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper), and made hard copies of the proposed Bylaws available at the June 26 meeting. “We also made the Bylaws to the Montgomery County Republican Party Headquarters two weeks in advance of the meeting, which Dr. Wilkerson postponed, so we ended up submitting three weeks in advance,” Bouche said.
Bouche said the Republican Party should:
- Improve active involvement by the Party in the community;
- improve the Party’s use of technology;
- provide training;
- provide succession planning for all of the Party’s leadership;
- have a fundraiser for the Montgomery County Republican Party with Dr. Wilkerson as the Guest of Honor;
- develop processes to recruit candidates and help them as they’re running; and
- support candidates in the General Election.
“The future is bright for us. Dr. Wilkerson has a world of experience. Our Steering Committee has a lot of great ideas. We’re blessed to have Dr. Wilkerson working with us,” said Bouche.
At the end of the meeting, Montgomery County Republican Party Executive Vice Chairman Reagan Reed spoke about the specific changes in the Party’s Bylaws. Reed emphasized that a much needed change is that the Republican Party can support Republicans who are running in nonpartisan races, such as city councils, special purpose districts, or school boards.