Image: During the 2016 Presidential Election, then-candidate Donald Trump conferred with Reagan William Reed, the Vice Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party. Reed is a brilliant, mature political leader, even though he is chronologically only 21 years old.
Conroe and Willis, September 2 – The “new kid in town” is the great new leader of the Montgomery County Republican Party, Vice Chairman Reagan William Reed, who has had to step in and lead the GOP after County Chairman Wally Wilkerson has gone AWOL. Reed is a brilliant and mature leader with a profound wisdom and extensive knowledge of Texas politics and campaign methodology. He’s 21 years old. His 22nd birthday will be November 1, 2018.
Reed lives with his parents, John and Jodie Reed, and their large family in Willis. In 2016, Reed walked door-to-door to campaign for election as the Precinct 50 Republican Precinct Chairman against “establishment” incumbent Gary Hinson. Reed won the election by a landslide and began serving as the youngest elected Republican Precinct Chair throughout the State of Texas.
Reed’s family has lived in Montgomery County for five generations. Reed has lived in the Lake Conroe area his entire life. Reed describes his father, John, as “a genuinely great man.” Reed’s family, who are all very active in political and government circles in Montgomery County, are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. His grandparents regularly attend the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to watch Reed, their grandson, in action as he makes citizen comments usually critical of the Commissioners Court and County Judge Craig Doyal.
Reed is completing his undergraduate degree in History from Thomas Edison State College. He is the East Texas Correspondent for Empower Texans, one of the largest grassroots conservative organizations in Texas whose leader is the renowned Michael Quinn Sullivan. In the 2014 gubernatorial election in Texas, Reed interned for the Greg Abbott for Governor campaign. During the 84th Texas Legislature, he interned for a member of the Texas House of Representatives. The Montgomery County Tea Party awarded Reed a scholarship to the Patriots Academy of which Reed is a graduate. He’s also a recipient of Empower Texans’ Conservative Leadership Award.
Reed’s hobbies are studying history, archaeology, theology, and philosophy. He and his family are actively involved in Lakeside Bible Church. Reed enjoys attending local theological seminaries to audit their courses.
Reed is an accomplished public speaker. On January 31, 2018, in Fairfield, Texas, Reed spoke at a hearing of the Federal Railway Administration against the construction of high speed rail in Texas. “It is fundamentally immoral for private land to be taken from landowners, some of which has been in their families for generations, and be given to some company,” Reed told the FRA and the citizens in attendance at the hearing. Reed has made presentations to the Houston Property Rights Association, the Texas Patriots PAC, the Montgomery County Tea Party, the Houston Northwest Forest Republican Women, among many other organizations.
On October 31, 2017, the 500th anniversary of when theologian Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany, to commence the Protestant Reformation, Reed posted his “95 Theses, Montgomery County Edition,” to the door of the Alan B. Sadler Administration Building. It was a list of some of the worst examples of corruption and mismanagement in Montgomery County and made a good reference for many voters for the 2018 election. Reed’s “95 Theses” is a remarkable document that helped to begin a revolution the scope of what Luther did half a millennium ago but instead to bring reform to Montgomery County, Texas.
On February 28, 2017, after Reed authored and proposed the resolution, the Montgomery County GOP Executive Committee voted decisively to endorse a proposal to cut significantly County spending overall, to adopt a 20% homestead exemption for County property taxes, and to increase funding for the law enforcement departments within the County government. The resolution passed by a decisive margin of 21 to 10. The proposals tracked the overall County government spending reduction with a law enforcement funding increase towards which the Citizens Budget Committee has been working during since December, 2016, as citizens have studied the County budget and reduced spending on a line-by-line basis. Reed is an active member of the Citizens Budget Committee and has also served as its General Administration Subcommittee Chairman.
On August 15, 2017, Reed was instrumental in passage by the Montgomery County Republican Executive Committee’s of a resolution calling for a non-binding ballot referendum, which Republican Precinct Chairman and Area Chairman Paul Gebolys (pronounced GA-bo-liss) introduced, that read:
Gebolys’ Proposed Language for Ballot Proposition: “No governmental entity should ever construct or fund the construction of toll roads, unless its voters have approved each road by referendum.”
The Gebolys Resolution passed on a 34 to 1 vote of the Republican Precinct Chairs of Montgomery County after substantial debate. The only Precinct Chairman who voted against the proposal was Jim Schulze, a close liberal pro-“establishment” associate of County Republican Chairman Walter Wilkerson and rumored to be Wilkerson’s hand-picked successor until Schulze suffered defeat at the hands of voters in his own Voting Precinct in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election.
In December, 2017, Reed attended the State Republican Executive Committee meeting in Austin to lobby for inclusion of the anti-tollroads referendum on the March 6 Republican Primary Election ballot. Reed’s work, along with Montgomery County Precinct Chairman Paul Gebolys resulted in the placement of the anti-tollroads referendum on the statewide ballot as Proposition 2, which passed with votes in excess of 91% across Texas.
What may have been Reed’s greatest moment came on April 28, 2018, when County Judge Craig Doyal not only refused to allow Reed to speak to the Commissioners Court against Doyal’s beloved $107 million, 3 mile, TX 249 Tollway, but also Doyal actually had Reed arrested and taken out of the Courtroom. Doyal made clear that he just didn’t want to hear what Reed had to say, because Reed opposed Doyal’s Tollway.
Reed worked at the State Republican Convention in June, 2018, in San Antonio for Empower Texans at their booth near the Convention Floor. Reed was also a Delegate representing Montgomery County who voted and campaigned for the election of conservative James Dickey as State Republican Chairman. Reed is a close associate and friend of Dickey.
On June 26, 2018, the County GOP Executive Committee elected Reed unanimously as Executive Vice Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party. It’s important to note that County Chairman Wally Wilkerson presided over that meeting and that Precinct Chairs aligned with Wilkerson joined in electing Reed unanimously without any opposition.
As County GOP Vice Chairman, Reed has particularly shined. He’s shown a magnanimity and maturity that Wilkerson and Wilkerson’s allies clearly have not displayed. When Wilkerson walked out of the August 28, 2018, County GOP Executive Committee meeting, Reed immediately took control of the meeting as Vice Chairman. Reed announced that he was doing so “with regrets” and didn’t utter one negative word about Wilkerson. Instead, Reed just ran an efficient meeting to get business done.
Reed’s excellent work running both the August 28 and the August 7 County GOP Executive Committee meetings stands in marked contrast to Wilkerson’s poor handling of County GOP Executive Committee meetings where Wilkerson has appeared flustered, angry, and willing to allow his allies disrupt the gatherings with profanities and hateful threats.
There is no question that Reed has shown substantially greater maturity and wisdom than Wilkerson or Wilkerson’s allies during the County GOP Executive Committee meetings.
Reed’s outstanding leadership of the Montgomery County Republican Party, with Wilkerson AWOL, has extended to his work in leading the Victory 2018 General Election campaign, his leadership of the Montgomery County Republican Party Steering Committee, and informal meetings to set strategy, organize, and implement campaigns.
Montgomery County is witnessing the rise of a shining political star, Reagan William Reed, who will undoubtedly reach great heights, as he already has done so at the young age of 21.