Willis, January 29 – Running for Montgomery County Judge, State Representative Mark Keough delivered a hard-hitting, no-nonsense, speech to the roomful of Republican activists to explain why he’s running against embattled incumbent Craig Doyal in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election. The speech, which Keough delivered on January 25, 2018, during a candidate forum, drew thunderous applause.
The entire text of Keough’s momentous speech follows.
“My name is Mark Keough and I’m the State Representative for House District 15. I want to explain why I’m making the change to run for County Judge.
“There are three reasons I’m doing this. First of all because we have soaring taxes. As good as things are, there’s not a person who would not agree we have soaring taxes. Secondly, we should be ahead of the curve in the mobility game, but we are way behind. Thirdly, to restore ethics and trust in the Montgomery County government.
“Did you know we have had a drop in our tax rate? But every year we’re writing bigger and bigger checks. Why is that? Because we’ve had a 144% increase in our property values. Now, take the 2 cents that we’ve had drop, throw in the 20% homestead exemption that we got this year for the first time and should’ve gotten since 1989, and we see a 133% increase in our taxes. It’s got to stop. People are being priced out of their homes, but that’s not all.
“Here’s what else you’re getting from your taxes: we have no County mobility plan. Do you know that south county has a mobility plan and they are utilizing that mobility plan, but they have only one-fifth of the population of Montgomery County overall. We’re behind the game. Think about that the next time you’re sitting on F.M. 1097. The County Commissioner and the individuals who are willing to step up as a the citizens advisory committee should be the ones who are putting this plan together. It should not be the County Judge’s campaign donors. It should not be engineering companies through crony deals. It’s as simple as that.
“What else are we getting for our taxes? I talk about establishing trust. I talk about establishing an ethics program. Unfortunately, we have a situation where our judge is mired in an ethical crisis. It’s not you. It’s not me. It’s the one in charge. We hate to talk about this. We feel bad in talking about this. But this is what’s going on. As a matter of fact, within a few weeks of his election he developed a ‘Hit List’ to quash anyone who would speak out in opposition. Within the first three years, he’s had two grand jury investigations, one indictment, and is currently in an investigation right now. I didn’t make this stuff up. Truth is stranger than fiction, and this is exactly what’s happening in our county.
“We are a republic. That means we are responsible to listen to you and in listening to you, we make decisions on your behalf that you want us to make, not because we want to be king.
“My name is Mark Keough. I ask for your support.” [Thunderous applause.]