Montgomery, June 19 – Motivational speaker and experience non-profit organization manager Chad Patterson, a third-generation son of Montgomery County, announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Precinct 1 Montgomery County Commissioner, the position which Mike Meador has filled since 1992. Patterson confirmed that he has spoken with Meador who has said he is retiring and will not seek re-election in 2020.
Patterson issued this announcement on social media:
“With great conviction, humility, and a deep desire to serve and lead in Montgomery County, it’s my intent to run for County Commissioner Pct. 1 in 2020. Since last Fall of 2017, I’ve had many friends and community leaders ask and encourage me to consider running for this position. Leading and serving at such a high level of influence and responsibility in our county would be an incredible honor, with so much at stake. The foundation of my leadership is built upon my faith, integrity, servanthood, stewardship, and a desire to make life better for those I lead. As a 3rd generation Montgomery County resident, I want to continue the legacy of community leadership and service so many have contributed before me, like my Dad Charlie. My wife Liz and I’ve been praying diligently and seeking counsel in making this decision to run, and we both have peace it’s the right thing to do. We welcome your prayers, wisdom, and support. I’m including my personal email and cell number for you to connect with or reach out to me during this process.”
Patterson’s father, Charlie Patterson, was the Deputy Superintendent for the Conroe Independence School District and is the namesake of Patterson Elementary School in Conroe.
Patterson is a 1983 graduate of Conroe High School. He attended Baylor University and explains that he “was trying to be the next Johnny Bench.” Patterson played catcher for five years at Baylor where baseball was a “huge part” of his life. His baseball career ended due to an injury. Patterson graduated from Baylor in 1988 with a degree in marketing. He says he “felt called to the ministry” but, after a brief period, became a special education teacher in the Conroe ISD.
After teaching in the CISD for three years, he started teaching a ropes challenge course within the school district for another twelve years, although he held other positions during that time period as well. The ropes courts was behind Conroe High School from 1994 until approximately 2009.
In 2002, Patterson and his wife moved away from Conroe to Marble Falls where Patterson was the Director of Camp Buckner in the Hill Country. He stayed there until 2011 when he began to work at various other nonprofit organizations. In 2013, Patterson moved back to Conroe to take over the Chief Executive Officer role of Montgomery County Emergency Assistance, which eventually was known as the Crisis Assistance Center, which he describes as a “smaller version of Interfaith in The Woodlands.”
Patterson’s experience in directing the Crisis Assistance Center got him interested in the Montgomery County Commissioners Court where he appeared each year to make budget requests.
Over a year ago, Patterson resigned from the Crisis Assistance Center to do “leadership coaching” and “facilitating” primarily for businesses full-time. Patterson has worked as a leadership trainer for the Leadership Montgomery County program since 1998.
In response to some questions from The Golden Hammer, Patterson said that he supports removing the State Highway 242 flyover tolls, because “It’s pretty clear the people don’t want that, so my first response is to honor the voice of the people, so I’m for removing them.”
As for his position on County Commissioner salaries, Patterson responded, “I have not dug into that issue at all. I’m not ready to answer that question.”
As for his position on County government spending in general, Patterson answered, “I am a ‘government by the people person.’ I believe in stewardship and that it’s the responsibility of leaders to make sure there is not frivolous spending. We need to reduce waste but also meet the needs of the people of the County.”
When asked what his connection is to corrupt local political consultant Marc Davenport, Patterson responded, “I know Marc but I don’t have any formal connection to him. I am friends with Stephanne Davenport.” Patterson said that he is very close with Wayne Mack and that he has served as master of ceremonies for Mack’s annual fundraiser. Patterson said he has not yet hired a political consultant for his campaign.
Patterson said, “There’s so many great leaders in Montgomery County, and I love the legacy they have left.”