Image: When conservative political operative and activist Kelli Cook (in red shirt holding up peace sign) joins an event, you know politics is the subject of the discussion. Here, in this photograph from the Pacific Yard House on Saturday, December 19, 2019, Cook holds court with some of her closest political allies, from left to right, Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed, Republican activist and Precinct Chair Ashley Burke, renowned family law attorney and Treasurer of the Freedom and Liberty Conservatives PAC Maureen Ball, and GOP Area Chair and Precinct Chair Ginger Russell (standing).
Eric Yollick, Guest Reporter to The Golden Hammer
Montgomery County, December 26 – In a conversation three days ago, Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack told this Guest Reporter, “In our American system of government, people always have the power; they just need to use it.”
“In our American system of government, people always have the power; they just need to use it.” – – Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack, December 23, 2019.
Kelli Cook, Gulf Coast Coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty, Publisher of The Golden Hammer, recent recipient of Empower Texans’ “Conservative Leader Award,” and a slew of other titles and accomplishments is easily the Most Powerful Person in Montgomery County at the present time, because she harnesses the precise power about which Commissioner Noack spoke in the quote directly above.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, continues the tradition of listing the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County. The Power Top Ten doesn’t commemorate the ten best people in Montgomery County necessarily, but the most powerful people who are actually able to accomplish political or policy goals. In other words, he or she can get things done in Montgomery County.
So far, The Golden Hammer has named eight other people in the Power Top Ten:
#2, Texas Patriots PAC President Julie Turner.
#3, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon.
#4, Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack.
#5, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, the “People’s Judge.”
#6, Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson.
#7, Bobby Jack Adams, civil engineer and Halff Associates Regional Vice President who presides over the “deep state” of vendors who control many of the decisions within the Montgomery County government.
#8, Quadvest President and property rights advocate Simon Sequeira.
#9, Conservative Republican activist and Party Official Jon Bouche.
#10, Conroe Independent School District Superintendent Curtis Null.
#1: The Most Powerful Person in Montgomery County, Kelli Cook
The most fundamental principle of American government is that power emanates from the people. Commissioner Noack correctly noted that “they just need to use it.”
The stunning success of Kelli Cook of Willis is that she lives by that concept. Cook both uses the power of the people and, perhaps more importantly, she teaches hundreds, if not thousands, of others how to harness the true political power within the American system of government to put governmental institution on the right course on many occasions. Cook sticks to her principles but she doesn’t make a lot of enemies nonetheless.
Cook’s vast number of titles reflect her energy and her constant willingness to organize and lead while giving others the opportunity to take the credit:
- Gulf Coast Coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty;
- Empower Texans Conservative Leaders Award recipient on December 7, 2019;
- Publisher, The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper;
- Chair, Victory 2020 Steering Committee, Montgomery County Republican Party;
- Chair, Finance Committee, Montgomery County Republican Party;
- Chair, Freedom and Liberty Conservatives PAC;
- Board member, Montgomery County Tea Party;
- Board member and Director of Strategic Operations, Children’s Hope PAC;
- Former Treasurer, Victory 2018 Steering Committee, Montgomery County Republican Party;
- and so much more.
The breadth of Cook’s successful leadership on issues is nothing short of stunning. The following are just some examples:
- Cook pushed the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to adopt a 20% homestead exemption in 2017;
- Cook and her close political ally and friend Ginger Russell almost single-handedly defeated the Magnolia ISD’s tax hike in August, 2018;
- Cook was the primary strategist and the lead organizer of Montgomery County Republican Party’s Victory 2018 General Election campaign, which delivered 42% of United States Senator Ted Cruz’s winning margin statewide;
- Cook was the leader and organizer of the anti-$807 million Conroe ISD bond forces and defeat the school district on May 4 in a bond election for the first time in history;
- Cook led the bond campaign against Conroe ISD’s $23.8 million turf bond, which suffered a defeat on November 5;
- Cook is the chief strategist and organizer for Jon Bouche’s campaign for Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman;
- Cook led the negotiations to get the Conroe ISD to adopt an “effective tax rate” budget in August, 2019, so that taxpayers would not suffer a tax increase;
- Cook, as GOP Finance Committee Chair, along with GOP Treasurer John Hill Wertz, helped organize and run the Montgomery County Republican Party’s very successful First Annual Golf Tournament in October, 2019;
- Cook has led several other smaller fundraiser for the local Republican Party;
- Cook led the effort for the Texas Legislature to ban red light cameras statewide during the 86th Texas Legislative Session. Governor Abbott signed the statewide ban legislation into law.
- Cook joined in the lobbying effort for passage of the JD Lambright Local Government Ethics Reform Act, which also became law after the 86th Texas Legislative Session.
- Cook organized two different activist training schools, one by Campaign for Liberty and one by the Leadership Institute;
- Cook spends many hours every week directly guiding and training conservative political activists how to make their political goals a reality.
Without Montgomery County, President Donald Trump could lose Texas. Without Texas, President Trump would not retain the White House. Clearly, without Cook and the massive army of volunteers she and other local Republican leaders assembled in the 2018 Election, Republicans nationwide will be in trouble. President Trump should remember that he needs to look to Cook for leadership in his re-election effort.
Cook seems like she’s everywhere all of the time working on every issue near and dear to the hearts of conservatives. Her remarkably brilliant mind, non-stop work ethic, and her low-key personality make Cook a gigantic political force both in Montgomery County and across the entire State of Texas.
Cook has thousands of followers, friends, and supporters. Nevertheless, she won’t hesitate to correct them when she knows they’re wrong about something. That’s the reason that many members of the Texas Legislature, local elected officials, and political candidates regularly consult Cook for advice.
Cook has helped the people of Montgomery County and of Texas use their power to act where they should in the organizational chart of government: at the top of the chart.
Kelli Cook is easily the Most Powerful Person in Montgomery County, because she truly gets things done.
(Guest Reporter’s Note: Cook had nothing whatsoever to do with the Power Top Ten list editorially or substantively.)