Image: Individually, Kelli Cook (left) and Ginger Russell (right) are mighty warriors, but, together, the two conservative Republican activists are like an entire army.
Conroe, December 25 – Conservative Republican activists Kelli Cook and Ginger Russell work closely together on many projects but individually they’d easily tie as the second (2nd) Most Powerful Person of the Top Ten Most Powerful People in Montgomery County. When they work together, they’re a mighty powerhouse.
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. This year is the second that The Golden Hammer is publishing this list. In 2016, the Publisher of this newspaper published the list on social media before this newspaper began.
So far, The Golden Hammer has named six members of the Power Top Ten:
#3: Brett Ligon, Montgomery County District Attorney (with assists from the women and men of the District Attorney’s Office and others in the Montgomery County law enforcement community)
#4: Reagan Reed, Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman (with an assist from Party Treasurer John Hill Wertz)
#5: Mark Keough, Montgomery County Judge-Elect
#6: James Noack, Precinct 3 County Commissioner
#7: Rand Henderson, Montgomery County Sheriff
#8: Simon Sequeira, Quadvest President and property rights advocate (with assists from real estate developers Mike Stoecker and Danny Signorelli)
#9: John Holzwarth and the Montgomery County government vendors’ “Deep State” (with assists from Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador and lame duck County Judge Craig Doyal)
#10: United States Congressman Kevin Brady.
Power Top Ten #2: Conservative Republican activists Kelli Cook and Ginger Russell
The impact that Kelli Cook of Willis and Ginger Russell of Magnolia have had individually is remarkable. When they team up, as they often do, their might is staggering.
Cook almost single-handedly delivered the 20% homestead exemption to Montgomery County citizens when she vociferously lobbied the Commissioners Court to approve it. She was an intellectual force arguing in favor of the tax exemption which Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack, Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark, and, eventually, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley could not resist.
Statewide, Cook has led the fight against red light cameras. She’s petitioned against them in the City of Willis and other municipalities. Every legislative hearing in Austin on the issue includes testimony from Cook, the state’s leading authority on the subject. Cook is also the Gulf Coast Regional Coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty, the political organization of Dr. Ron Paul, the former Congressman and Presidential candidate. Cook and Paul are close allies and friends.
Originally, the Montgomery County Republican Party Steering Committee left Cook off of the Victory 2018 Steering Committee membership list of activists who would run the Party’s November 6 General Election campaign. Victory 2018 Steering Committee Chairman Dale Inman quickly got Cook involved as the Treasurer of the Political Action Committee which financed the Party’s General Election (while County GOP Chairman Wally Wilkerson was busy raising money to pay for his office overhead instead of doing anything to elect Republican candidates.)
Within a few weeks of the beginning of the campaign, Cook clearly began to run it all. She set the strategy. She organized block-walking. She worked with Inman to design the message. She ran the telephone banks. Cook recruited the volunteers, distributed campaign materials, worked with volunteers directly, and worked the polls constantly. Cook and her team even organized a highly-successful “Get Out The Vote” party to honor the Republican volunteers.
Montgomery County took United States Senator Ted Cruz over the top in his closer-than-expected electoral contest against the Irish democrat from El Paso. In fact, Cook and her team delivered almost half of Cruz’s statewide margin over the democrat just from Montgomery County’s margin for Cruz alone. Cook and the Victory 2018 Steering Committee, along with the great leadership of Vice Chairman Reagan Reed and the Republican Party Steering Committee, truly got the job done on November 6, as Montgomery County was the only major suburban County in all of Texas which pushed back the democrat tide. Ultimately, Montgomery County voted 75% Republican in the General Election, largely thanks to Cook and her team.
Russell is a Republican Precinct Chair in the Magnolia area and has gained fame with her nickname, “The Quiet Lady From Magnolia,” which others have given to her. She’s one of the leading experts in the United States on the subject of unnecessary regulation of homeschooling. She stood up to Congressman Kevin Brady, his little helper Christian Collins, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and others on the issue. The wording in the Republican Party of Texas Platform on homeschooling issues largely emanates from the work of Russell and her allies in the anti-regulation-of-homeschooling movement.
In the course of her work on homeschooling, Russell has become one of the leading authorities in Texas on curriculum development in public schools. Russell is truly the statewide and local watchdog fighting for traditional curricula that don’t include the indoctrination of children to support collectivism.
In the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, Russell earned her moniker as “The Quiet Lady” in her amazing work for conservative icon Gregory Parker, the former County Commissioner who challenged the re-election of Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley. Russell truly fired up the political activist troops to support Parker. She was everywhere for him in the campaign. Parker came very close to defeating the Republican-In-Name-Only Riley, who has voted for increased government spending, tollroads without voter approval, political cronyism in County contract awards, and transgender adoptions while opposing the Montgomery County law enforcement community at almost every turn. Parker versus Riley was a clear conservative versus liberal electoral contest, and Russell was the primary person who got that message out.
On August 14, 2018, one of the truly remarkable political occurrences happened in Montgomery County. The Magnolia Independent School District held a referendum to instigate a tax hike and utilized every trick available to the education bureaucracy to depress voter turnout of regular citizens and to favor educational bureaucrats who wanted the tax hike. Riley, his best friend former Sheriff Tommy Gage (a closet liberal who also seems to support higher government spending and tax increases whenever he has the chance), and Riley’s core supporters in the City of Magnolia all supported the Magnolia ISD tax hike.
But then came the tsunami of Russell and Cook. Almost their entire grassroots campaign against the tax hike was just the two of them. They walked door-to-door in key neighborhoods, created their own anti-tax campaign literature, advertised on the Internet, phone-banked (if that’s what you would call two people making thousands of telephone calls), and worked to get the anti-tax vote out during Early Voting and on the bizarre August 14 Election Day.
Russell and Cook beat the Magnolia ISD establishment like a drum in the August 14 election with 1,694 votes against the referendum to 1,603 votes in favor of it, a 51.38% to 48.62% result and a striking victory for two dynamic political forces. While the Magnolia ISD spent thousands of public dollars to promote the tax hike, Russell and Cook beat them like a drum on a dime.
They’re each amazing on their own. As a team, Cook and Russell terrify the anti-reform establishment.
Kelli Cook and Ginger Russell can get stuff done in Montgomery County. More than anyone, Ted Cruz, the taxpayers of Magnolia, and supporters of the Republican November General Election slate ought to appreciate their amazing work and thank them profusely.