Image: Conservative Republican political activist Ginger Russell (left) and her husband Calvin Russell (right).
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Magnolia and Conroe, December 14 – Conservative Republican political activist Ginger Russell is the Sixth Most Powerful of the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County. Russell continues to give her political nemesis, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, fits. Riley campaigned hard to defeat Russell as a Republican Precinct Chair. Russell won. Riley’s campaign manager and party planner Kristin Christ also worked to defeat Russell. Russell easily won against her as well.
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, she or he can get things done in Montgomery County. This year is the fifth that The Golden Hammer is publishing this list. In 2016, the former Publisher of this newspaper published the list on social media before this newspaper began.
So far, The Golden Hammer has named four other people in the Power Top Ten:
#7, Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley
#8, Conroe ISD Superintendent Curtis Null
#9, Businessman and power broker Simon Sequeira
#10, Precinct 1 Montgomery County Commissioner Wayne Mack.
#6, Conservative Republican political activist Ginger Russell
Conservative political activist Ginger Russell won’t ever give up. The citizens of Montgomery County and of Texas have benefitted from Russell’s persistence on a broad range of issues, mostly concerning public education.
Russell, an elected Republican Precinct Chair, the County Republican Party’s Education Committee Chair, and the Senatorial District 7 Resolutions Committee Chair rarely relies on any of those titles or positions. Rather, she is a force unto herself.
Russell led the fight against the Magnolia ISD bond referendum, which came close to defeat on November 8. In fact, the referendum still faces a recount lawsuit, because the election, thanks to Russell’s leadership, was so close.
On September 17, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 3, prohibiting the teaching of “critical race theory” in Texas public schools, into law. Senate Bill 3, passed during the second Special Session of the 87th Legislature, resulted from the passage of House Bill 3979 in the Regular Session of the 87th Texas Legislature on May 28 after which Abbott signed that bill into law on June 15. HB 3979 passed in the Texas House of Representatives thanks to its author Steve Toth, Republican of The Woodlands, and thanks to its Senate sponsor Brandon Creighton, Republican of Conroe.
Russell, however, was the person in Toth’s and Creighton’s community, Montgomery County, who first raised the issue and began to educate both her group of friends, the public, and eventually Toth and Creighton and their staff. Russell learned about “critical race theory” from her enormous network of informants inside and outside of Texas public schools, which such network she’s developed over the past 30 years of working on these types of issues involving indoctrination of innocent children without their parents’ knowledge.
Russell first raised the “critical race theory” issue before the Magnolia Independent School District Board of Trustees, her primary nemesis on education matters. After that school board ignored her, she came to this newspaper with the issue to help her raise awareness among parents, educators, and policymakers. She didn’t let up until she got the attention of her legislators and a wide swath of concerned taxpayers.
Russell also has been sharply critical of the International Baccalaureate program in the Magnolia ISD and in approximately 150 Texas public school districts. School boards despite her criticism of this program, because they’ve so totally accepted its anti-capitalist, pro-United Nations world view. Russell in 2022 convinced the Republican Party of Texas to include criticism of the International Baccalaureate program in its statewide Platform, even though the local Republican Chairman and one of his buddies opposed the Platform Plank.
What is so extraordinary about Russell is that she’s willing to take withering personal criticism from politicans and their allies who feel she threatens them. Nevertheless, she refuses to back down, just like the widow in Jesus’ Parable of the Persistent Widow.
Russell is an expert in the field of home schooling and education. She successfully home schooled her own children and has worked closely with the massive network of home schooling parents in Montgomery County and statewide.
Russell is also just plain a lot of fun. She and her husband Calvin are two of the nicest and most warm individuals you’ll ever meet in this community. They seem to like everyone, even Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, who seems to have developed an intense and out-of-control hatred for the Russells.
In 2020, Russell also worked hard on the education issues she holds dear. Russell drafted and got passed by the Montgomery County Republican Party’s Executive Committee a resolution condemning the use of “social and emotional learning” in local public schools. She has continued to appear at Magnolia ISD Board of Trustees meetings where her public comments send fear into the hearts of the school’s officials.
Russell has started to focus on the use of Marxist doctrine both in public schools and churches. She has openly criticized “social justice” warriors, who have used that appellation as a pleasant method of hiding their real agenda to collectivize thought and destroy individual achievement. Russell has particularly criticized the Southern Baptist Convention and its churches for their sharp turn to the left in the past decade.
When political candidates want to get something done in southwest Montgomery County, or in the Texas Legislature, they often consult with Russell his is force both locally and across Texas.
Russell, the “Quiet Lady From Magnolia,” most definitely has established herself as one of the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County, because she gets it done.