Image: Through dynamic leadership and charisma, Conroe Mayor Jody Czajkoski (right) and his wife Conroe First Lady Nicole Czajkoski (left) thrust themselves into the ranks of the Power Top Ten, tied at position #8 with Quadvest President Simon Sequeira.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Montgomery County, December 7 – Conroe Mayor Jody Czajkoski, his wife Conroe First Lady Nicole Czajkoski, and Quadvest President Simon Sequeira are tied as the Eighth Most Powerful of the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County.
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 fourth 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 two other peoepl in the Power Top Ten:
#9, Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch.
#10, Conservative Republican activist Ginger Russell.
#8: Conroe Mayor Jody Czajkoski and First Lady Nicole Czajkoski
Last month, Jody Czajkoski, a local real estate developer and broker, took the oath of office as the Mayor of Conroe. Czajkoski had vowed to bring dynamic leadership to the city which is Montgomery County’s County seat and which is the largest municipality in Montgomery County, as well as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Czajkoski, who had served part of a term as a City Councilman, built a strong coalition of Conroe residents who want to see the city continue to grow and transform as a major locale while preserving the town’s community feeling.
Czajkoski received strong endorsements from local police and firefighters as well as the thousands of people whom he met while campaigning door-to-door in Conroe’s residential areas.
Czajkoski has expressed a sensitivity to high taxes and has agreed that there is a need to watch taxpayer’s pocketbooks, as the city becomes more aggressive in community development.
What makes Czajkoski such an effective politician is his personal charisma and his willingness to have meaningful discussions with his critics. Readers of this newspaper have watched Czajkoski meet with some of the least likely people and turn them into his supporters.
Another critically strong attribute Czajkoski has on his political team is his wife, First Lady Nicole Czajkoski. Nicole Czajkoski was a successful prosecutor in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. She left that job to go into private practice as a criminal defense attorney in downtown Conroe.
Czajkoski served as her husband’s campaign manager and political consultant during the Mayoral campaign. She clearly knows how to win a local election. She has a strong grasp of local issues as well as the advocates for those issues and works closely with the Mayor as his primary advisor.
The Czajkoskis clearly have become Montgomery County’s “power couple.”
Tied for #8: Quadvest President Simon Sequeira
2020 is the third year in a row during which Sequeira made the Power Top Ten List as “loco ocho.” Sequiera has not been quite as publicly vocal during as in previous years.
“Death by regulation is what I call the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District,” was probably the most impactful comment from anyone during Montgomery County’s November 2018 General Election. Quadvest President Simon Sequeira told that to the Montgomery County Tea Party and a capacity audience on August 6, 2018, which even included San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) General Manager Jace Houston and SJRA Board member Kaaren Cambio. If Sequeira could draw Houston, the engineer-lawyer who is a scion of the “establishment,” to a Tea Party meeting, then Sequeira can do just about anything politically.
That’s how The Golden Hammer began this article about Sequeira two years ago. Sequeira deserves the accolade again, because he hasn’t stopped his efforts.
Simon Sequeira, the property rights advocate who is President of Quadvest utility company, has emerged as a major force. While he’s mostly identified with the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) nonpartisan election two years ago, there’s an important manner in which Sequeira profoundly helped the Montgomery County Republican Party. Sequeira has become a leading political campaign fundraiser not only for his causes but for conservative candidates and conservative movements. Sequeira contributed to reform efforts during the Republican Primary Election. He also helped to bankroll the Montgomery County Republican Party’s Victory 2018 campaign. Sequeira has remained a political player throughout 2019 and 2020.
Sequeira began a public speaking campaign in early 2018 to explain the dynamics and technicalities of water over-regulation foisted on Montgomery County citizens by the LSGCD and its cohort, the SJRA. Sequeira isn’t a fiery speaker but he’s not a boring speaker either. In fact, his enthusiasm for the water issue resulted in thousands of citizens becoming knowledgeable about the issue and showing up to elect a pro-citizen LSGCD Board on November 6. Sequeira began a speaking tour on water regulation right around the Republican Primary Election and built a strong coalition of conservative activists who wanted to help restore property rights to groundwater producers and users in Montgomery County.
Sequeira has a modesty and lack of brashness that are rare among people with his influence. He’s got a brilliant mind, a pleasant personality, and a willingness to back up his beliefs with hard work and dedication.
Sequeira did a superb job making clear to the majority of voters that everyone needed a new LSGCD, so that we’d all have a chance to pay reasonable amounts for our water bills, or as brilliant political leader Jon Bouche, a close Sequeira ally, said, “Let’s stop suffering water bills where the dollar amounts have a comma in them.”
In 2018, Sequeira showed that he is willing to put his money where his mouth is. More importantly, Sequeira revealed to Montgomery County that he’s a brilliant strategist and communicator.
On November 15, 2019, Sequeira and Quadvest made the following announcement:
“Quadvest has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) due to their illegal and criminal behavior. Rather than focus on their primary mission of flood control, SJRA has spent the last 20 years scheming to artificially control water rates in Montgomery County. As evidenced by their abject failure during Hurricane Harvey, SJRA has failed at their primary mission to protect the San Jacinto watershed. Instead, SJRA has violated the Clayton Act and the Sherman Act by illegally monopolizing and fixing the price of water in Montgomery County.
“SJRA has long desired to control all water in Montgomery County, but because our county is such a water-rich part of the state, there was no need for providers to turn to SJRA for help. In fact, Montgomery County possesses 180,000,000-acre feet of groundwater beneath it. More than all the lakes in Texas combined, multiplied by five. So, SJRA turns to another agency to do their dirty work, The Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD). LSGCD, with SJRA sitting on its board, passed rules, later found to be illegal in court, that allowed SJRA to force water providers into illegal contracts that violate federal laws.
“Quadvest seeks the truth, fairness and justice for the people of Montgomery County.”
Sequeira has once again shown his fearlessness. In fact, United States District Judge Vanessa Gilmore of Houston agreed with Sequeira in a written opinion in 2020 denying SJRA’s motion to dismiss Quadvest’s antitrust lawsuit. SJRA is quaking in its boots, because it could lose its existence if that lawsuit goes the wrong way.
Sequeira didn’t just work to elected the LSGCD Board of Directors. He has remained vigilant and monitored their behavior at almost every Board meeting. When LSGCD strayed from open government or property rights principles, Sequeira worked behind-the-scenes to correct the error of their ways, and he succeeded.
Sequeira is extremely likable and smart. Don’t let his friendly image fool you. The man is a genuine powerhouse in business and politics.