Power Top Ten #8: Utility company President Simon Sequeira with some assists from some citizen-aligned developers

Power Top Ten #8: Utility company President Simon Sequeira with some assists from some citizen-aligned developers

Image: Simon Sequeira had all of his facts and figures for his presentation on groundwater conservation issues and Montgomery County’s over-regulation problem when he spoke to capacity audience at the Montgomery County Tea Party on August 6, 2018. Even San Jacinto River Authority General Manager Jace Houston and SJRA Board member Kaaren Cambio attended the meeting to hear Sequeira’s presentation.

Conroe, December 7 – Quadvest utility company President Simon Sequeira (pronounced “Suh-KAY-da”) is the eighth (8th) Most Powerful Person of the Top Ten Most Powerful People in Montgomery County. There are two real estate developers, Mike Stoecker and Danny Signorelli, with interests closely aligned with the citizens of Montgomery County, who get “assists” because they’ve worked with Sequeira and others to bring some important reforms to this community.

Sequeira and Stoecker were two of the three members of the Board of Directors of Restore Affordable Water (RAW), the property rights, pro-citizen organization which ran a slate of reform-minded candidates for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) in the November 6 General Election. All seven of their slate won election to the LSGCD Board. The third member of the RAW Board is the “Sage,” Bill O’Sullivan.

Stoecker has had enormous influence in the development of the City of Conroe as a member of its Planning Commission and as a well-respected figure in that city for a long time. Signorelli works quietly behind the scenes and is one of the most highly-respected businessmen in Montgomery County. He’s become a major force in East Montgomery County through his Valley Ranch residential and commercial development and he has many other communities that he’s developing as well.

Neither Stoecker nor Signorelli are people who want attention, especially from this newspaper. A lady who is easily one of the most influential people in Montgomery County herself, but is very camera shy and requested anonymity, made the comment, “Signorelli is a successful entrepreneur who has built a development empire and understands that supporting a candidate or elected official financially is not about doing it by himself, but by quietly engaging everyone to make reasonable and smaller contributions in an environment where their concerns can be addressed and discussed.”

Sequeira, Stoecker, and Signorelli have all become master political fundraisers who are all intelligent, reform-minded, and extraordinarily resourceful.

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 two members of the Power Top Ten:

#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.

#8: Simon Sequeira, Quadvest President and property rights advocate

“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 6 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.

Simon Sequeira, the property rights advocate who is President of Quadvest utility company, has emerged as a major force during the 2018 Elections. While he’s mostly identified with the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) nonpartisan election, 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 March 6 Republican Primary Election. He also helped to bankroll the Montgomery County Republican Party’s Victory 2018 campaign.

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 March 6 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.

There’s a common thread between the three, Sequeira, Stoecker, and Signorelli. All three of them have carefully aligned their business interests with the interests of the vast majority of the citizens of Montgomery County.

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.”

Stoecker worked closely with Sequeira in the LSGCD election and has been involved in a lot more campaigns as a major strategist and fundraiser than many generally realize. Signorelli is almost universally-liked both among the political “establishment” such as Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador and among reform-minded leaders such as Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack and Montgomery County Judge-Elect Mark Keough.

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.

It’s hard not to like all three of them – Sequeira, Stoecker, and Signorelli – because they truly are making Montgomery County a better place through the success of their businesses.

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