Power Top Ten: Runners-Up and “Where ares”

Conroe, December 29 – The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, has continued 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 […]

Power Top Ten #1: Texas Patriots PAC President Julie Turner (with major assists from Jon Bauman and Bill O’Sullivan)

Power Top Ten #1: Texas Patriots PAC President Julie Turner (with major assists from Jon Bauman and Bill O’Sullivan)

Image: Dr. Julie Turner (left), President of the Texas Patriots PAC, is easily the Most Powerful Person in Montgomery County and at the top of The Golden Hammer‘s Power Top Ten list. In this photograph at the Saddle River Range on F.M. 1488 near Magnolia, Turner appears with former Montgomery Police Chief Jim Napolitano (center) and […]

Power Top Ten #2: Conservative Republican activists Kelli Cook and Ginger Russell

Power Top Ten #2: Conservative Republican activists Kelli Cook and Ginger Russell

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 […]

Power Top Ten #3: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon (with some important assists)

Power Top Ten #3: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon (with some important assists)

Image: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon appeared before the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on November 20, 2018, to discuss the causes of murder in the community. Conroe, December 22 – Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon is the third (3rd) Most Powerful Person of the Top Ten Most Powerful People in Montgomery County. In this […]

Power Top Ten #4: Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed

Power Top Ten #4: Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed

Image: On November 27, 2018, Montgomery County Republican Vice Chairman Reagan Reed (right) joined Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack (left) at Noack’s Annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive. Conroe, December 19 – Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed is the fourth (4th) Most Powerful Person of the Top Ten Most Powerful People in […]

Power Top Ten, #5: Montgomery County Judge-Elect Mark Keough

Power Top Ten, #5: Montgomery County Judge-Elect Mark Keough

Image: Left to right, real estate developer Danny Signorelli, Montgomery County Judge-Elect Mark Keough, incoming FLOMoCo (pronounced FLO-mo-co) Kim Keough, and State Board of Education Member Barbara Cargill. Conroe, December 16 – Montgomery County Judge-Elect Mark Keough is the fifth (5th) Most Powerful Person of the Top Ten Most Powerful People in Montgomery County. The […]

Power Top Ten #6: Commissioner James Noack

Power Top Ten #6: Commissioner James Noack

Image: Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack has been amassing bureaucratic influence within the Montgomery County government, especially after his grand bargain with the “establishment” during the 2017 budget hearings. Conroe and The Woodlands, December 13 – Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack is the sixth (6th) Most Powerful Person of the Top […]

Power Top Ten #7: Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson

Power Top Ten #7: Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson

Image: On August 10, 2018, Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson met then-United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas. Henderson is a gifted politician and his own best friend and worst enemy. Conroe, December 10 – Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson is the […]

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 […]

Power Top Ten: #9 John Holzwarth and Montgomery County government vendors’ “deep state”

Power Top Ten: #9 John Holzwarth and Montgomery County government vendors’ “deep state”

Image: Engineer John Holzwarth (right) represents the “deep state” of Montgomery County government vendors who exercise vast control over the Commissioners Court and its decisions. More than any other member of the Commissioners Court, Mike Meador, the Precinct 1 County Commissioner, enables the “deep state.” In this photograph Holzwarth and Meador appear at Meador’s May, […]