Image: State Representative Mark Keough filed to run for Montgomery County Judge as a reform candidate to clean up the mess of corruption in the Montgomery County government.
Conroe, March 5 – Mark Keough is not perfect, but he knows that. Craig Doyal is not perfect, but he wants us to think he is. Fundamentally, that’s why the citizens of Montgomery County should exert their power and put Mark Keough into office as Montgomery County Judge tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in the Republican Primary Election, which will ultimately determine the next Judge.
The difference between Keough and Doyal is humility. Keough has it. Doyal doesn’t. Keough listens to people, while Doyal does not and seems to believe the act of winning an election in 2014 somehow gave him more wisdom than anyone else.
Yesterday morning at the Woodlands Bible Church, Keough, the Senior Pastor, gave a sermon on the life of Joseph, the great-grandson of Abraham and the son of Jacob. As Genesis tells the story, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery at the age of 17. Joseph had extraordinary personal talents and gifts. He was a nice looking person with a thoughtful and warm personality. He had great personal integrity.
Joseph’s attributes made him the object of jealousy and great enmity among those people who perceived they didn’t equal him. Therefore, Joseph’s life for the next 13 years was one of great challenges, personal tests of character, and setbacks. At the age of 30, however, the Egyptian Pharaoh pulled Joseph out of the dungeon and within a few hours made him the prime minister of the great nation. Joseph exercised the skills he had developed through adversity to be a great leader of an entire country.
Joseph would have been a mere guy with talent, if it had not been for God’s plan and the terrible personal calamities through which he challenged Joseph.
What a great analogy for Montgomery County, Texas!
Montgomery County is a beautiful place with wonderful people. We enjoy the proximity to a giant metropolis but don’t have to suffer the big city problems. Many parts of our community have a rural feel while there are areas with great bookstores, restaurants, and shopping. We enjoy diversity in every form.
Nevertheless, and it’s a long story why, this wonderful community has suffered a terribly corrupt local government for a long time. Up until the late 1970s, the democrats were the good ol’ boys who corruptly excluded the citizens from government power. Now, the Republicans have become the new good ol’ boys so they could lead a sleeping electorate to place them into positions of power every November.
Montgomery County has suffered terrible calamities under the failed leadership of County Judge Craig Doyal, who, by secrecy and duplicity, has grown the County government’s spending at a rate faster than the federal government or any county in Texas.
Something else has happened over the past few years, however. The citizens have arisen. Individuals such as Kelli Cook, Reagan Reed, Ginger Russell, and Bill O’Sullivan have made it clear that they’ve had enough of the corruption. They’ve begun to communicate that they’re taking the power back from Doyal and his corrupt band of cronies.
2018 can be the election equivalent of when Pharaoh pulled Joseph out of the dungeon and permitted him to use the skills, talent, and gifts that God had given him.
In place of Joseph in this story, however, happens to be you and I and all of our colleagues who enjoy the title of “citizen” among the great 562,000 people living in Montgomery County. How do we exercise those skills, that talent, and those gifts? Two major ways: first, we must vote on March 6; second, we must remain constantly vigilant towards the people whom we elect. We, as citizens, have a continuing duty to look inside of the government to ensure it’s doing our bidding.
That is the difference between Mark Keough and Craig Doyal. Keough will answer our call, our criticism, our compliments, and our objections. Doyal has refused to work with the citizens as their servant, because he believes he lords over them. To Keough, who realizes he is not perfect, we the citizens are his equals. To Doyal, who wants us to believe he is perfect, he cannot acknowledge to the citizens that he is a servant.