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50th Anniversary of the Montgomery County Republican Party

By Dr. Walter (Wally) Wilkerson,

County Chairman 1964 to Present

Released November 10, 2001


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The Montgomery County Republican Party will commemorate fifty years of Republican activity in the county with a 50th Year Celebration on Saturday, February 23, 2002 at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe. The event will recognize volunteers, candidates and mileposts on the road to building and establishing the Republican Party as a strong, effective political organization in Montgomery County since 1952. Mark Turnbull of Conroe has been named the Chairman of this event

“We are collecting political memorabilia and names of volunteers and candidates”, County Chair Dr. Walter Wilkerson said. “Anyone who can help us locate persons who should be invited, including those who have moved away from the county, may call Republican Headquarters at 936-441-5621”. A video presentation is being produced which will include photos and other political materials associated with election years beginning with 1952.  Anyone who desires to work with one of the Celebration Committees may sign up by calling or stopping by Republican Headquarters, located at 310 Collins Street in Conroe.

Honorary Co-Chairs named for the Celebration are President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush; U. S. Senators Phil Gramm and Kay Bailey Hutchison; former Congressman Bill Archer; Congressman Joe Barton; Congressman Kevin Brady; former Governor Bill Clements; former State Republican Chairman and candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1982, George W. Strake, Jr.; and State Senator and former Harris County, Judge Jon Lindsay. Each of these played a major role in the development of the Montgomery County Republican Party. Most, if not all, of these Co-Chairs are expected to attend.

The event will begin with a social hour from 5 PM to 6 PM, and a barbecue buffet will be served from 6 PM to 7 PM. The program is scheduled for 7 PM to 8 PM. Tickets will be $10 each except for children under 10 years of age, who will be admitted free of charge.

A large crowd is anticipated. “With the General Primary set for March 12th, we expect many Republican candidates, both statewide and local, to be present”, Chairman Mark Turnbull remarked.






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