Similar to many tireless activists, Kelli Cook isn’t afraid of taking on big tasks—especially when it comes to combating big government. As the Montgomery County Coordinator for Campaign for Liberty, Cook enjoys standing up to tyrannical officials and bloated government.

A resident of Montgomery County for many years, Cook became involved in grassroots efforts in 2008. She said she felt the call to join the movement after experiencing, “big government Bush followed by even bigger government Obama.”

Cook joined the Montgomery County Tea Party, of which she is still an active member, and soon found herself on a bus to the nation’s capitol to rally against the “Affordable Care Act.” When asked about the experience she said, “My husband was out of town, and out of reach of cell service, so I left him a note on the fridge. Gone to DC to try to stop Obamacare.” She said he has been exasperated ever since.

She’s also an active member of the John Birch Society, the Republican Liberty Caucus, and Open Carry Texas. While not busy with her many obligations, Cook is leading the charge to rid Montgomery County of red-light cameras and growing local support in favor of statewide legislation to ban photo enforcement. Her group is also passionate about getting Texas to adopt constitutional carry legislation.

Cook’s primary goal, through activism, is to expand freedom and put government back in its proper role. She wants the grassroots to focus on local governments including school boards, county commissioner courts, and city councils because she knows those are the governing bodies that have a direct and immediate influence on the day-to-day life of Texans. Her local focus has made her a vocal critic of components of the upcoming Montgomery County road bond proposition. Cook and others have been successful in giving voice to other concerned residents.

As a result, Montgomery County knows her as a force to be reckoned with.

Seeing government officials who act as bullies, and push people around makes her want to push back. “I was taught early in life to stand up to bullies…I did not learn this in the classroom; I learned it on the way home,” says Cook. She is determined to continue to resist political overreach and hopes she can continue to encourage others to do the same.

Whether it’s fighting dubious road bonds or organizing open carry walks, Kelli Cook’s determination to hold government accountable and defend freedom is undoubtedly a benefit to those in her community.

Charles Blain

Charles Blain is the president of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute. A native of New Jersey, he is based in Houston and writes on municipal finance and other urban issues.


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