In a much-anticipated announcement made in front of an enthusiastic crowd at a Montgomery County Tea Party meeting, conservative activist Jon Bouche confirmed that he will be running for chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party in the March 3, 2020 primary.
“Tonight, I am here to announce that I will be running for the chairmanship of the Montgomery County Republican Party,” said Bouche. “This was not an office I was seeking, but after consulting with my wife, my closest friends, other members of the party as well as some past and present elected officials in this county, I was compelled to consider this pursuit.”
The announcement was well-received by numerous Republican precinct chairs and party leaders who attended the meeting and are already backing Bouche, who pledged to bring unity to a fractured party which has experienced turmoil in recent years.
Bouche is a business owner who graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BA in Law Enforcement and Police Science. He is the founder and former chairman of the Lone Star Christian Chamber of Commerce. Bouche currently serves on the board of directors for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.
Bouche and his wife of 31 years, Jeannine, have lived in Montgomery County since 2004 and have three children. Bouche is also the frontman for the popular local band Johnny and the Spinsations.
Over the years, Bouche has become one of the most influential leaders within the Republican Party, serving as a member of the MCRP Steering Committee and as a precinct chair. Bouche is widely perceived to be someone who can bring healing to the party after it was thrown into chaos in July 2018, when current chairman Wally Wilkerson refused to acknowledge the bylaws adopted by the majority of the party.
Wilkerson, 89, who has been in office for 55 years, parted ways with the Republican Party of Texas, taking the MCRP’s money and setting up a splinter organization. In October 2018, the RPT held a hearing on Wilkerson’s alleged misconduct and issued a ruling that he had engaged in “behavior designed to disgrace the Republican Party” and “failed to perform a statutory duty.”
Wilkerson has not stated publicly whether he intends to run for another term. Either way, Bouche is running full steam ahead. “It was after much thought and prayer that I became convinced that for the sake of the party, I had to run” he said. “We have to win.”