My wife and I moved to McKinney in 1989 to build a home and start a family. Ultimately I moved my law practice here as well. I began volunteering in McKinney first at my church and my kids school and ultimately in city Government. I served on the City Council for six years beginning in 2002 and served as Mayor Pro Tem from 2004 to 2007.
During my tenure on Council we increased commercial project values from 44 million dollars per year to over 160 million. Our ½ cent sales tax revenues used to fund quality of life projects and economic development projects increased from $6 million dollars per year to 18 million dollars per year. We brought commercial projects to the city including EDS Corporate flight department at the airport which pays almost $2 million dollars per year in tax revenue for the benefit of the McKinney Independent School District and the city. We also approved expansions of Raytheon, Simpson Strong Tie, Tenet Tracker, Experien and Torchmark Insurance. We brought quality healthcare projects to McKinney including Regional Cancer Center, Methodist Hospital McKinney, Rita Talbert Cancer Center, Cirrus Healthcare and Cooper Clinic. We also approved zoning for new quality developments including Adriatica and Tucker Hill. We constructed 11 new parks, improved Old Settler's park and Finch Park and approved improvements to the Wilson Creek Soccer Complex and Craig Ranch Soccer Complex. We also initiated infrastructure improvements in downtown, the airport, east side of McKinney and partnered with other governmental agencies to provide improvements on Highways 121, 75 and 380 that are ongoing now.
Many of the projects that are underway require relationships with TXDOT, NTTA, the County and the Federal Government. My experience in dealing with these agencies while Mayor Pro Tem, is a benefit to the office of Mayor. We need to send a positive message about McKinney's future. We need to build on our partnerships with our school districts and neighboring cities to bring quality of life and a quality tax base to our community. We are in a growth corridor and we need to complete our transportation projects and infrastructure projects as we work to bring quality commercial development to our city.
We need to send a message of optimism. We need to stop focusing on what we are not but instead focus on what we can be and can achieve.
We all moved to McKinney for a reason. I want to be a Mayor that promotes McKinney in a proactive, positive manner. Let's plan McKinney, not just for today, but for 5, 10 and 20 years from today.
I respectfully request your support as Mayor of McKinney. Early voting has begun and continues through May 5. Election Day is May 9. Together we can shape McKinney's future today.
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