Q&A: Jason Money running for Frisco City Council, Place 1

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Jason Money is running for Frisco City Council, Place 1 in the May city elections. He is running against K.D. Warach and incumbent John Keating.

Community Impact Newspaper sent Money a list of questions about his candidacy. His answers are below, edited for style.

1. Why did you decide to run for this office?

I decided to run for City Council years ago, and have just been waiting for the right time. I had a lot of things I wanted to do first—with my community service, in raising and coaching my daughters, and in my professional life. Now with those all fairly accomplished (not “finished” per se, but I’ve checked off a lot of big boxes), I’m ready to take the next step. I think the time is right, not just for me to run for the seat but for Frisco to have a council member who brings what I bring to the table.

2. What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position?

I don’t think there is any “one correct resume” that one must have to serve on council, because the city is constantly evolving. What we need today is different from what we needed in 2008 and 1998 and 1988. Residents do deserve and expect leadership with a diverse base of experiences and expertise, which ought to be relevant to the current environment. For where Frisco is today, I think I will bring value as an entrepreneur, job creator and innovator, as well as my established background in 10 plus years of building youth sports and young athletes in Frisco. Serving on homeowners association boards on both sides of town helps me uniquely understand our neighborhood differences and needs. Two terms on Frisco’s Community Development Corp. board means I’m familiar with the unique processes and funding that allow us to invest in our community and economy unlike any other city in Texas has been able to do.

3. If elected, what would be your top priorities?

My No. 1 priority will be improving and strengthening the relationship between the city of Frisco and Frisco ISD, which are two entities that completely sink or swim together. The working relationships between the two bodies have been strained over the last few years due to state and local politics, which I think is a shame—but it can be repaired and is certainly avoidable going forward. Another big priority for me will be to see Frisco become proactive in its strategic planning for technology as that impacts infrastructure and growth. We can’t sit back and wait for the private sector to come to us and tell us what direction we’re going. Finally, I want to bring my experience in working with blue-chip professional talent to the table as we look to decide who the city’s next visionary hires will be.

4. What else do you want constituents to know about you and your background?

I want Frisco residents to know that I am someone who isn’t looking for new ways to be comfortable. I’m not a politician, and I don’t see that as a place to get elected and rest on my laurels. I believe in honoring the vision and hard work that brought us to the present, while we plan and execute on the vision and hard work that will determine Frisco’s future.

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Lindsey Juarez
Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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