Learn more about the candidates running for Frisco City Council Place 1 ahead of the May 4 election.

Candidates were asked to keep responses under 50 words, answer the questions provided and avoid attacking opponents. Answers may have been edited or cut to adhere to those guidelines, or for style and clarity.

Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

*indicates incumbent

John Keating*

Experience: Legislative, Governance, Budget & Audit Committees; Regional Transportation Council; Mayors Veterans Council; Leadership Frisco XIII

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Contact Information: 214-587-0827

Why are you running for office?

Experience matters! I love Frisco and have dedicated over 10,000 hours to serving our city. I have a proven track record of building a city of excellence, safety, and fiscal responsibility. As an Army veteran and architect of Frisco’s success, I'm committed to guiding our city to its fullest potential.

What are the biggest challenges Frisco is facing?

Managing population growth, engaging residents, and keeping our city safe are the biggest challenges. As the city grows, preserving our small-town feel is key. Frisco is the epicenter of the Texas economic success story, with our partnerships as the foundation. The result is a safe and vibrant community for everyone!

How do you plan to address these issues?

I'm dedicated to working with city staff, diverse residents, and corporate partners to ensure Frisco remains safe, welcoming, and connected. While we don’t always agree on city council, we have common goals and shared vision. I’ve led from a position of trust and responsibility, and my success speaks for itself.

What would your top priorities be if you are elected?

My first priority is to the citizens who call Frisco home. I’ve voted to commit half our tax dollars to public safety every year, kept our tax rate low, increased our homestead exemption, and enhanced the quality of life for all. I will continue to work to keep Frisco No. 1!

Mark Piland

Experience: Former Fire Chief for Frisco, 20 years executive level experience, 40 years in local government

Occupation: Public safety consultant

Contact Information: 469-980-8060

Why are you running for council?

I am running for council because “You the residents deserve better” I will be their advocate for issues that affect their lives and listen to what matters to them. I will work to return public safety as a real priority and get it back on the council’s priority list.

What are the biggest challenges Frisco is facing?

Traffic and density are always issues; however, residents tell me they have lost trust in some members of councils, and council has stopped listening to them. The Universal Project roll-out is still on the minds of residents and created a loss of trust that requires change.

How do you plan to address these issues?

Truly listening to residents and being their advocate. Attending HOA and Town Hall meetings in their neighborhoods; listening to their concerns and not limiting their time during public comment at council meetings. Being a real voice for public safety and working with other council members to make it a priority.

What would your top priorities be if you are elected?

Being an advocate for the residents, real transparency in government, public safety as a real priority especially staffing. Evaluate the last 17% of undeveloped land and plan for responsible development by working with developers but ensuring people over projects. Representing residents by being an independent voice on council.