Election Q&A: Frisco City Council candidates for Place 5

On Nov. 26, Frisco City Council Member Dan Stricklin said he will run for a seat on the Denton County Commissioners Court. He effectively resigned his Council Place 5 seat, according to Frisco officials. By state law, the city was required to set an election date no later than 120 days from the resignation. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
On Nov. 26, Frisco City Council Member Dan Stricklin said he will run for a seat on the Denton County Commissioners Court. He effectively resigned his Council Place 5 seat, according to Frisco officials. By state law, the city was required to set an election date no later than 120 days from the resignation. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

On Nov. 26, Frisco City Council Member Dan Stricklin said he will run for a seat on the Denton County Commissioners Court. He effectively resigned his Council Place 5 seat, according to Frisco officials. By state law, the city was required to set an election date no later than 120 days from the resignation. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

On Nov. 26, Frisco City Council Member Dan Stricklin said he will run for a seat on the Denton County Commissioners Court. He effectively resigned his Council Place 5 seat, according to Frisco officials. By state law, the city was required to set an election date no later than 120 days from the resignation.

The date could not be set exactly 120 days after the resignation on March 26 due to it being within 30 days of the state primary election March 1.


Learn more about the three candidates who seek to fill the open seat.









Sai Krishna



Occupation: Registered nurse and insurance provider Experience :Advocate in local Indian community and local chapters, director at national organizations in India and the U.S. in different capacities.


Campaign Website: www.votesaikrishna.com




Why are you running for office?



SK: A success is viewed differently by each individual. I define my success as to be able to serve my community that we live in. I have adopted this philosophy to meet my intrinsic need. I have been pursuing this passion of mine in the communities that I lived in starting from Mysore, India, my birthplace, and Frisco, my adopted new home. I see a great deal of work that I could contribute.



What are the biggest challenges facing the residents of Frisco?



SK: When you say challenges, it is a vast area that needs more critique, and needs a talented intervention. Every opportunity is most important to understand, and there are plenty of options that just slipped from the positive outcomes and turned out to be a challenge. Again, we need to change the approach and think outside the box and find a solution.



If elected, what would be your top priorities?



SK: I have three key priorities which I want to emphasize on:Women’s and youth empowerment, infrastructure and public safety.



What are some new ideas or programs you would like the city to explore?



SK: The critical factor is conducting neighborhood meetings in a scheduled calendar more frequently and making sure that I am available to residents. Becoming councilman is not the question; what is coming on the table and unique to residents/city is essential—being said that my delivery of service will be outstanding.











Laura Rummel



Occupation: Director, Strategic Accounts for PayPal Experience :20 years in consumer products and payments industries negotiating agreements with some of the largest companies in the world, City of Frisco Social Services and Housing Board member, and two years of involvement with City Council meetings and working sessions.


Campaign Website: www.LauraforFrisco.com




Why are you running for office?



LR: I first moved to Frisco in 2002 and am passionate about our city. With two decades of leadership experience at Fortune 500 companies, mostly in financial technology, I bring a fresh perspective toward building this city’s best future. I ran for this position in 2020, coming very close in the runoff, and my commitment hasn’t wavered. I’ve stayed very involved and still want to help keep Frisco a place we’re all proud to call home.



What are the biggest challenges facing the residents of Frisco?



LR: Our remaining development needs to be carefully managed. Our infrastructure must be prioritized, maintaining our high standard for city services like public safety, roads and water. The challenge is allocating limited funding to our existing/aging infrastructure and at the same time building a strong foundation for future growth. I support creative ways of increasing city revenues without raising property taxes, like special events and bringing new commercial businesses that are a good fit for Frisco.



If elected, what would be your top priorities?



LR: With George Purefoy set to retire in June, our most urgent priority is hiring our next City Manager. This choice will shape the future of Frisco, and the search goes beyond the City Manager selection (which may or may not be an internal candidate), but also brings the opportunity to create a succession plan. Prioritizing infrastructure, smart growth, developing a world-class center for innovation and entrepreneurship, our parks and our pets are my additional priorities.



What are some new ideas or programs you would like the city to explore?



LR: Innovation and continuous improvement are core practices for me, both personally and professionally. I would encourage city staff to bring their ideas on how we can improve city services. We have talented people working for our city who have created award- winning programs and saved Frisco money. My one ask would be for Frisco to consider a local animal shelter and am open to a public/private partnership to help make it happen.











Tracie Reveal Shipman



Occupation: Owner and Principal Consultant of Many Voices, a leadership development and coaching business


Experience: Two terms on Frisco City Council, two years as Mayor Pro Tem, 20-plus years of serving on Frisco boards and commissions


Campaign Website: www.friscotracie.com




Why are you running for office?



TRS: Retiring City Manager George Purefoy’s heart and handprints are all over Frisco. Selecting his replacement is an immediate and monumental decision facing City Council. For our quality of life, our home values, our future as a state and national leader among municipalities … we simply cannot afford to get this hire wrong. This crucial decision and its potential impact on Frisco’s future is my primary catalyst for running; assessing executive leadership is literally my background.



What are the biggest challenges facing the residents of Frisco?



TRS: That depends on who you ask. For 2021, Council set among its top priorities:a performing arts center, increasing tourism, master planning of Grand Park, help bring the World Cup to DFW. Residents will tell you they want Council to prioritize fiscal responsibility, reducing traffic, balancing our public safety needs with associated costs and smart growth management. I would like to help Council better communicate how its priorities are in alignment with priorities of residents.



If elected, what would be your top priorities?



TRS: 1. Help hire our next City Manager, and support city staff in executing the transition plan -- which could include other big personnel changes if long-time city staff follow George Purefoy into retirement. 2. When I served on past Councils, we lowered the tax rate annually. I will bring that voting record back to the dais, so residents can continue to expect city finances that are sound, systemic and beneficial in the near- and long-term.



What are some new ideas or programs you would like the city to explore?



TRS: I would like to see the city partner with developers to encourage them to reinvest in older areas of Frisco that are still vibrant, valuable and worthy of attention. I realize that new rooftop construction makes the fastest money, but I suspect we can tap into grants and funding at no cost to Frisco that would incentivize our commercial investors to get creative on ways to sustainably, and profitably, focus on areas like downtown.



By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.