Editor’s note: An asterisk(*) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Plano City Council Place 4
For the past 10 years, my wife and I have also owned a small business in Plano that deals in manufacturing parts and equipment. This involves negotiating, accounting, and strategizing for future growth.
While these qualifications give me the knowledge and skills to effectively oversee city government, I feel my ability to listen, empathize, and relate to people are just as important for successfully representing citizens as their council member. I commit to listening to each issue with an open mind and making decisions based on what is best for the future of Plano.
2. Continue to implement the effective tax rate to keep homeowner property taxes from rising.
3. Maintain the lifestyle amenities like parks and libraries that our residents love and value and fully support our excellent first responders.
Public transportation is not feasible in the vast majority of the city, so having a car is necessary to get around. Therefore, our budget must focus on providing high-quality and safe roads for our residents and first responders.
Workplaces are adjusting to a post-Covid world so we should review our current plan for growth and development and make sure we are utilizing city resources effectively.
Plano continually attracts the best companies from around the nation due to our business-friendly nature, neighborhoods, and lifestyle amenities. We should continue to attract these businesses and focus on providing quality jobs and opportunities for our residents.
I will support planning and zoning that encourages land use for smaller homes or new business. We have enough high-density residential developments, so more is not needed or beneficial to our community.
When my family and I first arrived here, we had much more affordable housing options and the traffic was not nearly as congested. It’s imperative that Plano continues being a place where people get to live where they work, and families experience a great quality of life here...
Representing the millennial generation, I want to also encourage more of our young professionals to continue living here by expanding our pro-business climate so they too could start their businesses here and even start their families here...
... My studies in neuroscience and psychology helped me understand the science behind the way people think, feel and behave ... I’ve been a long-term volunteer for several nonprofits ... I’ve also volunteered in many youth group organizations ... and mentored our youth to start serving their communities early on and gave them guidance on how to build strong leadership skills ... I started my own Project Purpose community advocacy program which helped our veterans and our at-risk youth communities...
There is so much we can do even at the local level as a city council member to continue working on those issues in a way where it directly affects people through simple policy changes...
My second priority will be to work on our housing. As our city is expanding and more people are working here, I will work to make sure our housing is affordable and ensure that there are a variety of housing options according to each of the specific demographics that live here ... Seniors living here should be able to downsize on their properties without losing profit and employees that work for our local corporate and small businesses should also be able to find housing options near where they work.
Mobility: The ability to move efficiently and effectively between home, work, school, and the places we enjoy spending time is a key component to maintaining a high quality of life for our citizens. We must invest in our aging road infrastructure and place a high priority on improving neighborhood streets and alleys.
Revitalization: Plano has always been a thriving and vibrant city that people have chosen to call home. We need to keep Plano a place we all want to call home for years to come by promoting reinvestment in mature neighborhoods and our US-75 corridor.
People: Great people are the heartbeat and core of any great community, and Plano is full of great people. In order to remain a vibrant city, we must continually work to keep our citizens engaged and invested in our community. I will work to build a strong sense of community by bringing people together through the increased use of technology and innovative approaches to enhancing our citizen's quality of life.
I have decided to run for city council in order to help preserve the essence of this thriving and growing community. I want to assure that its residents can continue to experience the same quality of life for which Plano is known for in all aspects including housing, education, and economic development.
In the era of COVID-19, my public health educational background will be an invaluable asset. I will help the city council interpret data and will assist in helping to make the most sound community health recommendations.
Over the past several years, Plano has seen an increase in high-density development projects focused primarily on multi-family housing. This has led to overcrowding of our city infrastructure and has increased the population density. The education of our children, the public health of our residents and the economic development of our city are therefore directly impacted making this issue one of my top priorities.
If we are adding additional projects to our city’s deck, then we must be prepared for the effects of such developmental items as it relates to the everyday citizens’ quality of life. Town hall meetings have seen citizens speak out about increasing road congestion, road construction, and traffic flow problems. Clearly residents are frustrated and hoping for change.
If elected, I would be able to voice these areas of concern to the city and vote in the best interest of Plano citizens. Urbanization in Plano is to be expected, but with proper planning, we can ensure our city’s infrastructure is not impacted negatively.
Correction: A previous version of this article indicated multiple incumbents for this race, and the wrong race in one instance.