Rick Franklin is running for the district 4 seat on McKinney City Council. Franklin previously ran for the District 2 seat in 2002. He is running against Siotha Vest.
Community Impact Newspaper sent Franklin a set of questions about his candidacy. This article is part of ongoing May 4 election coverage and does not constitute an endorsement of the candidate. His responses below have been edited for publication style.
Why are you running for the McKinney City Council District 4 seat?
As a lifelong resident and active member of the McKinney community, I’m very passionate about McKinney’s future potential as we continue to make it one of the best places to live for our citizens. Raising a family in McKinney and my experiences working with the city have allowed me to see the enormous impact that our city’s leadership has on our growth and quality of life. I am very proud of what this city has achieved over the last 30 years and would be honored to continue serving my community as city council member.
What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position?
I have been a small business owner and real estate broker in the McKinney and surrounding Collin County areas for the last 35 years. The knowledge that I have about McKinney’s history of addressing the difficult challenges that accompany a growing city and the roles that I have held to help guide our growth make me a trusted choice for city council.
• McKinney Economic Development Committee – 6 years
• McKinney Planning and Zoning Committee – 4 years
• One McKinney 2040 comprehensive plan Advisory Committee
• McKinney Parks Board – 3 years
• McKinney Board of Adjustments – 4 years
• McKinney Chamber of Commerce – 3 years
• McKinney Alliance Board
If elected, what would be your top priorities for the city?
Work to provide sustainable tax relief for city residents; balancing McKinney’s growth, while maintaining and enhancing the quality of life that the citizens of McKinney deserve [and] maintain McKinney’s city safety through continued support of strong public safety initiatives.
What is your stance on the proposed US 380 alignments?
I trust the current city of McKinney leadership as they work through all the viable options presented to them and believe that the [US] 380 alignments will be agreed upon prior to the start of the new representatives taking office in June.
However, I am a not a proponent of widening the current US 380 due to the economic impact that it would have on our city. I believe we need to explore alternative options if possible that would expand additional roadways in McKinney to improve congestion and overall flow within the city as we continue to grow.
What should the city be doing to address the projected population growth, especially as it relates to providing city services?
The city of McKinney has been addressing this issue of population growth head-on as they have recently adopted a new master plan for the city that addresses the expected population impacts and city expansion. I believe in a proactive approach that reviews the expected population increase in the short-term and long-term each year during the city’s budgeting cycle. As the population increases, my focus will be to make sure that we allocate dollars effectively to maintain our public safety, and improvements to infrastructure necessary to keep our city running smoothly.