Siotha Vest is running for the District 4 seat on McKinney City Council. This is Vest’s first time running for public office. She is running against Rick Franklin.
Community Impact Newspaper sent Vest a set of questions about her candidacy. This article is part of ongoing May 4 election coverage and does not constitute an endorsement of the candidate. Her responses below have been edited for publication style.
Why are you running for the McKinney City Council District 4 seat?
Because my district is blended with new and older families that can relate to being in McKinney from other cities.
What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position?
As a seven-year resident of McKinney, my experience brings more of our rapidly expanding population to the table. I have held positions of volunteer leadership for over 25 years with the Girl Scouts, as secretary of the Parents in Partnership Board of Imagine International Academy of North Texas—the McKinney charter school—as well as management positions and board of director positions within startups and small companies.
I’m fully prepared to dedicate my next four years to the level of community engagement, growth and service that our community asks of our City Council representatives.
If elected, what would be your top priorities for the city?
- Keep McKinney unique and help the community think globally and to keep the local hometown feel.
- Encourage thriving economy with diverse jobs as the goal for our commercial economic development.
- Responsible oversight including fiscal and people working for the best interest of citizens.
- Maintain high standards for community safety, community health, and engaging with citizens of all backgrounds and networks.
What is your stance on the proposed US 380 alignments?
I’m currently mixed; I think [US] 380 needs additional lanes, but at what cost? A bypass that takes out communities? A limited-access freeway taking possibly 10 years to construct and jobs from [thousands]? TxDOT needs to do a better solution than the current alignments. Our northern districts need to expect more east-to-west transportation routes … but I’m still seeking opinions from my district and those actually impacted by the changes that are coming.
What should the city be doing to address the projected population growth, especially as it relates to providing city services?
Stick to the 2040 vision.