Community Impact Newspaper sent Long a list 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 a Plano City Council seat?
I’m a native of Plano. Some of the changes in my lifetime are making my town look more like the big city of Dallas. I would like to give some of my free time to try and keep Plano the great place that so many people have moved into to raise their families, just as my grandfather did in the late 1800s.
What are your qualifications for seeking this office?
I have built businesses from the ground up. I have managed, worked with and educated a diverse group of individuals from different cultures.
If elected, what would your top priorities be?
Finding a way to lower taxes and not interfere with our great way of life. Working to find ways to improve our growing traffic issues and the over-building of high-density housing. Working for total transparency so that all Plano citizens’ will have a say in what our city is doing and spending.
If elected, would you generally support or oppose rezoning requests that include multifamily residential options, such as apartments?
As I said in the first question, Plano has and is a great suburban town. Apartments are always needed, but stop and look around—we are losing the suburban charm for a cookie-cutter bedroom town. As the past president of the Plano Homeowners Council, I say it is time to stop the over-building in Plano.