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Collin County Judge

4 year term. Must be 18 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Texas, and a resident of the district represented. Responsible for presiding over the Collin County Commissioners Court, which conducts the general business of the county and oversees financial matters.
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    Chris Hill (Rep) CPA CIA CGMA CFE

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    Scott Johnson (Rep) Consultant and Community Volunteer

  • Ray Ricchi (Rep)

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Budget: What areas of the budget would you like to see increased or decreased during the next term?

Growth: What challenges will the growth of the county present, and how would you address them?

Poverty/Homelessness: What, if anything, should be done to meet low income residents’ basic needs, such as mental health care and housing, and reduce homelessness in the county?

Transportation: What are the main transportation issues in the county, and how should they be addressed?

Emergency Preparedness: What does the county need to do to be prepared for and provide emergency services and funding after natural disasters?

Other Issues: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the county, and what is your position on these issues?

Education The University of Texas at Dallas (MS, Accounting); Webster University (MBA); Columbia Biblical Seminary (MA, Master of Pastoral Leadership); Texas A&M University at Commerce (BS, Political Science)
Twitter @TeamChrisHill
Campaign Phone (214) 444-3064
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Education Undergraduate: BS; Double major in Accounting and Finance Graduate: MBA in Finance
Experience Practiced business negotiator, involved in many complex multi $M capital investment deals with a diverse cross section of people, locations and organizations. 8 yrs on Plano City Council;Regional Transportation Council;Economic Development Fund-$2B
Campaign Phone (469) 693-8690
I will engage and listen to taxpayers regarding the county budget.

As one example, emergency response times in the unincorporated areas recently increased from an average of 20 minutes to some calls taking 40 minutes to respond. Emergency response times need to improve while being cost effective.

I have heard substantial concern about transportation and highway issues in the county from many citizens. Transportation planning, options and costs will be a priority so Collin County can continue as a desirable area to live, work and enjoy life.
Transportation: A major factor in Collin County’s growth – and its biggest challenge. With the current population of 940,000 expected to double by 2035, we need to plan for that number of cars and implement transportation solutions now to keep up with the population growth. The approval, financing and construction of highways is not an easy process and can take years for completion.

Adequate water supply: While water is not a direct responsibility of the County, the County can collaborate with the cities to ensure a long-term water solution.
I believe the Country’s role in reducing poverty and homelessness is to have non-profit and faith based organizations work together to address these issues, with some collaboration from the County. Education and job training programs can assist in making it possible for people to improve their circumstances.

I spent some years on the Assistance Center of Collin County’s Board of Directors, which provided focused and temporary assistance to people to get them restarted after a personal economic setback.
The major transportation issue is to get the areas of growth effectively integrated into the existing and future transportation system. Collin County has a Mobility Plan and has been planning an Outer Loop highway system plan to link these areas with the rest of the county. However, the process has been long and potentially costly. The County previously cooperated with cities on road construction to connect the cities and enhance transportation. That practice was stopped some years ago and should possibly be reinstated. If traffic becomes gridlocked, the growth and reputation of the County will be negatively impacted creating a risk for all, both for the County and all the County's cities.
The County can be prepared for emergencies through planning, backup communication and computer systems, stockpiles of critical supplies & resources, and periodic practice emergency drills. Collaborative planning and practice drills with the cities and community officials within Collin County would increase preparedness. Communication and outreach to neighboring counties, state officials, and the federal government would be helpful as well.
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