Collin County Commissioner, Precinct 4
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 representing the citizens of the district in which he/she is elected in the Collin County Commissioners Court, which conducts the general business of the county and oversees financial matters.
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Byron Abraham Bradford (Dem)
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?
Masters Business Administration (MBA)
28 years of Military Service
Senior Non Commissioned Officer
The area I would like to see an increase in is veteran services. Particularly, creating ways for disable veterans and their family members to navigate transportation concerns to and from appointments. Missed appointments due to lack mobility can be catastrophic to veterans and their families. This can lead to missed benefit payments, loss jobs and emotional stress. We can also meet this need by aggressively seeking grants from the federal government. My intent is to pursue the latter.
Collin County is showing stress of a booming economy, lack of innovation and antiquated thinking. We are 10-15 years behind on Infrastructure improvements. The congested roads are the first signs of failed leadership. However, it's one of the first issues want to address with the other Commissioners. I am advocate for the light rail system. It creates employment opportunities, increase real estate values and facilitates and decrease the carbon footprint. Next, with the population Collin County increasing we must address how to avoid rolling blackouts. Solution, solar panels. Harnessing the energy from sun can greatly decrease the probability of rolling blackouts in the future.
Affordable housing is a great concern. Collin County residents are currently spending 35 percent of their wages on mortgage or rent and 16 percent on transportation according the Census Bureau 2016 report. Which accounts for 50 percent of their disposable income. We must make effort to bring that down to 25 to 29 percent and still maintain population integrity.
Mental health is something that affects us all in one way or another. We must remove the stigma from those who seek mental health help. PSA's are a great way to start. Increasing awareness is the first step to recognizing seeking help is ok. As a veteran, with two combat tours, this is personal for me.
Congestion is the number concern I hear from the citizens of Collin County. As County Commissioner, I will provide several options to the citizens. Also, I will perform a break even analysis to ensure we 're not passing debt to the citizens of Collin County.
My entrepreneurial, leadership and innovative spirit will lead Collin County into the 21st century.
We must make sure Hospitals, Fire and Sheriff Department have the funding, training, equipment and personnel they need to perform in a emergency situation.
Untested rape kits! I will find funds to test these rape kits or forfeit my pay to ensure these men and women get justice! This will fall under my public safety priority.
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