Co-Founder and Business Development for Pain Management of North Dallas
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Masters in Public Health - both earned from State University of New York at Albany
5 years of extensive community service, board appointments and leadership within the City of Frisco and other non-profit / NGOs, training and experience as a public health professional and advocate, plus a successful small business owner
Growth: Collin County is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. What should the City Council do, if anything, to address population growth?
We are fortunate that Frisco city leaders anticipated the boom over 20 years ago, and made wise future investments to help prepare us for today. Today’s Council must be also wise enough to meet residents’ needs today, while planning for what will be needed tomorrow. This requires investing in infrastructure, and anticipating what impacts there will be on Frisco as a result of the dramatic shifts in the commercial real estate market and in workspaces, wrought by COVID-19. (Longer-term planning is best considered after the dust has settled from immediate pandemic recovery efforts, though.)
Economy: Should the City Council try to attract more businesses? Why or why not?
Businesses bring: jobs that employ Frisco residents, sales tax and property tax revenues that fill city coffers, and goods and services that Frisco residents need and want - keeping those dollars local. Frisco should never stop trying to recruit and retain a robust business community. We are the envy of cities across America for our strong 4A economic development corporation (EDC), a program approved by Frisco voters which has attracted billions of dollars of capital value without draining our property tax revenue. I will staunchly defend Frisco’s EDC against anyone who want to defund it.
Finance: What would you like to change, if anything, about the city budget and taxation?
I don’t care for the emphasis placed by certain statewide libertarian groups upon the idea that Texas cities should no longer rely on tax rates, moving instead to a fixed percentage cap, which reduces a government’s ability to budget and plan. To insist that a taxing entity must reject the reasonable use of a rate, with the ability to vary with the economy and inflation, is an unrealistic approach to governance, and prevents cities from properly planning and projecting. I aligned with Frisco City Council members who were opposed in 2019 to ETR legislation for its weakening of local control.
Trust: How will you work with residents to earn their trust in city government?
After I made the decision to run for City Council in 2020, my campaign conducted polling among a cross-section of Frisco before the filing window opened, in which voters confirmed decisively that honesty and integrity were their most desired qualities in an elected official. I am someone with a reputation for listening respectfully to everyone, for keeping my word, and for collaborating with compromise. I insist that those around me also behave with respect for our history and for others. I believe this approach will demonstrate in word and deed that Frisco residents can trust my leadership.
Services: What changes should be made, if any, to city services? What would it take to make these changes?
I feel that Frisco does deliver municipal services that meet the high expectations of our residents, and have successfully done so via one of the lowest tax rates in the area. I do understand that City Council may have to make some hard decisions for the budget years ahead, as the full impacts of COVID-19 become more clear, and I look forward to assisting in those determinations. Where I think the city can improve is in how it communicates services and updates to all residents; people receive information very differently today, especially in our ever-increasingly-more-diverse community.
Other issues: What other important issues are facing the City Council, and how would you address them?
After several years of service to Frisco, and hearing honest feedback of residents from all walks of life and backgrounds, I've noticed a trend in the concerns shared: many residents do not feel heard or seen at City Hall. They feel like only a certain “political elite” can successfully engage with city leadership on what matters to them. I do not feel this to be the case, in my personal experience – but I also understand that everyone’s reality is their own. I believe it’s time for our city leaders to listen very conscientiously to their neighbors who feel they are not represented.