The election is quickly approaching. Voters deserve to know who their candidates are and what they represent. Up until election day, Local Profile will publish Q&A with politicians running for this year’s election.
What position are you running for and why?
I am running for Collin County commissioners court judge to establish an accountable and transparent government that is respectful of all People.
What policies do you hope to enact and why?
My administration’s policy agenda focuses on five key points to provide for people and properly plan for growth: 1. Employee retention and recruitment 2. Planning and Operations 3. Updated infrastructure maintenance and transportation plans 4. Develop best practices for residential developments MUDs and PIDs 5. Mental health, public health and public safety response plans.
What are the biggest challenges facing your district?
The lack of mental health and substance abuse services is a huge challenge facing Collin County. The lack of planning and awareness is detrimental to law enforcement and the county’s long-term public safety. Other key challenges include employee recruitment and retention, the need for an operational emergency management office, delivering affordable essential services like water/electricity/education and the uncertainty of the residential housing market.
How will your policies affect North Texas as a whole?
Each of my administration’s policies is meant to establish cost-effective infrastructure and plans that will support population growth while ensuring operational flexibility during economic downturns. By addressing the mental health and substance abuse needs of our county, our law enforcement officers, medical facilities, jails and judicial systems,. The people of Collin County and North Texas as a whole will be positively impacted.
What are the biggest challenges facing Texas?
Restoring people’s confidence in government institutions, maintaining cost-effective essential services, providing adequate mental health services, delivering sufficient substance abuse services and awareness, combating drug trafficking and addressing the incentivized residential developments that have created unaffordable living conditions for many Texans.
How is your district changing?
Population growth is altering our county in a number of ways depending on location. Rural school districts are more frequently asking voters for bond packages to sustain growth and urban school districts are paying or preparing to pay recapture payments to the state. The ability to navigate these changes without under or overbuilding will be a challenge for every school district and municipality in the county.
What book that you’ve read has had the biggest impact on you?
We Were Soldiers Once and Young by LTG. Harold G. Moore (Ret.)
What does the future hold for your district and for Texas?
With the right leadership, the future for Collin County and Texas is one of endless possibilities, with the wrong leadership the future of Collin County and Texas is one that’s infrastructure will not support growth and inevitably fail as the County and State’s population increases.
Local Profile will continue to release Q&A segments with politicians running for various positions in this upcoming election.