After 23 years as the Mayor of Allen, I am excited to bring this knowledge to the County level.
I want to focus on improving the working relationships between the Commissioner's Court and the cities in our county. We all serve the same citizens, who expect their elected officials to work together to deliver the most cost-efficient services as possible. As a Mayor, I’ve led Allen through quite a bit of changes and growth. As our cities expand their services, boundaries, and tax base, the county will benefit from increased property values. But, the county will also experience growth through the courts and jail system. It will benefit taxpayers when all the elected officials work together for regional planning and mutual services.
I believe in a systematic approach to long range planning for growth and budgeting. This approach worked well for Allen, as we continued to lower the tax rate .28 cents over a 20 year period. All the while, Allen citizens were provided great services such as public safety, parks, and the library. In order to remain at the effective tax rate, long range planning will be a priority of mine.
I can offer good knowledge of planning for future infrastructure. Collin County must focus on its regional transportation plan so that citizens can get to work, school, and shopping areas.
I served as President of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NTCOG), which is an organization of 16 counties. The focus of this organization is to help counties work together on transportation needs, transit, emergency services, and planning. I also represent Allen, Wylie, Sachse, Rowlett, Lucas, and Parker on the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC). The RTC offers matching funds to cities and counties for transportation needs, however, Collin County was not prepared and did NOT participate in the Region's 2045 plan for matching funds. This is literally billions of lost dollars for transportation needs in Collin County. I will NOT let mistakes and oversights like this happen while I am your County Commissioner.
I grew up down the road in Lake Highlands in a family owned dry cleaning business. In 1986, Sally and I opened Terrell's Dry Cleaning in Allen. We currently have 20 employees, many of whom have been with us for over 10 years! As the owner and operator of my business, I have learned that I am responsible for my failures, and I am grateful for my successes.
We bought our first home in 1980 and raised our 2 kids in Allen. Both Stephanie and Aaron now live in Collin County and each own their own business as well.
We are longtime members of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (since 1992). I am a member of the Allen Noon Rotary, having served as President. I am also a member of the Nevada Empire 586 and the Allen Lodge 1435. I serve on the board of Medical City Plano/Frisco. I am also a founding member of the Allen High Noon Lions Club. But with all this, my grandkids, Griffin & Maisie, are definitely my whole world!