Submitted by David Myers
Editor’s Note: After announcing his intentions earlier in the week on Facebook, which TSB wrote about, Randy Pogue officially threw his hat in the ring Friday for McKinney City Council’s at-large seat. TSB was provided with the following release from the Pogue camp:
Randy Pogue announced Tuesday that he will run for the open at-large seat on the McKinney City Council in the May election.
A resident of McKinney for almost 17 years, Pogue owns Pogue Engineering & Development Company, Inc., a civil engineering and surveying consulting company. He will be running for the city council seat currently held by David Brooks, who recently announced he will not be seeking re-election.
Pogue is an active member of the community, currently serving on the McKinney Chamber Business Development Committee, the McKinney Education Foundation Executive Board and the McKinney Christian Academy Board of Trustees. He also has served on the McKinney Chamber Board of
Directors and the McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission. He said he would welcome the opportunity to serve the community as a city council member.
“McKinney is a great place to live and work,” Pogue said. “I have been blessed by being here, and I fully subscribe to the sentiment that we should learn, earn and return.”
In addition to a belief that McKinney has always been a great city, Pogue said McKinney has made great strides in recent years and would work to continue its “forward momentum” as a city council member. As McKinney continues its rapid growth, Pogue plans to provide leadership by tapping into his experience of growing Pogue Engineering & Development, the McKinney-based company he
started in 1999 that has grown to serve over 100 municipalities throughout Texas and Oklahoma.
By placing a focus on “stressing the details” Pogue said his company has achieved “smooth and efficient growth.” If elected to the city council, Pogue plans to incorporate a similar strategy.
“I’m a proud small business owner,” Pogue said. “Our company has grown significantly while maintaining the core customer-focused values we envisioned from the beginning. We’ve created jobs and brought about opportunity.”
Pogue said his focus on the city council will be to increase opportunities for employment, maintain the current property tax rates through strategic planning and quality development, while increasing the commercial tax base and preserving McKinney’s infrastructure through improvements in roadways and water systems. He also wants to strengthen partnerships between McKinney and the Economic Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Development
Corporation, the Collin County Regional Airport and Main Street.
“The foundation of McKinney is strong and the city is well positioned to take advantage of it,” Pogue said. “The future of our city has never been brighter and I look forward to being a part of it for many years to come. My main goal is to make the necessary decisions on what will be best for the city as a whole for the long term.”
Pogue lives in McKinney with his wife Emily and their children Meredith, Samantha and Lincoln.