Wednesday , 25 April 2018

Introducing McKinney City Council District 4 Candidates… in a Nutshell

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d4-2 District Four | District Four makes up the majority of the western part of McKinney. Located between Ridge Road and County Road 71, this district runs parallel to Eldorado Parkway on the south side and reaches just short of County Road 125 to the north. It includes Stonebridge Ranch, Adriatica Village, and most of the undeveloped Northwest Sector. District 4 is currently occupied by Councilman Ray Ricchi, who has reached his term limit after being elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2011. Up for consideration this year are Angie Bado, Chuck Branch, Robert DeMarco, Ty Lake, Pablo Ruiz, Steven Spainhouer and David Joseph Weaver.   
angiebado Angie Bado | Angie Bado is a community volunteer with a B.A. in Health and Physical Education and has lived in McKinney for 24 years where she raised her three children. She believes that hiring a permanent City Manager needs to be a top priority for McKinney and identifies as a Republican. Bado currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Community Lifeline Center and the Collin County Historic Alliance. She is the founder and previous publisher of Town Square Buzz, McKinney’s independent news voice.
chuck branch Chuck Branch | Chuck Branch is a McKinney business owner with a degree in Accounting that has lived in the city for 11 years with his wife Mendi and their four children. Branch has experience as a board member on the McKinney Economic Development Corporation and the McKinney Police & Fire scholarship fund. He volunteers for McKinney ISD’s Partners in Education program. Branch would like to “maintain a strong conservative government” and “improve our transportation infrastructure”. 
demarco (1) Robert DeMarco | Robert DeMarco is a bankruptcy attorney with a B.A. in Political Science and Political Philosophy that has lived in McKinney for 16 years. He believes that the city does not need any significant traffic changes but thinks that there should be an addition of bike lanes, although he considers “this to be a luxury and perhaps not practical”. DeMarco has coached soccer for over 10 years and also coaches little league.  
ty lake Ty Lake | Ty Lake is Marketing Director for Tenant Tracker and has lived in McKinney for almost 19 years with her husband Brad and their son. She has held several titles including Community Engagement Director, Director of McKinney Main Street and Director of the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Lake says that “Family and neighborhood comes first, from safety to preservation of green space – preserve our home-town charm.” 

pablo ruiz Pablo Ruiz | Pablo Ruiz has spent 17 years at Texas Instruments where he is an Engineering Manager, holds a degree in Engineering and has lived in McKinney for 21 years with his wife and their two children. Ruiz feels that hiring a permanent City Manager needs to be a priority and considers himself a conservative. Pablo currently serves on the McKinney Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors and the Stonebridge Ranch Community Association’s (SRCA) Landscape and Grounds Committee. He previously served on the McKinney Building and Standards Commission and the SRCA Board of Directors where he was President for four years. During this time the Stonebridge Ranch community was transitioning from developer-controlled to homeowner-controlled. 
steven spainhour Steven Spainhouer | Steve Spainhouer is self-employed as a Risk Management Consultant, holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and has lived in McKinney for 15 years with his wife Maritza and their son. When asked what McKinney’s top priority should currently be Spainhouer said that “the City’s top objective is to create a diverse community that embraces equal opportunity for all of our citizens, developing a business friendly environment and insuring our core city services meets the needs of our growing community” and identifies himself as a Democrat. He has served on boards that include the World Safety Organization and the North Texas Society of Healthcare Risk Managers.  
weaver David Joseph Weaver | David Joseph Weaver is currently retired from a career in the military and Department of Defense, holds an Associates degree in accounting/general studies and has lived in McKinney for four years. Weaver has been quoted by The Dallas Morning News saying that “developing alternative sources of revenue to avoid potential state laws being implemented which would reduce the city’s ability to provide services” is McKinney’s greatest need. 
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