By Ben Lane, TSB Staff
McKinney’s residents will have several tough choices when they go to the polls on May 11th. And TownSquareBuzz.com will be your go-to source for complete coverage all the way through.
Election Day 2013 in McKinney will feature two contested races and two uncontested races, as finalized after last week’s filing deadline for candidates.
The mayoral election looked like it was going to be an uncontested victory for incumbent Brian Loughmiller (pictured at right).
All that changed when Pastor Derrick Johnson of McKinney filed the appropriate paperwork and declared his intention to run in the mayoral election against Loughmiller.
Johnson (below left), a 10-year resident of McKinney, is the pastor at Independent Baptist Church in Como, Texas, which is roughly 80 miles east of McKinney, near Sulphur Springs.
Johnson does not have any previous experience in public office. He filed to run Friday within the final hour before the deadline. Click here to see TSB’s introductory story on Johnson.
Mayor Brian Loughmiller has served as McKinney’s mayor since his 2009 victory over George Fuller. Loughmiller, 52, is the managing partner at Loughmiller Higgins, a McKinney law firm specializing in family law.
Loughmiller served two terms on the McKinney city council before his successful run for mayor. Click here to see Loughmiller’s statement announcing his intention to seek re-election.
The choice between Loughmiller and Johnson isn’t the only tough decision for McKinney’s residents. The other opposed race is for the city council at-large seat currently held by David Brooks, who announced in January that he would not be seeking a second term. Three men will vie for the opportunity to join the city council in Brooks’ vacant seat.
Jeremiah J. Hammer, Randall (Randy) Pogue and J. Martin Sanchez have all previously announced their intentions to seek the open at-large seat.
Hammer (above right), 33, is the president of Sustainable Ventures, a consulting company focusing on earth-friendly programs and processes. Hammer has lived in McKinney for three years. He is also a McKinney election veteran, having run in 2011 for the at-large seat currently held by Roger Harris. Click here to see Hammer’s statement on his intention to seek the open at-large seat.
Pogue (at left), 42, is the president of Pogue Engineering, a civil engineering and land-surveying firm located in McKinney. Pogue has lived in McKinney for nearly 17 years. Click here to see Pogue’s statement on his intention to seek the open at-large seat.
Sanchez (below right), 42, is the president and CEO of Sanchez and Associates, a consulting firm focusing on urban planning. Sanchez first lived in McKinney from 1998-2001. He returned to McKinney in 2005. Click here to see Sanchez’s statement on his intention to seek the open at-large seat.
There are two current council members who did not draw opposition in the 2013 election. District 1’s Don Day and District 3’s Travis Ussery (who is also the Mayor Pro Tem) will run unopposed. Both men have served on the McKinney City Council since 2009.
Over the next two months leading up to Election Day, TSB will help you to learn more about each of the candidates, their philosophies, and their plans for the future of McKinney. Check TSB frequently for features, interviews, videos and more.