By Ben Lane, TSB Staff
After the City Council’s Strategic Planning session on Thursday, Mayor Brian Loughmiller (pictured at left) officially launched his bid for re-election. He did so by filling out and signing the official form that states his intention to run for mayor.
Mayor Loughmiller has served as mayor of McKinney since 2009 and announced his plans to run for a second term in December.
On Dec. 20, 2012, Loughmiller released an announcment stating his intentions. Please see the text of the statement below:
LOUGHMILLER’S STATEMENT DEC. 20
It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Mayor of McKinney for the past 3 1/2 years. During the past 3 1/2 years, we have taken positive steps forward in the development of our city, in the areas of increasing commercial tax base, infrastructure improvements, quality of life projects through our parks and recreation department, and regulatory changes to make our local government more efficient.
Our City Council has continued a commitment to a balanced budget. And despite a difficult economy, we have continued to provide quality city services necessary in a fast growing community while maintaining healthy reserves. During my tenure as Mayor, our Council has maintained a policy of balancing our city budget with no tax increase. During my time of service on City Council and as Mayor, we lowered the tax rate three times and have maintained our current tax rate for the past six years without any increase. Our City Council has had – and continues to have – challenges as we live through the expansion of State Highway 75 and other major road projects that will ultimately pave the way for the next phase of development in our growing community. We appreciate the community’s patience as we work through these construction projects.
McKinney has received national recognition over the past few years, moving up the list of Money Magazine’s Best Cities in America: From No. 14 in 2008 to No. 5 in 2010 and No. 2 in 2012. We have also been recognized as one of the safest cities in America, one of the top 100 cities for young people, and one of the top 10 cities in which to relocate, according to Forbes Magazine in 2009. Through expansion and redevelopment we have a historic downtown that other cities emulate and try to replicate. As we move into 2013, as Mayor, with the support of our City Council, I remain committed to our strategic goals of bringing quality economic development to McKinney, while continuing to promote a family centered environment for all of our community. I will continue to focus on policies that promote cooperation between private business and local government; and a conservative regulatory environment that meets the needs of our citizens while encouraging private investment in McKinney.
I have my business in McKinney, and I am proud to call McKinney my home. My wife and I have enjoyed raising three children, Chelsea, Reece and Cameron, in McKinney. And we have enjoyed the friendships that we have established over the past 23 years. I want to thank the citizens of McKinney for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the Mayor of McKinney since 2009. My goal has always been to help make McKinney the kind of place our children and grandchildren will want to call home, when they have families of their own. It is with the support of my family and friends that I announce my intention to seek reelection in May of 2013, to continue to serve you as your Mayor for the next four-year term.
Photo courtesy of Councilman Ray Ricchi.