It is the night before the Plano Elections. The good news is 19,461 people early voted. That is a record turnout for a local election. The bad news is 163,775 people are registered to vote. Therefore, 144,314 people still need to vote.
Most people think local elections are not important. Those people could not be more wrong. The Plano City Council and School Board affect our everyday life more than the federal or state government. Did your property taxes go up? You can blame the City Council and School Board for it. Do you sit in traffic every day? You can thank the city council for it. If you want these issues to change, go vote.
Plano is at a fork in the road. We get to decide which way Plano will go. Some people want Plano to stay a suburb. They want to keep the farms and green land that Plano still has. Others want Plano to become an urban city. They want to build skyscrapers over the farms that give us food. They want to jam as many apartments as they can into Plano.
That is the choice we face in this election. So, I have some questions for you. What kind of town do you want to live in? Do you want to live in a suburb or an urban city?
When I moved to Texas, I could of pick any town to live in. I picked Plano. I wanted to live in a suburb. I still want to live in a suburb. I voted for people who want to keep Plano a suburban town. I researched all the candidates. In my opinion
Lily Bao (Mayor), Anthony Ricciardelli (Place 2), Ed Acklin (Place 4) and Rick Smith (Place 8) are the best people for city council. All of them want to keep Plano a suburb. They want to reduce the debt and taxes.
Our current Mayor and David Downs have proven they want to make Plano an urban city. They have voted for almost every new apartment building. Taxes have gone up while they have been on the council. So have traffic and crime.
Kayci Prince voted for the Tomorrow Plan when she was on the zoning board. She ignored all the residents who did not want the plan.
Al Valente also supported the Plano Tomorrow plan. He signed a letter from the Chamber of Commerce that fully support the plan.
Ann Bacchus said she would not lower taxes. She also supports the Plano Tomorrow Plan.
Bill Lisle III supports more apartments. Douglas Reeves does not like the Plano Tomorrow Plan. He does not want more apartments. Stirling Morris would not lower taxes.
For Plano School Board Trustees I voted for Nathan Rylander, Tammy Richards, Greg Myer, and Angela Powell.
For Collin College Trustee I pick Fred Moses, Nacy Wurzman, Larry Wainwright, and Dr. Raj Menson.
I voted no on the bond for Collin College. I also voted no on Prop 3, 4, and 5. I voted yes for Prop 1, 2, and 6. I talked about these bonds in an earlier post.
Those were my picks. You need to decide who you will vote for. After you decide, go vote.
Polls are open tomorrow (Saturday, May 6th) for Election Day from 7 am - 7 pm. The city will post returns and results on the City's Facebook page tomorrow evening, as well as the website plano.gov/elections.