Name:

Gavin Nicholson

District:

District 3 

Office/Seat you are running for:

District 3 seat

Email:

  GavinNicholson97@gmail.com

Phone:

(702) 249-2890

Campaign website:

  GavinRNicholson.com

Education:

Student at Collin College seeking an Associates of Science in Computer Science

Professional background/employment

I currently have 2 part time jobs at Market Street and Prosper united Methodist Church. I am also in the process of starting up a web development company.

Why are you seeking this office?

I am seeking this office because I care about the community and I think it is good to have balance in life. I think the current council has done a good job but, why stop at good? People tell me that I care too much about people and that I need to emotionally detach myself and I disagree. There seems to be a serious problem when it comes to politics and empathy. I want to bring the community together as a whole and work together.

What qualifies you to understand the unique needs facing McKinney businesses?

I am an outsider to the business world and sometimes an outsider is what’s needed. I have been doing something that no other candidate has been and that’s meeting with every single small and large business owner or manager I can and understand their needs and concerns. As a result, I am not jaded by any bias that might previously clouted my sense of opinion and I am working for the benefit of all citizens and businesses alike

The McKinney Chamber has identified priorities for our community’s economic health, including transportation, water and economic development. Please share your thoughts on the following questions:

  1. What are the most important issues the businesses in your district face?

The biggest issue is different depending on the businesses. For megastores like Wal-Mart, Kroger, Market Street, etc. It’s finding enough workers to fulfil the positions needed. For small businesses, its making sure that the city isn’t putting too heavy of a tax burden on them while also granting them the opportunity to a free market.

  1. What is the city’s role in growing the economy and how can we best attract businesses to McKinney while supporting existing businesses?

I think right now, McKinney is doing subpar in terms of business relations. We have secured one new major company (Costco) but this cannot sustain our work needs. The average person in McKinney has a bachelor’s degree and we need to make sure we are reaching out to business alongside the MEDC to meet our citizen’s job needs as well as making sure that we are providing and even exceeding the expectations of business who potentially want to move their headquarters here.

  1. What role do you believe McKinney National Airport has in McKinney’s economic development?

I believe the airport has a huge impact. It is already at 100% occupancy and has already 100% preleased the hangar they are building. I think the city of McKinney needs to foster its growth into the right direction to provide a stable environment to flourish and grow. The airport is another huge driving factor for corporate business to come here.

  1. How can McKinney continue to increase the commercial tax base?

By swallowing our pride and admitting we have made some mistakes when it comes to businesses, I believe that we need to reach out to those businesses who left or decided to leave and understand their reasoning and improve on it. We have a serious issue when it comes to our codes and ordinances with building as well as being 10-20 years behind on ordinances that will make huge impacts on companies.

  1. In a growing community, do you anticipate supporting transportation initiatives including public transportation?

I support using DART 100%. They are a company that has been in operation since the 80’s and they are only growing. They also own the rail line here in McKinney, all the way up into Oklahoma. Once we reach 400k people, we need to make sure we have the right connections to make a transition process as easy and smooth as possible for public transit.

  1. What do you believe is McKinney’s greatest challenge/opportunity in the next three years?

I support using DART 100%. They are a company that has been in operation since the 80’s and they are only growing. They also own the rail line here in McKinney, all the way up into Oklahoma. Once we reach 400k people, we need to make sure we have the right connections to make a transition process as easy and smooth as possible for public transit.