Name:

Randall (Randy) Pogue

District:

City Wide

Office/Seat you are running for:

Mayor of McKinney

Email:

Randy.Pogue@westwoodps.com

Phone:

(972) 824-8515

Campaign website:

RandyforMayor.com

Education:

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering – Texas A&M University, College Station, 1992

Professional background/employment

DFW Land Market Leader, Westwood Professional Services (2015-Present); President, Pogue Engineering (1999-2015); Vice-President, Pogue Construction (1997-1999); Project Manager, Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers (1993-1997); Research Assistant, NASA Program-Lunar Soil Simulant Testing (Texas A&M University) (1993)

Why are you seeking this office?

McKinney is a great place to live, work, and play.  I have been blessed by being here, and I fully subscribe to the sentiment that we should Learn, Earn and Return.  In serving as your Mayor I hope to continue being a contributing member of our community.  I believe that I have a unique skill set that combines experience in engineering design, construction, business ownership, experience on City Council, understanding of how the city functions, and that I am the best candidate for the position.  I thank you in advance for your support and your vote.

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

With my current service on City Council I have proven experience that my opponents do not have.  My experience on council includes having served on the budget audit committee, bond committee, liaisons to multiple boards and commissions, as well as serving as the Mayor Pro-Tem.  Additionally, I have proven experience in construction, design, engineering as well as business ownership.  I have not only done the easy part of recognizing the issues (commercial tax base, stability in governance, mobility, master planning the city, quality of life, etc.), but I have also been working towards the solutions on these issues.

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 imbalance in our commercial to residential tax base ratio is a huge issue facing McKinney.  This causes high property taxes.  Poor planning and bad decisions of the past have allowed good to be robber of the best.  We must protect our commercial corridors and strengthen our corporate development, retail, shopping, entertainment, and dining options.  Additionally, there are numerous other challenges such as our water supply, transportation, and commercial developments integrated with our significant residential population and continued growth.  We also face the need and challenges of how to implement these issues into the future Comprehensive Master Plan.

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

The role of the City and the Council is to create the most conducive environment to foster the right development in the correct places.  This may be accomplished by our Master Plan, Ordinances, Processes, Policies and Staff.  The City may at times partner with the private sector in order to attract the right partnerships for the community.  We must plan and provide for the infrastructure necessary to support the growth.  Finally, we need to proactively seek out the companies that would fit our community and provide the necessary corporations, dining, retail, shopping and entertainment options that we specifically need.

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

The airport is the asset that we have that is closest to the impact of something similar to Stonebriar Mall.  This is one of 83 in the nation with the National designation, which sets us apart and allows us to be in a unique position to attract the fleets of corporations in the area.  We must protect the airport and the ability to expand for the future.  This is important for the tax base of our community.  The planes housed at the airport pay property taxes just as if they were a building sitting out on US 75.

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

The focus on commercial development is a priority.  We need to focus not only on commercial development, but the correct commercial development.  We need corporations, retail shopping, restaurants, clothing stores, and industrial and mixed use developments.  There have been a number of initiatives to enhance these types of developments within the City, including a Retail Strategy that I initiated.  Historically we as a city have not performed well in this area.  This is why I am running for this office as I have a unique skill set with background and experience in this area.  I would appreciate your support.

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

Transportation for mobility and public transportation are both important.  The local transportation network is something that we must properly plan.  The state and national roadways are vitally important to mass mobility of our growing population, and we must continue efforts to partner with TxDOT in order to provide the appropriate network.  Regarding public transportation, this is important to provide for the disabled, elderly and disadvantaged.  We have created an Urban Transit District with McKinney, Prosper, Celina, Anna, Lowery Crossing, Princeton and Collin County in order to pool our resources and maximize the federal dollars available to provide the necessary services.

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

As a community we are standing at the proverbial fork in the road and are about to decide in which way to go.  Are we going to be a bedroom community, a booming metropolis or a healthy and sustainable balance of somewhere in the middle.  The decisions of the current council have laid some very important foundations for the future.  Commercial development and balance is vital and pressing for our future.  Stability is critical so that staff and council will both align in order to be able to actually accomplish the goals and task desired.