The McKinney Chamber of Commerce (MCOC) actively advances and protects the pro-business climate in McKinney through its government affairs department. The MCOC’s Government and Legislative Issues Committee represents local businesses and drives public policy at the local, state and regional levels on behalf of the business community. One of the primary areas where the MCOC supports its membership base is by advocating for business growth and economic prosperity.
2015 Election Day and Early Voting
May 9 is election day, when voters will decide who fills positions on the McKinney City Council, the Collin College Board of Trustees and the McKinney Independent School District (MISD) Board of Trustees. Early voting is scheduled for Monday, April 27 through Tuesday, May 5.
Of the McKinney City Council’s seven seats, four council members are elected to single-member districts, and two council members and the mayor are elected at large. The election will decide who holds one at large seat, as well as the District 2 and District 4 seats on the City Council. Fourteen candidates will be on the ballot.
Collin College is led by a nine-member, elected Board of Trustees, along with the district president. The Board has final authority to determine and interpret the policies that govern the College District. Seven people are vying for those open positions.
The MISD trustees oversee district operations. Positions 4, 5 and 6 will be open on the board. Five candidates will be on the ballot.
Election Night Tradition
When it comes to hearing results, many McKinney residents enjoy an old-fashioned election night experience in Historic Downtown McKinney. As area precincts deliver their vote totals, county officials report results on a chalkboard in the square from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This family-friendly event also features food, drinks and kids’ activities.
Chamber Does Not Endorse Candidates
The MCOC openly promotes its agenda to the City of McKinney, Collin County, the McKinney Independent School District, the Collin College District and Texas Legislature. It also works with community partners to advance programs beneficial to the city’s residents and businesses.
While the MCOC remains committed to advocating for the business community, it does not endorse candidates. This includes partisan races, such as judicial elections. This does not just apply to advocacy messages but also other activities that tend to help or hurt a candidate’s chances for election.
The MCOC does not endorse candidates or partisan organizations in any digital or print media (including but not limited to McKinneyChamber.com, McKinney Magazine and McKinneyOnline.com). The MCOC does, however, allow candidates and partisan organizations to secure advertising space in digital and print media published by the MCOC. Advertising must comply with election guidelines, include all legal disclosures and is the sole responsibility of the advertiser.
The MCOC also provided an opportunity to all candidates to complete a questionnaire, describing their background and position on issues, and hosted a candidates’ forum earlier this spring.
Visit McKinneyOnline.com to read candidate responses.
Early Voting Available
McKinney voters are scheduled to choose several new City Council members, McKinney Independent School District trustees and Collin College trustees during the May 9 general election.
Any registered voter who is eligible to vote during the general election may cast their ballots during the early voting period, where the lines are shorter and the hours are more convenient for some people.
Citizens who wish to vote prior to May 9 should see the list below for early voting dates and times. For early voting locations, go to co.collin.tx.us/elections/election_information/Pages/early_voting_city_isd.aspx or visit McKinneyOnline.com for convenient links.
May 9, 2015 Election – Early Voting Dates
April 27-29 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 30 — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
May 1-2 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
May 3 — Closed
May 4-5 — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.