Brian Loughmiller, who has served as the mayor of McKinney since 2009, announced late Thursday that he plans to run for reelection in 2013.

Prior to becoming mayor, Loughmiller served two terms as a City Councilman for District 4. He is also a managing partner with Loughmiller Higgins specializing in family law.

This is the official announcement that Loughmiller sent via email:

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Mayor of McKinney for the past three and one half years. During the past three and one half 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 have had and continue 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 number 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 to relocate to 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 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.

Have a blessed and safe Christmas and New Years. I look forward to seeing you in 2013.

Sincerely,

Brian Loughmiller

Mayor of McKinney

Loughmiller's bio from the City of McKinney website

Official site for Loughmiller Higgins

About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., McKinney has a current population of more than 136,500. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments, and it was recently ranked as the No. 2 Best Places to Live by Money Magazine in 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.

About Loughmiller Higgins

Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law is a McKinney, Texas, law firm focused primarily on family law and divorce-related concerns but offering outstanding service in the area of business law and transactions, estate planning, and personal injury as well to clients in the North Dallas area and throughout the DFW Metroplex including Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County, Grayson County and Tarrant County, and cities such as Plano, Frisco, Allen, The Colony, Denton, Lewisville, Carrollton, Dallas, Flower Mound, Prosper, Garland, Richardson, Sherman, Addison, Coppell, South Lake, Grapevine, Fairview and Fort Worth. Visit their website at familylitigation.com.