J. Martin Sanchez has announced that he will run for the open at-large seat on the McKinney City Council in the May election.

“The city of McKinney has given so much to my family that I am compelled to return the service,” said Sanchez. “As a McKinney resident, I want to be part of the team that leads McKinney into the next 50 years. As a professional with 19 years of experience in city/regional planning and a Masters degree in Urban Planning, I am uniquely qualified to assist the current leadership as they navigate McKinney through the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

Sanchez lays out 5 areas of focus:

•  1) economic development: creating a business-friendly and yet globally-minded McKinney

•  2) quality of life

•  3) long-term sustainability

•  4) engaged, responsive and transparent government

•  5) strategic partnerships

Sanchez’s career and formal education has been focused on building cities and looking toward the future, at the local, regional and national levels. He has a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and started his career working for the Center for Housing and Urban Development (CHUD), a "think tank" established by then Lt. Governor Bob Bullock to study and address the rural development conditions along the Texas-Mexico border (all 13 counties). Next, Sanchez worked for the City of Plano as a long-range planner and the historic preservation officer.

In 1998, Martin started working for the City of McKinney as the senior long-range planner, a newly created position at the time. The city staff was charged with managing the annexation of more than 10 square miles, the first Architectural Standards Ordinance, the first Tree Preservation Ordinance, the City's largest commercial overlay district along State Highway 121, an update to the Master Thoroughfare Plan and an update to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan.

“I fell in love with McKinney in 1998 when I was first recruited to lead the long-range planning division of the City of McKinney,” said Sanchez. “Three years later, when I pursued a new career opportunity, I left a legacy of updated policies, vision for the future and a forward-thinking perspective. Now, I am asking for McKinney citizens’ support to help me continue what we started over ten years ago!”

After working for the City of McKinney from 1998 to 2001, Sanchez was recruited to work for Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., a national consulting firm, where he represented public and private clients across Texas. After marrying his wife, Kim, they returned to McKinney and launched their consulting company, Sanchez and Associates, LLC., in 2005. Since then, Kim and Martin have added two daughters to their lives and have continued to be part of the McKinney community through volunteer efforts at Holy Family School, Believe Run, St. Andrews and others.

“My heart is in McKinney, and I am passionate about ensuring that we are prepared to manage its growth with impartial, sustainable and forward-thinking initiatives,” said Sanchez. “Ultimately, our children will either reap the rewards of our stewardship or suffer our shortcomings. My hope is that McKinney’s next generation will look back and applaud our good stewardship.”

Sanchez will run for the seat currently held by David Brooks, who recently announced that he will not be seeking re-election.

More information about J. Martin Sanchez and his campaign can be found at martin4mckinney.com. Voters can also connect with him via social media channels at facebook.com/martin4mckinney or twitter.com/martin4mckinney.

Photo of Sanchez is courtesy of Kevin White.