Rath running against Kever for council seat

Long-time community volunteer Tracy Rath has announced her candidacy for the McKinney City Council District II seat in the upcoming May 14 election.

She faces council member

Geralyn Kever, (pictured at right) who is running for re-election after stopping K2 last year.

Rath has become well-known for her long community service history, as well as her ability to multi-task and make decisions. Over the last 14 years, her strong commitment to give back to the community through her service on boards, committees and non-profit organizations has helped McKinney residents.

Whether renovating a home during McKinney Make a Difference Day, planting trees in conjunction with Crape Myrtle Trails, serving dinner with her fellow Rotarians at the Samaritan Inn, or raising money for a host of other non-profits, Rath brings her spirit to the project.

Her fans say McKinney neighbors might recognize Rath as a driving force in transforming an abandoned historic landmark on the downtown square into the thriving McKinney Performing Arts Center.

Tracy Rath, a mother of two, says she believes McKinney needs leadership who understands that quality of life issues, things like soccer and baseball fields, parks, cultural arts programming, and other amenities brings a community together and help provide a quality of life balance to a fast growing city.

“Even in this difficult economy we can be successful in providing the amenities that our residents expect,” Rath said. “We can maximize our dollars by creating opportunities for more public/private ventures as well as strengthening our relationships with the school district and county. When one area of McKinney is successful, we all benefit.”

As Board Chair of the McKinney Community Development Corporation, she worked with staff and implemented policies and procedures to clarify grant guidelines, streamline grant cycles and created a more transparent sub-committee process.

“All of our meetings are posted and open to the public, even when not required by law,” Rath said. “We are entrusted with being good stewards of sales tax dollars –this year anticipated to be over $8 million– and our citizen’s deserve to have their business done in an open, honest and consistent forum.”

Rath said she believes McKinney needs a collaborative effort “between our government leaders, our citizen volunteers that make up our Economic and Community Development Corporations and our city staff and administration. By working together we can accomplish many things. We have a caring community of doers — great out-of-the-box thinkers — and we need to tap into that knowledge base. By communicating and working more inclusively with established city departments, organizations, and citizen volunteers, we can often bypass high priced consultants.”

“I feel like I have earned an MBA in McKinney,” Rath said. “Leadership McKinney and Citizens Police Academy, along with all of my work with non-profits, and volunteering has given me the perfect experience to jump on board with our City Council and “get to work for the citizens of McKinney.”

For more information on Tracy Rath, please visit the web site: http://www.tracyrath.com or Facebook Tracy Rath for McKinney City Council.

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