I love election time! It’s a moment when we as Americans exercise one of our greatest freedoms, the right to vote.
My dear friend Tracy Rath is running for McKinney City Council At-Large. I urge you to review her website, http://www.tracyformckinney.com, go to a candidate forum, get in touch with her, and ultimately vote for her! Her numerous years of not only having worked for the City of McKinney, but running political campaigns, volunteering, serving on boards, and giving back to the community she loves, make her by far the most qualified candidate.
I think that you know that I do not give my support to anything I do not believe in 100%. I have been with Tracy through many experiences, both personal and professional, and I know few people who are as selfless and up to the task. I am happy to talk with you more about Tracy if you would like more information.
Early voting starts April 27, with Election Day on May 9. For election information, visit http://www.co.collin.tx.us/elections. Please take advantage of your right to vote!
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By Gigi Bonham
In the three years I have known Tracy, I have been so impressed by not only her character, compassion, and fantastic work ethic, but by her knowledge of city issues that affect residents in McKinney.
We met volunteering in the community and I discovered immediately that she is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do the work! I love her energy, her tenacity, her dedication, and her desire to help McKinney develop into a city that works for everyone. Tracy truly cares about what she is doing and her concern is genuine. How refreshing is that?! She has earned the respect of those with whom she has worked and volunteered and her track record on numerous boards and foundations in McKinney demonstrates that she can get the job done.
We need someone like Tracy on Council — someone who does her homework, is not afraid to speak up and fight for what we need, and stay focused on constructive solutions that bring consensus and progress. I am so honored support Tracy Rath in the City Council District 2 race.
By Wendy Shelley
I would like to offer my support to Tracy Rath for City Council District 2.
Tracy is a doer who never looks for recognition and prefers to work behind the scenes. I personally have witnessed her strong leadership skills and get-your-hands-dirty attitude. She can bring a team together, always completes her task in a timely manner, and within budget.
Tracy is the first to step up and volunteer and can be found every year on a
Relay for Life team, pounding the pavement looking for donations, installing
drywall, picking up trash at the SRLA yard sale, working on events for the Crape Myrtle Trails, participating on the Believe! committee, serving dinner at Samaritan Inn, or emceeing one of many community events. While some may belittle her volunteerism, McKinney is at a critical crossroad and needs doers who have integrity and unquestionable motives.
Tracy Rath is who we need on our City Council. She is an open and transparent rules follower whose vast knowledge about McKinney, its citizens, and how it functions is invaluable. Please vote for Tracy Rath on May 14th.
“You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can
never repay you”
I am supporting Tracy Rath in the race for McKinney City Council, District 2. One of Tracy’s greatest assets is the experience she has gained by working with people and on projects in McKinney. As a result, she has a deep understanding of the challenges we face as a city, and the concerns of the citizens. She is the rare combination of an enthusiastic team player and an excellent leader.
As part of a team, I’ve observed her listen to all points of view and help that group reach consensus. As a leader, I’ve observed her make tough decisions and deal with the consequences. A strong proponent of open and public discussion, Tracy knows that the democratic process is a messy, yet necessary, one. She doesn’t take short cuts—and refuses to give in to special interests.
She is an excellent listener and communicator. While Tracy can speak to and about most issues effectively, she is the unique leader who understands that listening and learning is often more important in reaching a good decision. If she doesn’t have the facts, she will say so upfront and work hard to search them out. She always does her homework, comes prepared, and asks questions.
Tracy’s leadership style is sorely needed on our council.
Please join me in voting for Tracy Rath for McKinney City Council, District 2.
Sherry Tucker David
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Tracy Rath brought in a crowd to fill Brother’s Pizza on Eldorado Parkway on Monday night, and Doc Vranici’s pizza pies went fast as the candidate for the race for the District 2 city council seat in McKinney kicked off her campaign.
“We can do a better job in McKinney,” Rath said. “My passion and love for McKinney and my organizational skills will help us do better. My 20 years of volunteer work for McKinney and work in many organizations in McKinney help make me the best candidate for this council seat. We can do better.”
Rath, running against incumbent Geralyn Kever, plans to shake hands with as many neighbors as she can.
“We will be walking every block starting Saturday,” Rath said. “Come and join us at our home. I’ll be cooking breakfast, and then we will start walking. We will be going fast all the way through to the election.”
Kever has been busy working to hold her seat, meeting with voters in homes and offices.
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.