We Recommend Frederick Frazier for McKinney City Council at Large

McKinney voters might feel like there’s no good solution for Collin County’s most pressing transportation question: expanding U.S. Highway 380. But they have a range of good choices in an open City Council at-large race to represent their interests.Of the three candidates, we recommend law-enforcement veteran Frederick Frazier as the best choice. His experience working with North Texas police departments and representing law enforcement interests ensure he’s ready from day one to effectively serve.Neither Frazier nor his rivals, Stephen Kallas and John Mott, are satisfied with the options for U.S. 380 that state transportation officials have offered. Each supports building up alternate east-west routes. They differ on what to do with the road itself — Frazier advocates a double-deck highway, while Kallas and Mott would like to see other roads expanded first. Each pledges to ensure businesses along U.S. 380 aren’t crippled by whatever changes are made.But with the road’s fate not entirely in McKinney’s hands, effectiveness is a factor. Frazier, 47, has been through the local Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership McKinney program. He has the backing of the council member he would replace, along with the mayor. And Frazier, a longtime Dallas police officer assigned to work with the U.S. Marshals Service, heads the Texas Law Enforcement Council, advocating for police in Austin. So dealing with a range of officials won’t be new to him, and he has the experience to stand up on crucial issues when necessary.Each of the candidates offers good ideas on economic development and would make it a priority, but again, Frazier’s experience stands out. He wants to make it easier for developers to build while maintaining the small-town feel McKinney proudly touts.Kallas, a 47-year-old pre-production manager for a remodeling company, agrees, and also wants to remove red tape in zoning and code enforcement. Mott, a 42-year-old lawyer in private practice, similarly wants to speed development. But neither can match Frazier’s record of civic engagement. We encourage both to get more involved in city boards and other civic institutions.Frazier already has that record, so he’s the best choice for McKinney voters.This editorial was written by the editorial board and serves as the voice and opinion of The Dallas Morning News.This is one in a series of Dallas Morning News recommendations for the May 4 city and school board elections.Last day to register to vote: April 4Early voting starts: April 22Election Day: May 4For more information:Collin County: 1-800-687-8546 collincountytx.govDallas County: 214-819-6300 dallascountyvotes.orgDenton County: 940-349-3200 votedenton.comEllis County: 972-825-5195 https://co.ellis.tx.us/312/ElectionsKaufman County: 469-376-4595 https://www.kaufmancounty.net/electionsRockwall County: 972-204-6200 https://www.rockwallvotes.comTarrant County: 817-831-8683 access.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.htmlFor more help, including how to check your registration status, contact the Texas secretary of stateat 1-800-252-8683 or visit votetexas.gov  Continue reading...

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