Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science
As a vital staff member to elected officials and civil rights leaders on both sides of the aisle. I have worked with the State of Texas and Federal elected officials regarding grant funding for various organizations.
There are many factors in the areas of the budget, and that is something I am not able to make a decision without knowing exactly why and how those budget distributed. Increased or decreased any amount to any department is something that needs further examination. However, I would like to look into substance abuse/mental health programs and see where we can give them the best resources to help the community.
We need a smart economic development plan for the growth and prosperity of Collin County. With an estimated 80 people moving into Collin County each day, the county's population topped 969,000 residents in mid-2017 which is a 3.1 increase from 2016 and we could easily top 1 million in the coming year. We need leadership at the county level that is willing to continually work on expanding our infrastructure to stay ahead of this growth. Our population is set to double in 10 years and, without proper planning, the strain on our infrastructure will multiply exponentially. If we don’t begin investing now, we will fall behind, likely affecting us for the next 20 years. This means more traffic, strained services, and a decrease in appeal for economic growth. We need a candidate that has experience working in both federal and state level government and I am that candidate.
As a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity I have seen the highs of getting almost a dozen homeless families into safe shelters. This has impressed upon me the need to help the less fortunate among us. I will work closely with organization like Habitat for Humanity to provide the resources that they will need to help the community. While I was with Texas Workforce Commission I helped give a hand up to those in need of jobs. I will address and fight for mental health, transparent government, and bipartisanship. My mission as a veteran is to help raise mental health awareness. It is something that I’m familiar with, as I have lost three of my military brothers to suicide. As a public servant, I want our county to have a transparent government so we can hold our elected officials accountable to the needs of the people in our county. I have worked with the State of Texas and federally elected official
With an estimated 80 people moving into Collin County each day, our infrastructure need to be examine so we can stay ahead of the growth. It is time that we need to look into our public transportation and how we can better the services for our community.
We will need to stay on top of the state and federal grant funding for emergency management and public health preparedness programs. As well as designs and conducts exercises and drills to improve emergency preparedness planning and response.
Cost of living in our county is getting higher and higher, as more people are moving into town we need to focus on helping our native with an affordable housing options. Organization like Habitat for Humanity has been doing an amazing job helping family that are struggling to be able to afford a home. We also need to start thinking about investing in our own county hospital so we can take care of our local populist.
After graduating from Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Cheryl attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she earned a B.B.A in Finance and Economics.
I was elected to the Commissioner’s Court in 2010.I am the county's alternate to the Regional Transportation Commission.I served three terms on the Plano City Council. I have extensive experience as both a business owner and business consultant.
I look at every budget from each department and elected official to find potential decreases that make sense. I always find areas that can be decreased. As a result of legislation passed in 2017, we will see a need for increased funding for jail operations. I also expect that we will need increases to indigent mental health care funding. It is very expensive to house and treat people with mental health issues in the jail or in hospital emergency rooms. It is more effective and less costly to increase funding for outpatient services to try and keep people out of the jail and hospitals.
Rapid growth creates pressure on every function of county government. However, rapid growth in population also results in a rapid growth of tax dollars. The new taxes received from new development and increased property valuations should be adequate to cover the costs associated with a growing population. Unfortunately, many elected officials use the excuse of growth to keep more taxes to spend on unnecessary programs.
The county is responsible for the healthcare of people qualified as indigent. That does not necessarily include uninsured or under insured people. We have created Project Access which allows indigent individuals to receive free care from many primary care doctors, specialists, and hospitals. I have spent much time in Austin and here at home working on indigent mental health issues. I am participating in ongoing meetings with Sheriff Skinner, hospital administrators, police chiefs, and the LHBA to work on creative ways to help reduce the drain of resources being used to deal with this issue.
During my term, the County has taken a leadership role in transportation; providing data and traffic analysis for the entire county, facilitating coordination, and encouraging cooperation among cities. The county has also partnered with cities on projects that improve mobility. We also began the process of creating a Strategic Transportation Plan. Mobility and congestion mitigation are such important issues to the citizens that I believe it’s important for the county to take on the task of planning for the future and diligently working to find the funding for projects identified in the plan.
By law, the Department of Emergency Management is under the authority of the County Judge. The Department plans for, directs and coordinates responses to, and recovers from disasters and emergencies. They work closely with all the cities designing and conducting exercises and drills to improve emergency preparedness planning and response. They also conduct threat and vulnerability assessments to mitigate the effects of natural, technological, environmental, and intentional incidents. The Commissioners Court has set aside reserve funds specifically for emergency preparedness.
I’m proud of my record as a principled conservative and that Collin County now has the lowest tax rate in the State. I am looking forward to continuing these policies and working on the challenges ahead. We are on the verge of making some important decisions about transportation and mobility and we have decisions to make about how we continue to improve public safety. I want to be a part of finding solutions for the mental health and substance abuse issues that are now so critical. I believe we can find an innovative way to address this problem that could be a model for the rest of the state.