As a nine-year City Council member, Jeff Cheney knows the ins and outs of Frisco city government. He is a five-time Mayor Pro Tem, served the budget committee for eight years and been involved in many other things in Frisco such as the Frisco Education Foundation and multiple charities and organizations.
Cheney’s vision for Frisco involves promoting safety and well-being by supporting the police and fire departments, improving quality of life through arts and parks, a penchant for “quality over quantity” to maximize open space and minimum density, introducing technology to reduce traffic, attracting high quality jobs for economic development and improving financial health by conservatively managing the budget and reducing debt.
Cheney’s main change to Frisco if elected mayor will be in the city’s commercial development.
“I want to see more parks and open space in our commercial developments, more unique experiences for our residents and not just wall-to-wall concrete,” Cheney said. “I don’t know about you but I’m kind of sick of the chain restaurants and the Chili’s. I want to see more unique type restaurants, great patio environments, less Walmarts and more unique speciality shopping to just create a great experience here in Frisco.”
Cheney said he decided to run for mayor because he is invested in the community.
“My family and my business is here,” Cheney said. “With my background and experience as a small business owner, I think I bring the skills to the table that the city needs at this time in its growth.”
Some argue that such growth is causing trouble for Frisco by clogging up the roads and the area. Cheney’s plans for decongesting the city include creating more open space and lowering the density of the city.
“Frisco is a fast growing city, of course, so we do have big decisions to make, meaning how dense do we want Frisco to be,?” Cheney said. “It’s not a great quality of life if it takes you 30 minutes to get across town and if all of our parks are full. That’s where my opponent and I differ greatly because I want a less dense environment to just improve the overall quality of life.”
He said the main difference between him and his opponent is in the outside support he received.
“The entire city council is supporting my campaign, as well as trustees from the ISD,” Cheney said. “We really just differ in the the vision for the city of Frisco going forward, as far as having a less dense environment and a more thriving environment, bringing business, more parks, more open space and a higher quality of life. I also just think my leadership style speaks volumes.”
Frisco ISD is a large part of why so many are attracted to the city. Cheney acknowledges this and says he’s an ardent supporter of the district.
“I’ve always said the ceiling of our community is set by the quality of our schools, and I believe that strong partnership is important,” Cheney said. “They can count on me always to be a strong partner of the FISD and proudly support many of the trustees.”
He said he is excited for the future of Frisco under his leadership.
“I really want to look after what’s in the best interest for the city of Frisco and I just think I’m the best person for the job,” Cheney said. “I think the best is yet to come.”