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I would like to thank the people of Carrollton that took the time to come out and vote. Not once but twice in the scorching 100 plus degree weather. I personally thank you and am so honored that you have elected me to represent our city.

I know it will be difficult to be everything for everyone but I will try my best to do what is right for this city. I am joining a council that is talented and hard working and I hope I can add to those talents.

Thank you.

Bob Garza

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Run-off elections for Place 2 and Place 4 start on Monday the 6th and continue until Tuesday the 14th with final voting day on the 18th. With the mayor’s race resolved it is now time to finish placing good qualified people for Place 2 and Place 4.

I would like to encourage you to visit my “Testimonial” tab and read what well-respected community leaders have to say about my commitment to the community, my extensive experience in municipal government and high level of transportation expertise. I hope that after reading the testimonials you too will agree I am the best choice for Place 4. Thank you for visiting my website and for your support.

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With 37% of the votes in Place 4 Bob Garza wins a runoff spot. He received more votes than all three opponents with the closest opponent receiving 28%. Bob would like to thank his super team and all his supporters for the great response. Runoff election date is set for Saturday, June 18th. For more voting information please go to voting tab.

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Voter’s Question:
Bob,
I was reading all of the candidate profiles in the Carrollton Leader (in order to be an informed voter) and had a question concerning your statement that:
“I am very familiar with the issues and concerns that the city of Carrollton is facing,” Garza said. “With my extensive transportation experience I feel I can be effective in working with council to develop the economic areas around the city.”
Could you clarify what you meant by the last statement? What extensive transportation experience are you referring to? And how will that be used to develop the economic areas around the city?

Thank you for your time and effort in running for City Council!

Bob Garza’s response:
Thanks for your question. I retired in January of this year but during my last ten years or so I worked in a Governmental Relations position and had statewide responsibility.

My job was to serve as my company’s liaison and coordinated with cities, counties and TxDOT on many construction projects as these governmental agencies expanded, renovated or upgraded streets, state highways and interstates across the state.
I also handled utility relocations, damaged facilities and negotiated right of way ordinances.

As a result, I worked closely with all levels of government from mayors to city managers to city engineers. With counties, I dealt with county commissioners and district engineers. With TxDOT, I worked with the Executive Director of TxDOT and with many of the his staff as well the 27 district engineers across the state.

Carrollton has a major devlopment project located up and down the Dart Rail and around the three rail stations. This is perhaps our biggest challenge but at the same time our biggest opportunity. There is property there that is located between I-35 and the DART Rail line that has been declared as a Transit Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ). That translates to dedicating that area as well as part of Beltline from I-35 towards Josey as an area eligible for tax abatement incentives to help develop that zone also known as the Transit Oriented Development zone or TOD.

In order for the city of Carrollton to develop the area, it is imperative that TxDOT complete the much needed expansion of I-35 from Valwood to the Lewisville city limits. TxDOT is stating there are no immediate funds to get this done in the near future.

I feel that i have a lot of experience with TxDOt and feel I can reach out to TxDOT, DART, NCTCOG and the RTC to represent our city and influence these transportation coalitions to prioritize our needs in order to help us attract quality retaill and restauarant businesses in that area.

I know it will take more than just me to get this done but I think I have a lot to offer in the transportation arena to represent this city and help force things to happen.

I hope this helps answer your question however, if you still have questions or would like to discuss further please feel free to call me.

Resident’s Comment:
Thank you for the quick and thorough response. I appreciate the clarification and the experience you have is impressive.

From your website, all I could tell about your transportation experience was that you were appointed and served on the Transit Oriented Development (TIRZ/TOD) committee. While that could be beneficial when serving on the Council, I was hoping you had more transportation experience than only that. Your e-mail definitely proves that you do have the transportation experience to hopefully help Carrollton develop its DART rail lines. It will take more than one person to get this done, like you said, but if there is a strong champion for the cause, that will definitely help!

Thanks for your response and best of luck with the election!

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Endorsement Announcement

I am proud to announce that the Carrollton Police and Fire Fighter Associations have endorsed me over my three opponents for city council place 4.

Thanks to all of them.

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Welcome…

My name is Bob Garza and I am running for Carrollton City Council Place 4.  My wife Emily and I are native Texans and  have lived in Carrollton for 22 years.  We have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.   I recently retired with 35 years of  business experience with tenures in Finance, Auditing, IT, International and Governmental Relations.

I served in the US Air Force and participated in the Vietnam war.  I graduated from The University of North Texas with BBA degree in Management Science using the G. I. Bill.

I was appointed by City Council to the TIRZ (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone) or also known as Transit Oriented Development (TOD), and have served for about 3 years.  This past year I was also appointed to the city Charter Review Committee.  I am Chairman of the Senior Adult Services board and have been a member for 6 years.  I also serve on the Dallas Telco Federal Credit Union Board. 

I have been involved in the community for over 10 years having served on numerous boards of chambers and non-profit organizations. These include Bea’s Kids, Metrocrest and Farmers Branch chambers, Trinity Medical Center and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Brookhaven Country Club.

Prior to retiring, my Governmental Relations job allowed me the opportunity to work closely with municipalities, counties and TxDOT.  I am familiar with issues cities are facing today and feel I can be an effective contributor.

My top 5 goals are:

  • Focus on Quality TOD Development;
  • Fair and Equal representation for all Carrollton residents;
  • Promote continued efficiencies in delivery of all city services;
  • Promote Carrollton as a good place to work, live, and raise a family
  • Insist on a balanced budget with no tax increases. 

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