This is the time for Longview to close the gap, unite our city, create new opportunities for business and create a new legacy for future generations through leadership, vision and service.
Leadership. Vision. Service.
To be Mayor of Longview, I believe you need a true calling to serve, a deep pride in this community and a sincere concern for all of its citizens. My life revolves around Longview, and I am 100% vested in this community – I grew up here and raised my family here. I am a local business owner and have provided quality care for my patients for the last 25 years.
Proven leadership and proven vision must go hand-in-hand. Having represented District 4 in City Council for over eight years, I understand how to prioritize the needs of my constituents and how to envision, fund and implement projects at the will of the people. The Lear Park Sport Complex is an example of this, and it now provides millions of dollars in city revenue each year.
The Mayor of Longview doesn’t represent just an office, a political party or his own agenda. The Mayor of Longview focuses on the real needs of its many neighborhoods, businesses and communities and most importantly, its people. I am ready to lead by listening, facilitating, taking action and getting results.
I believe that Public Safety is our number one priority, and we need to keep our families safe. As Longview’s population has increased, our police force has decreased. We need to review current pay scales and promotions for police officers in order to retain our experienced officers in the field and continue to draw qualified cadets for the future.
As Mayor, it is my goal to create a new era in customer service when it comes to our city’s services. I plan to “walk a mile” in the shoes of our public servants to improve how we do business and how we treat people and our city employees.
Longview is a phenomenal community. In order to be competitive and close the gap between cities, like Tyler and ourselves, we must encourage new businesses to invest in our city. We must also keep existing business at home by creating a business friendly environment and removing obstacles that deter growth and development.
We also need to take advantage of our growth momentum in north and northeast Longview and find ways to ensure that all of Longview flourishes. This will enable us to close the gap between people and neighborhoods. We must continue to find ways to improve quality of life for our citizens. We need to also make Longview more attractive to young professionals seeking an urban, downtown lifestyle; families wanting to put down roots and seniors looking to retire here.
I believe in servant leadership. In the ten years since I left public office, I have focused on my faith, my family, my patients and ways to make Longview a better place to live. I’ve served my church as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. I’ve proudly participated in Longview’s youth athletics and assisted organizations like Wounded Warrior Project®, Make-A-Wish®, Junior Achievement®, Partners In Prevention and the Highway 80 Rescue Mission. Additionally each month, I, along with a team of dedicated professionals, have provided free oral surgery/dental health services to residents of the area’s missions and shelters.
I feel that when we take the time to appreciate the many blessings the Lord has graced us with our responsibility to help our neighbors becomes more apparent. I am very proud to be a part of a community that is so caring and generous with its time, talent and resources.
Experience & Bio
Wife: Kelly (Married 30 years)
Children: Spencer, Madison & Luke
Church: First Baptist Church – Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Member
Family Pet: Weimaraner named “Blue”
- Longview City Councilman District 4 (1997-2005)
- Vision for development of Lear Park Sports Complex
- Longview Vision 2015 Task Force – Member
- Legacy Longview – Founding Board Member
- Baseball, Basketball, & Softball Coach
- Past President of Longview High School Booster Clubs
- East Texas Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (established 1982), Practice Partner – Chris Johnson, DDS
- Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and a Diplomat in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Memberships: Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Southwest Society of Oral Surgeons, American Dental Association, Land of Pines Dental Society, Texas Dental Association, East Texas Dental Society, and International Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
- Certifications: American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Basic Life Support
- Longview High School, Graduated 1978
- Kilgore College, 1978-1979
- Stephen F. Austin State University, 1980-1981, B.S. Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude
- Baylor College of Dentistry, 1981-1985, Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Baylor College of Dentistry
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 1985-1989, Surgical Residency
Election Day voting will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
City election polling places on Election Day are located in each of the six City Council Districts.