Plano North May 2021

ELECTION JohnMuns ready to hit ground running as Plano’s newmayor

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BY JOE WARNER

RECENT PLANO MAYORS

After months of focus to become the next mayor of Plano, John Muns said he is looking forward to the opportunities and challenges his new job will bring in the city he has called home for 50 years. “I grew up here; we made our home here after college,” Muns told Commu- nity Impact Newspaper on May 2. “As a family, we have been committed to serving the community.” Muns has been part of the city’s planning and zoning board and a trustee for Plano ISD, where his children and grandchildren have been or are students. Muns has also served more than a dozen community groups and foundations. His wife, Joa, has served the community on several boards and committees. John’s father, James, served as mayor from 1992-96. “We always call my dad the mayor of Plano,” Muns said. “We always will, but now there will be two of us in the family.” As the city’s 40th mayor, Muns will replace Harry LaRosiliere, who has been mayor since 2013 and reached the position’s term limit after two consecutive election wins. Muns defeated Lydia Ortega and Lily Bao, who gave up her Place 7 City Council seat to run for mayor. “Yesterday was amazing with just the turnout for a municipal election,” Muns said. “Some ignore the local elections, but they are very important to us and impact us maybe more than state and federal elections.” The city of Plano had higher num- bers for this election than usual, with more than 20% of registered voters casting a ballot. The ballot featured the mayoral race, City Council posi- tions, Plano ISD board spots and $364 million bond package that will take on a host of capital improvements. “I’m excited about the bonds that passed,” Muns said. “It gives us the exibility to address roads that need updating. We are maturing, and we need to renovate and revitalize some areas of Plano. We want to maintain that quality we all know and love.” Muns, a general partner with Muns Enterprises Inc., a venture capital and general investment company, said he

Plano voters selected John Muns to serve as the 40th mayor in city history. 199092 Florence Shapiro serves as mayor

199296 James N. Muns serves as mayor

19962000 John Longstreet serves as mayor

200002 Jeran Akers serves as mayor

200209 Pat Evans serves as mayor

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SOURCE: CITY OF PLANOCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

will focus on bringing the right small, medium and large businesses to the city, along with enhancing parks and other city services. He said the campaign trail helped him understand the diversity in Plano and vows “to make sure we listen to all the issues our community has and not just a small segment. Our diversity is our strength, and I’m not sure all of our residents feel that. It is important we make all of our community proud to live here.”

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PLANO NORTH EDITION • MAY 2021

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