Candidate Profile
Rick Smith

Non-Partisan , Texas


Rick Smith
Plano City Council, Dist. 8

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Collin County Conservative Republicans, Empower Texans, Kelly Shackelford, Patriot Texas, Plano Citizens Council, Plano Future, Texas Values Action

Reported by Candidate

Plano Future, Protect Plano, Plano Citizens Council, Patriot Texas, Denton County Conservative Coalition, Empower Texans/Texans for fiscal Responsibility

Selected Contributions


Republican Women's Organizations, Van Taylor







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Do you support the Plano “Equal Rights Ordinance” passed by the City in 2014 that gave special protections on the basis of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”?


Do you support the Plano Tomorrow plan and its focus on adding significantly more high-density housing?


Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).


Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Individuals should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on their "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

It is inappropriate for a local government to recognize the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” and issue rules relating to an individual's beliefs about gender and sexuality.

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

There should be strict enforcement of federal and state laws prohibiting the distribution of obscene pornography, including over the Internet.

Strongly Agree

I support tolling existing highways that have been previously un-tolled.

Strongly Disagree

Government should not discriminate against individuals, organizations, or business owners who affirm marriage as between one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Disagree

Considering these issues (social, economic, education, transportation, water or sewer), which is the most critical to our city?

I believe it involves a combination of social and economic issues.

Please list up to six issues or projects that you feel need the most attention, in priority order.

1. Be responsive to the taxpayers of Plano. 2. Curtail further massive, high density apartment developments that increase traffic congestion and response times for our public safety providers. 3. Unwavering Support for our Police, Fire and First Responders 4. Adopt an Effective Tax Rate that will actually lower the amount of tax paid by our residents. Keeping our tax rate the same or even lowering slightly means nothing if it increases the actual dollar amount paid by residents. 5. Transparency. With available technology it should be very simple for the average citizen to enter a search query to discover how Council members vote or discover exactly how their tax money is being budgeted and spent.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Our Founding Fathers were fleeing a Monarchy that allowed little to no freedom of expression, religion or right to choose/participate in governance. They sought to change this by creating a Nation of limitless freedom and opportunity.

I own one or more firearms.


If you own a business, please describe.

I have owned a local business in Plano for the past 22 years. We provide design, consulting and installation for residential and commercial entertainment and automation systems. We have won National awards for our work.

Did you contribute 10% or more of your gross income to charity last year?


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in service to God, Country and Community. I am also Pro-Life.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 214-707-4575

Additional comment from candidate:

I am a Conservative Republican that has been endorsed by Community and Conservative groups including: Plano Future Protect Plano Plano Citizens Council Patriot Texas Denton County Conservative Coalition Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility


  • Northeast Louisiana Univ, Monroe, LA, Journalism, 1975
Work & Military
  • N/A
  • Plano Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Volunteer
  • Citizens Assisting Plano Police, Volunteer
  • Community Emergency Response Team, Volunteer
  • Plano Citizens Academy, 2016, Volunteer
  • Collin County Citizens Sheriff's Academy Alumuni, Volunteer
  • Home Owners Association, Board Member
  • Home Owners Association, Crime Watch Coordinator
  • Nextdoor Neighborhood Website, Lead
  • N/A
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