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Laura Maczka

Laura Gibbs Maczka
Mayor (Place 7 Council member) Richardson
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 2013
Preceded by Bob Townsend (as Mayor)
Personal details
Born Liberal, Kansas, U.S.
Residence Richardson, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater Texas A&M University
Religion Episcopalian
Website Laura Maczka official website

Laura Gibbs Maczka is the Mayor of Richardson, Texas. She had previously become the first woman elected to the post of Mayor Pro Tem in the City's 57 year history as a home rule city. Maczka was initially elected to the Richardson City Council, Place 4 in May 2011, defeating Karl Voigtsberger by 74.97% to 25.03%.[1] She is believed to be only the 6th woman elected to the city council in the last 40 years.

In 2013, Maczka was elected Mayor in the first direct election of the Mayor since the City became a home rule city in 1956.

Upbringing

Maczka was born Laura Gibbs in Liberal, Kansas. Her family moved to Denver, Colorado, during her elementary school years, but by the time she entered 7th grade, her family had relocated to Richardson, Texas.

Career

Maczka is currently the Executive Director of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Greater Dallas, a non-profit whose mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.[2]

Under her leadership, the organization has grown in four years from serving 700 middle and high school students per year to more than 2000. Maczka was previously the Development Officer for St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital/Texas Heart Institute (Houston Texas) and Director of Fund Development for the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast.

Political career

Maczka initially served as the Place 4 representative on the Richardson City Council,[3] but switched to run for Place 7 in her campaign for the mayor's spot (Place 7).

City Council Race in 2011

In 2011, Gary Slagel, a 24-year veteran of the Richardson City Council, decided not to run for re-election, leaving his seat (Place 4) open. In the ensuing election, Laura Gibbs Maczka and Karl Voigstberger both ran for the open seat. Maczka was endorsed by the Richardson Coalition, a political action group that had supported Slagel, and Voigstberger was supported by the Richardson Citizens Alliance (RCA), a political action group that wanted to oust all incumbents.[4] Despite mudslinging and numerous false charges launched by the RCA against the Coalition's slate of candidates,[5] Maczka's and Voigtsberger's race was free of such controversy. She won the election to Place 4 with 5,772 (74.97%) votes to Voigtsberger's 1,927 (25.03%).[6] In 2013, Voitsberger endorsed Maczka in her campaign for mayor.[7]

City Council Race in 2013

On November 27, 2012, Maczka announced her intention to run for mayor.[8] Because of the recent Richardson Charter change that set the mayor's place to be Place 7, Maczka left her current Place 4 open in the 2013 election. Her open place was eventually filled by fellow Councilmember Kendal Hartley (formerly Place 5) in an uncontested race.

On May 11, 2013, Maczka was elected by an overwhelming majority to become the first directly elected Mayor in Richardson. Thanks to a Charter change in 2012, the mayor was no longer elected from the Council, but was elected directly by the people. The Charter change set the Mayor's place to be Place 7. Maczka won Place 7 by defeating fellow member of the Council Amir Omar by 10,167 to 4,172 (70.90% to 29.10%).[9]

The vote was canvassed (officially accepted) at the May 20, 2013 Council meeting, which marked the beginning of Maczka's term as Mayor.

Council Assignments

  • Maczka is the Council liaison to the Environmental Advisory Commission.[10]
  • Maczka serves on both the City Council Education committee and the Chair of the Audit Committee.[11]

State and Local Appointments

  • (appointed by Texas Governor Perry) Commission on State Emergency Communications, State of Texas[12]
  • Regional Transportation Council[13]
  • City of Richardson Parks & Recreation Commission, Vice Chair (appointed 2010) Commissioner (appointed 2007)[14]
  • Texas Municipal League Legislative Committee

Other Civic Activities

  • Richardson Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Advisory Committee
  • Leadership Richardson, Class XXII (2006 – 2007), Advisor (ROC), (2007-2010) Curriculum Chair, Alumnus/Volunteer of the Year (2010)
  • Leadership Richardson Advisory Board
  • Leadership Richardson Alumni Association Board
  • Altrusa International
  • Friends of Library Board
  • Junior League of Houston, Junior League of Richardson, Junior League of Dallas
  • RISD Council of PTA’s Board and Local PTA Boards (Prairie Creek Elementary, North Junior High, and JJ Pearce
  • High School) – numerous positions including President multiple times, VP Hospitality, auction chair, VP Ways
  • and Means, Legislative Chair, etc. Received PTA Lifetime Membership Award
  • RISD Excellence in Education Foundation Board – various positions held
  • Inside RISD – Charter Class
  • Chair, Discovery Point – raised $160,000 in private funds for outdoor classroom in public park
  • Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) Board, Citizen Branch Chair for the State of Texas
  • Co-Chair, Vote YES! Bond Campaign (010) – successful $66 million campaign

Education

Maczka received a B.S.[15] from Texas A&M University in 1987.

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ NFTE mission statement
  3. ^ http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=114 City of Richardson Council members
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ http://www.rumorcheck.org/TheRCA.html
  6. ^ Mayoral election results
  7. ^ Voitsberger endorses Maczka in her campaign for mayor
  8. ^ http://lauraforrichardson.com/
  9. ^ http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/TX/Dallas/46765/117055/en/summary.html#
  10. ^ http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=688
  11. ^ http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1124
  12. ^ http://www.csec.texas.gov/commission/commissioners
  13. ^ http://www.nctcog.org/trans/committees/rtc/roster.rtc111512.pdf
  14. ^ http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1124
  15. ^ http://www.linkedin.com/in/lauramaczka

External links

  • City of Richardson official website
  • Laura Gibbs Maczka 2013 campaign website
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