Douglas Athas for Mayor of Garland - Election in May of 2013

Northern Minnesota District 1AA Voice for Garland

I'm Douglas Athas. As your mayor, I will work to bring more jobs and development, continue to fight tax increases, keep our families safe, and preserve the quality of life we have worked so hard to achieve as I have done as a council member and a plan commissioner.

Our greatest challenge is our declining property base that generates most of the revenue for everything else: new streets, quality emergency and city services, competitive salaries for employees, and properly funded schools. But there is good news.

I have spoken and written repeatedly about growing the city. For more than four years citizens, the staff, the plan commission, and the council have worked on a comprehensive plan designed to bring new housing and shopping and customers, more entertainment and recreation, and to make Garland a city that competes for the growth coming to Texas.

As your mayor, I will tackle that challenge. I will represent and promote Garland so others will know why we are such a strong and unique community. I ask for your confidence, your support, and your vote.


For 14 years, I have been making decisions that helped the city develop new businesses and neighborhoods—and as importantly —made the hard decisions that allowed us to weather the storm of the prolonged recession. I have traveled the country to search for new solutions and to know what doesn't work.

Experience has taught me that an open market of ideas and needs works best, that excessive regulations and approval levels stifle development and choices, that rules should be applied fairly and equally, and that the community must plan for success.


The city and city government belong to the citizens. I have fought unnecessary tax increases, to repair cumbersome bureaucracy, to contain growing debt, to expand citizen participation and access, to protect citizen rights, and to follow the City Charter and the law.

In 2006, I successfully led a citizen group that sued the Garland City Council to protect our voting rights when it refused to follow the City Charter and call elections.

The court ruled that the law was clear and ordered those elections.


I am proud to have led organizations at the local-, state-, and national-level.

I believe in servant leadership, that elected service is an honor and a responsibility, that we should give back to our communities.

My record shows that I seek to address issues with an open mind, to learn the pros and cons, and to decide on the merits, not what might just look good.

"Douglas Athas is the best choice to lead Garland." The Dallas Morning News 3/31/13

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