Steve Babick

Steve Babick files paperwork for his mayoral campaign in Carrollton. Babick's wife Peggi is with him.

Steve Babick is full of ideas for the city of Carrollton, and if he gets his turn at the mayor’s office he plans to build on the bounty of today by keeping an eye to the future.

Babick, who is coming to the end of his first term as Place 6 councilman, is running for the open mayor’s seat against Kevin Falconer in the May election.

Unlike Falconer, who has also sat on the council, Babik did not make his way through the city’s planning and Zoning Commission.

“They kind of like to have their order,” Babick said.” That’s where they like to pick from, a Planning and zoning guy is going to (run for mayor). I just have a different perspective.

“I’m all about having a positive impact,” he said. “Ultimately I wanted to put my thumbprint on the city of Carrollton.”

Babick’s first appointment was to the Property Standards Board. He then served on the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Board and the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee before winning his seat on the City Council.

A large part of his work on the TIRZ board included downtown improvements. On HPAC, Babick got to know some of the founding families of Carrollton. He calls the city’s heritage “rich,” including the downtown square, the A.W. Perry Homestead, the Rainwater family, Furneaux, the Black Cemetery and Peters Colony.

Babick has also been president of his neighborhood association near Rosemeade Parkway and Kelly Boulevard where he tackled a major problem with an apartment complex just over the border into Dallas.

He and his wife Peggi have lived for about 25 years in the same area they now live with their children. Daughter Sarah is a student at Newman Smith High School, and son Michael is studying at Texas Tech.

Babick himself is in finance. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in finance at Florida State University and an MBA from Amber University. He now serves on the city’s redevelopment committee, as well as liaison to the Carrollton Wind Symphony, the Environmental Distinction Awards committee, the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, the landfill committee and the museum board.

Proud of his accomplishments while on the council, Babick said advocating for the development and emphasis placed on the historic square has been the most gratifying. Going forward, he hopes to see projects like the Winco coming to Josey Lane and PGBT and 99 Ranch progress.

With Mayor Matthew Marchant, who Babick calls a mentor and inspiration, leaving office, Babick knows the footprints left behind for the next mayor will be large. He’s confident he can fill them.

“I will pick up the shoes that I’ve been wearing and run from there,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of momentum going on right now in our city. We can’t afford to lose our pace.”

To that end he intends to bring what he calls more of a business perspective to the mayor’s seat, should he be elected. Some of his planned initiatives include infrastructure work, bringing in the DART Cotton Belt, the Vintage Railroad and development of the Trinity Mills area.

Overall, his acronym of PRIDE – public safety, redevelopment, infrastructure investment, diversity and economic development -- drive his initiatives.

Apart from that, Babick said what makes him stand out as a candidate is his integrity and attitude of servant-leadership.

“Look I’m an Eagle Scout, and I was raised to be a volunteer,” he said. “Part of the Boy Scout creed is to leave it better than when you arrived, and that’s what I’m trying to do.” 

 

 

 

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