Stephen W. Stanley, City Council District 3, was elected to his first term on May 11, 2013. Stephen and his wife, Daphne, celebrated their first anniversary within a few months of his election. Former Garland Mayor Ronald E. Jones performed their marriage ceremony in August 2012.
Stephen has lived in Garland for more than 25 years during his lifetime, having graduated from South Garland High School and Richland College. As a realtor, Stephen has been active in the area’s business and civic community most of his life, having served with many organizations ranging from athletics boosters to professional organizations. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Stephen lived in Sachse and served on their City Council and Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Upon his return to Garland, Stephen was encouraged to get more deeply involved with his hometown government and ran for Garland City Council. As District 3 representative, Stephen wants to jumpstart commercial development along the I-30 corridor and help Garland residents south of I-30 feel more a part of the city. “I am also looking forward to strengthening the bond between the City and the Garland Chamber of Commerce, while helping both create a friendlier environment for smaller businesses. Those businesses are an important asset for a strong community and economy,” says Stephen.
Stephen considers public service to be his way of giving back to his community and his country for all the freedoms and opportunities he’s had. He says the military service of his father and six uncles set an example that has inspired him to help others and find solutions that benefit the broader community.
Stephen enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as outdoor sports and gardening. He’s especially glad to have his granddaughter, Elly, and his mother, Suzanne, nearby along with his two stepsons who recently returned to the area.