Mark Allen was born in Rochester, New York, in 1976 and moved to Texas with his family in the summer of 1979 to far north Dallas. In Dallas, Mr. Allen attended public schools from kindergarten through high school, where he graduated from J.J. Pearce in 1994. From there, Mark was accepted to attend college at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Marketing major.
In Dallas, Mark met the love of his life, Erra, in 2000, and they were married in May of 2001. After college, Mr. Allen worked in marketing for a research and development firm and moved his family to San Antonio, where his wife, Erra, grew up and had family. In that same year, the Allens welcomed a son, Hunter, into their world and would expand their family in 2011 with the birth of their daughter, Delyla. In 2009, the Allens sought a new start in life wanting to move away from San Antonio to find a community with great schools and nice neighborhoods, so they bought a house in the Fairhaven neighborhood in Cibolo's sister city, Schertz, Texas. They lived in Schertz from October 2009 until December 2013, when they decided to move and build a new house in the Turning Stone neighborhood in Cibolo, Texas. Son, Hunter, attended Sippel Elementary, Schlather Intermediate, and Dobie Jr. High, and graduated from Steele in 2020.
Mayor Allen currently works as an IT Manager for the healthcare company, WellMed. His company provides medical care for Medicare Advantage Health Plan patients in Texas and Florida. He joined WellMed in April of 2013 and has moved up the ranks to his current Manager role within the company.
Mark is not a career politician and started his political career as a community activist in Schertz. He helped homeowners dissatisfied with foundation issues within their homes and advocated for homeowners who didn't want apartments built near their neighborhoods. In 2018, while living in Cibolo, Mr. Allen led a group of Turning Stone homeowners to Planning and Zoning meetings and Cibolo city council meetings to protest a rezoning application for apartments to be built across the street from his neighborhood along Green Valley Road.
He decided to run for city council in 2018 and overwhelmingly defeated the then-incumbent District 5 city councilmember and mayor pro-tem by earning over 63% of the vote. Since joining the city council, Mark Allen has fought hard for road reconstruction projects, including FM 1103, Cibolo Valley Drive, and soon Town Creek Road, Dean Road, and Green Valley Road, among others. Mr. Allen is also a fierce proponent of low property taxes as he voted against a property tax rate increase in 2019 to lower it in 2020, and he voted to keep the Cibolo property tax rate low in 2021 and 2022. in 2021, Mark Allen ran unopposed for re-election to his District 5 council seat.
The Honorable Mark D. Allen, Mayor of Cibolo, was sworn into office as Cibolo's Mayor on January 17, 2023, after winning the most votes of 5 candidates in the general election in November 2022 and then holding off his remaining challenger during a runoff which ended on January 6, 2023.
Mayor Allen is currently focused on helping bring more great businesses to Cibolo including Whataburger, Chick Fil-A, P. Terry's Burgers, MOD Pizza, and Chipotle as he also looks toward ensuring the continued success of AW Texas, Santikos, Magnolia Pancake Haus, Willie's Ice house, H-E-B, and many more. Mayor Allen will also be overseeing the reconstruction of FM 1103 as it is widened from a 2-lane road to a 5-lane road with bike lanes and sidewalks included, all the way from Interstate 35 to FM 78.
Contact Mayor Allen: email@example.com