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November 5th, 2008
Narvaiz retains mayoral race – 2AM referendum passes easily

The tumultuous campaign season stirred up surprises amongst voters. The most coveted office in city government leaves San Marcos with unanswered questions on Election Day. For now, incumbent Mayor Susan Narvaiz is declared the victor attaining 50.08 percent of the vote compared to challengers, Dave Newman obtaining 30.03 percent and Dan McCarthy with 19.89 percent. The Mayoral office will have an official winner after 65 provisional votes are revised for legitimacy, and a five-day wait for “out of the country votes.” The provisional votes have not been counted in the total tally.

“Tonight I just want to applaud everybody out in San Marcos for getting out and voting,” said Narvaiz. “There’s a lot of celebrating going on tonight.” Narvaiz thanked all of her supporters and promised to continue working hard for the interests of the San Marcos’ people and the city. “I am truly blessed, and I have to give glory to God,” she said. “We’re going to continue forward in our effort of a higher purpose.”

Narvaiz said one of her first actions as Mayor will be to sit down with any and all resident who may have questions about her efforts and/or policy decisions and said she is willing to clear up any concerns on misinformation by other parties.  “I’m Mayor Susan again,” said Narvaiz. “I just wanted to say thank you and I’m humbled by this honor. We will continue forward with a higher purpose and forward progress.”

Mayoral challenger Dave Newman said he congratulates Narvaiz for her successful campaign and ethics. “We both maintained our humanity,” said Newman. “I want to thank everyone who worked on my campaign, and my supporters, and everyone who voted.”

Newman said he had a “good experience” with his election campaign; and asked that the vital issues debated at length between the candidates not be forgotten, but resolved in the near future.

Place 4 City Councilman Chris Jones claimed victory against challenger Lisa Marie Coppoletta. Jones received 55.60 percent of the vote, while Coppoletta attained 44.40 percent respectively. Jones thanked his supporters but said more needs to be done. “We still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “With your dedication and commitment to moving forward, there is no challenge or issue we can’t overcome.”

The uncontested race for the Place 3 City Council seat yielded Fred Terry with 100 percent of the vote. Terry said the campaign was a “good experience” in which he learned a lot and professed he is ready to work for San Marcos. “My door is always open, and I’m ready to listen to what anybody might have to say,” he said. With hopes of a more agreeable Council, Terry said he will push towards a team that works together. “I don’t want to be a ‘yes’ person or a ‘no’ person specifically,” he said. “There are a lot of things that are coming before the Council that need a good commitment from all of us.”

Among the national, state, and local level offices up for grabs, voters also made decisions on amendments to the city charter and towards a controversial non-binding referendum. The extension of on-premise sale of alcohol to 2 a.m. passed with overwhelming support. This non-binding referendum took 71.21 percent of the vote, with 28.79 percent in opposition. San Marcos residents voiced concern over Proposition 5 yet at the polls they decided to pass it with 80.28 percent in favor. Proposition 5 would allow for City Council to set their compensation for service by city ordinance. City residents voted in high numbers for all the propositions on the ballot to move forward.

by Andy Sevilla
News Editor

Dave Newman and supporters watch the returns

Daniel McCarthy and supporters watch the returns

 Photos by Christina Zambrano, Andy Sevilla

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0 thoughts on “Narvaiz retains mayoral race – 2AM referendum passes easily

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  2. Someone please explain to me how Prop 5 passed! The charter says these are volunteer positions, and now they get to set their own salaries?!?!?!? Give me a break.

  3. Most resolutions pass barring media attention. It got very little press (Compared to Prop 2 in Austin that failed) and very quiet opposition. The road bond passing was what upset me.

    P.S. Don’t Mayoral races go to runoffs if noone gets 50%? Narvaiz is only 11 votes above 50%. Those 65 votes + out of county votes, in theory, could force a runoff.

  4. It would be interesting to see what would happen if ballots were changed to provide a brief description of the current condition and a brief description of the proposed condition and voters chose one or the other, rather than just a yes/no vote on the proposition.

  5. I was speaking of how propositions are placed on the ballot in general; not any one specific proposition.

  6. When I used to live in CA, you got a sample ballot a couple of weeks before the election that had the full text of the measure, a summary, statements supporting, against, and rebuttals to each. I don’t know if they still do it that way. Made sense. Even so, Prop 8 passed in CA, so it doesn’t mean that voters make reasonable choices even when given the information.

  7. I believe they all passed because people didn’t understand them. Sample ballots would be a great idea for the future. Many people were excited to vote in this election which was jumbled in with our city election. The differences in the numbers for or agaisnt is disturbing to say the least. We shouldnt have it swayed that much in one direction or the other. This to me says many voters again, were excited, confused at the same time. We need more explanation of propostions in the future. Consider moving city elections to a different date so we the CITY can concentrate on what we a voting for.

  8. We also need to better inform voters that they do not have to cast a vote for every one of the various items on the ballot. It would be far better for them to only cast a vote on the entries they have been able to develop an informed opinion. There were a couple of items on the ballot this time around that I did not vote for or against, because I had not finished my homework on understanding why I should think one way or the other. Uninformed voting scares me!

  9. I agree that uninformed voting is frightening. A sample ballot would help.

    I still think yes/no choices invite uninformed voting.

  10. How can Suzan prclaim victory when she’s only 11 votes away from a run-off and 65 votes have yet to be counted?

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