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
Dave Newman and supporters watch the returns
Daniel McCarthy and supporters watch the returns
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