San Marcos resident and mayoral candidate Dave Newman has officially filed for a recount in his recent loss to current Mayor Susan Narvaiz. Citing the close nature of the election, with Narvaiz winning with 50.08% of the vote, Newman felt he “owed it to his supporters” to challenge the results.
“I thought it was only fair to my supporters and the people who voted,” said Newman when asked why he requested the recount. He also pointed out that he and Daniel McCarthy carried 49.98% of the vote.
“Since it was such a tight number it merited a recount,” said Newman.
Newman does not expect to find any instances of fraud or irregularities in the recount, however he does cite the possibility of other factors. “There’s always Human error,” said Newman, who then spoke of the possible difficulties in handling the infrastructure of such a hotly contested election that also had a record turnout.
Former mayoral candidate Daniel McCarthy was vocal in his support of Newman’s efforts, and went on to endorse him in the event of a runoff. “I’m very excited for Dave,” said McCarthy. “I’m confident that San Marcos best interests are at stake here. In the event of a runoff I endorse Dave Newman.”
According to Newman both he and McCarthy found a great deal of common ground during the campaign.
“Mr. McCarthy and I agree on a lot of issues and Mayor Narvaiz was on the other side,” said Newman. “Our goals were more in agreement in issues like green space, bike lanes, sidewalks and recycling. I don’t think Mayor Narvaiz was that sensitive to those issues”
McCarthy praised Narvaiz for her campaign work ethic but expressed belief that this is far from over.
“She ran a fair campaign and worked her ass off, but if it goes to a runoff she’s got her work cut out for her,” said McCarthy.
Newman was clear that his request for a recount was not an effort to waste the public’s time.
“I gave this quite a bit of thought,” said Newman. “I’m not trying to waste anyone’s time. There was 49.92% of the voters that voted for someone other than Susan Narvaiz and the way the law reads there’s an opportunity for the people to have their voice heard.”
“I’m just playing by the rules”, said Newman. “That’s what I’m going by. Plus I think I can do a better job”
As of press time Mayor Narvaiz could not be reached for comment. City Council will meet Monday at 5 PM to discuss the results of the election.
by Sean Wardwell
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