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November 17th, 2008
BREAKING NEWS: Recount confirms Mayor Narvaiz's victory

In an update from tonight’s city council meeting we can confirm that Susan Narvaiz remains the winner in this year’s mayoral election following a recount requested by challenger Dave Newman.

Newman must pay for the cost of the recount and had already made a $480 deposit towards it. More details will follow later tonight.

by Sean Wardwell
Managing Editor

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    San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz was sworn in to her third term in office after a recount Monday yielded exactly the same vote from the Nov. 4 election.

    Narvaiz defeated her nearest opponent, Dave Newman, by 2,583 votes, winning the three-way contest with 6,451 votes (50.08%) to Newman’s 3,868 votes (30.03%) and third place finisher Daniel Dan McCarthy with 2,563 votes (19.9%).

    Newman filed for the recount Friday and it was conducted Monday at the Hays County Elections Administrator’s office. The recount began at 10 a.m. and was concluded around 7:30 p.m. without any change in votes for any of the three candidates.

    The City Council held a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday and canvassed election returns in the election of Fred Terry to City Council Place 3 and Christopher Jones to a second term in Place 4. In addition, the City Council certified the passage of 22 amendments to the City Charter and a non-binding referendum on extended hours for alcohol sales.

    The City Council recessed the meeting for about two hours to await the results of the recount and reconvened at 7:30 p.m.

    City Council Member Pam Couch presented the certificate of election to Mayor Narvaiz. She was sworn in by Tim Darnell, Associate Pastor of Hill Country Church. Justice of the Peace JoAnne Prado administered the oath to Chris Jones and District Judge Bill Henry swore in Fred Terry.

    The recount took all day to sort through 2,800 absentee paper mail-in ballots received countywide, including 551 counted in the City of San Marcos election. In addition, 12,331 electronic ballots were recounted, including early voting, Election Day votes and four provisional ballots.

    From Melissa Millecam
    City of San Marcos

  2. Congratulations to all, and now it is time for us to come together and make further headway on the most pressing issues. I continue to believe one of the greatest untapped mother lode we have right before our very eyes is creative innovative collaboration between the City of San Marcos and Texas State University. Students need real-life projects, businesses need help. Technology needs commercialization, companies need to launch and bring those new products to market. We want a more diversified economy with higher paying jobs, many students would love to stay in San Marcos after graduating if they could find meaningful employment. Developing real synergy for “town and gown” would be positive for everybody involved.

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