Lisa Marie Coppoletta, who ran unsuccessfully for San Marcos City Council in 2008, is trying an early start for a 2009 campaign.
By ANDY SEVILLA
Former San Marcos City Council candidate Lisa Marie Coppoletta is gearing up to run for office in the November 2009 election. Coppoletta said she is vying for the Place 5 seat currently held by Councilmember Pam Couch.
“I’m running as a candidate of fiscal responsibility,” Coppoletta said. “… We need to tighten our belts and cut waste.”
Coppoletta said she is conducting a city budget audit, under the Freedom of Information Act, in preparation for the race. She said several details concern her, especially “during harsh-economic times.”
Coppoletta named several issues central to her campaign, including:
* Stewardship of the river and natural environment,
* Protecting the integrity of neighborhoods,
* Affordable housing,
* Proactive commitment revitalization of downtown,
* Currency circulation by investment in local business,
* Bike and pedestrian paths, and
* Large convention venues in tandem with small downtown business.
Coppoletta lost a bid for council in November 2008, falling to incumbent Chris Jones. Coppoletta received 44.4 percent of the vote (4,925) to 55.6 percent for Jones (6,168).
“She was totally elated with the amount of support and votes,” said Coppoletta’s Campaign Manager Daniel Scales, who also is her husband of 22 years.
Asked how she will campaign differently this time, Coppoletta said she is preparing far in advance, will hold several fund-raisers, and is developing the “Lisa Marie Street Team.” Among the Street Team’s goals is to go door to door to meet and greet residents, talk about issues affecting San Marcos, “and most importantly (help voters) get to know the candidate.”
Scales said Coppoletta’s loss to Jones was due to limited resources and organization and “not enough time.” He said Coppoletta wanted a “true” democracy, and Jones was running unopposed. Therefore, she decided to run for office against him.
“She plans on getting elected this time,” Scales said. “From day one, she decided to go at it again. And she is pumped.”
Coppoletta is an Academic Advisor and University Seminar Instructor at Texas State University, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Speech at Austin Community College. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Speech Communication at Texas State University.
She was appointed to the San Marcos Arts Commission this year.Email | Print