Jude Prather, who lost a 2007 bid for the San Marcos City Council by three votes before his call back for active duty in Iraq, announced another run for the council Monday.
Prather didn’t specify which seat he will seek. Two seats are up for election in November – Place 5, held by Pam Couch, and Place 6, held by John Thomaides.
“After long hours of prayer, debate, and thought, I have decided to run again for San Marcos City Council in the 2009 election,” Prather said. “After conceding defeat in the 2007 city council election, and it was decided after a recount that I had lost by three votes, I knew then that my desire to serve San Marcos still burned.”
In 2008, the United States recalled Prather to serve in Iraq. Prather said the experience better prepared him for his second run.
“Through adversity and the journey of my deployment, I have become a stronger and more determined public servant – attributes that could serve San Marcos well during these uncertain economic times,” said Prather, 26.
Economic development and veterans issues are central to Prather’s platform. Prather indicated that San Marcos is especially susceptible to fluctuations in sales tax revenue, considering, he said, that such revenue contributes 48.15 percent to the city’s general revenue fund.
“San Marcos faces hard challenges ahead and we will be faced with tough decisions in the unfortunate event that consumer spending continues to decline,” Prather said. “Consequently, we must look for other avenues for income for San Marcos. A traditional and reliable source of income for a town is a strong property tax base, which is why we must protect the integrity of our neighborhoods and allow the addition of new property to this tax base.”
On veterans issues, Prather hopes to lure more returning vets to the San Marcos area.
“We need to make every attempt to recruit Veterans to move to San Marcos,” Prather said. “This task can be as simple as putting a San Marcos brochure in the out processing buildings in Ft. Hood and on military bases in San Antonio, as well as creating a Veterans Court for our nation’s heroes who fall into trouble. An idea I campaigned on in 2007 and pitched to council members before I deployed was the creation of a Veterans Commission, which has currently been implemented. The Veterans Commission will serve as another avenue for ideas and veteran programs. San Marcos has fallen behind in regard to veteran care and after nearly (eight) years of war it is time we start serving those who have served.”
Prather has indicated that he will resume his education at Texas State as a public administration major. His wife, Kathy Martinez-Prather, is expected to begin her Ph.D. studies at Texas State, as well. Prather will use the benefits from the “New G.I. Bill,” which includes a full scholarship towards tuition, a $1,200 monthly stipend and $1,000 a year for books.
Said Prather, “Fellow citizens, I want to be your public servant and be a good steward of our tax dollars. It is time we start rebuilding our neighborhoods and helping our fellow neighbors in need. I want to focus on green infrastructure improvements that allow efficiency and promote the use of bike and transit. I want to be a common bridge in the ‘town and gown’ issues we have. In addition, I will give our police and fire department the tools to make us safe. As a town we must prepare for the future needs of water resources and the protection of our river and aquifer in what seems to be a never ending drought. Most importantly, we need to protect what makes our city so beautiful and gives it her soul, the San Marcos River and our green spaces.”Email | Print