Lisa Marie Coppoletta, left, and Shaune Maycock, right, have each filed to run for the San Marcos City Council seat being vacated by Pam Couch. Staff photo.
By ANDY SEVILLA
San Marcos resident Shaune Maycock filed for the Place 5 city council seat Thursday, bringing the total number of candidates running for city office to three.
Another potential council candidate, eighth generation San Marcian Ryan Patrick Perkins, picked up a filing packet at City Hall Thursday, but said late in the day that he hasn’t decided if he will run.
“I’ve spoken to many residents in town, and I’ve been encouraged to run,” said Perkins, co-owner of SparkNet Creative. “I just don’t know if it’s the right time.”
Maycock, a San Marcos business owner and former U.S. Marine, threw his hat into the ring against Lisa Marie Coppoletta, a Texas State University employee who filed on Monday for the seat presently held by Pam Couch. As filing for the council election began Monday, Couch said she will not seek re-election.
Maycock served in the Marines for four years before getting discharged due to an injury to his knee. He is the president and CEO of Blue Skies Aviation, a company specializing in aircraft maintenance, inspections and major repairs and alterations. Blue Skies, located at the San Marcos Municipal Airport, has 11 employees and a corporate budget approaching $250,000.
“I’m a small business owner,” Maycock said. “I started my company from nothing, just from what I had – my tools and my knowledge of aircrafts – but it’s been going up ever since. I don’t really know life outside the military. I’ve been a military brat all my life. When I moved to San Marcos (almost 11 years ago), I was scared of being completely on my own, and not having the military community be there for me. But once I moved here and started meeting my neighbors and making friends, I felt that strong community bond. I care about what the future holds for our city and our community … This is the first real place that I consider a hometown.”
Maycock said his top priorities include economic development, preservation of natural resources, pedestrian safety, infrastructure improvements such as lighting and sidewalks, public transportation, and increasing law enforcement officers. Maycock said his discussions with others in the community indicate that he’s not alone in those concerns.
“I’m talking to several councilmembers,” Maycock said. “In fact, I’m meeting with several next week, to get in touch with what is going on. I’m also talking to a lot of people in the community and finding out what their concerns are and how to address them.”
Maycock said he supports “smart economic development” and some economic incentives. Maycock said he wants for the city to attract more professional businesses and specialty centers such as law firms, hospitals, treatment centers for all sorts of medical illnesses. He added that he wishes to bring high-paying jobs to the city, rather than recruit retail and corporate giants. Maycock said he would support hiring an outside firm to assess and investigate what businesses would best serve San Marcos.
“I think we’re moving in the right direction with our economic development, especially since we just got the biomedical deal (Grifols, Inc.),” Maycock said. “We just need to be smarter about it.”
Maycock said the re-development of the Springtown Center, though a “good idea,” should not be in any part financed by the city. He said the city should not be in the business of banking and making loans.
“Let them (developers) get their own financing,” Maycock said. “The city should not act as a bank, something doesn’t smell right.”
Maycock also suggested that developers be held to higher standards. He said developers should subscribe to rules set forth by the city in efforts to protect the environment and natural resources. For Maycock, water is of the utmost importance.
“We have to protect our water, our river, protect our natural resources,” Maycock said. “That’s our life. Water is the source of our life, and we should do everything to protect it.”
Maycock was previously a member of the city’s drainage advisory board and has held membership in several community organizations. He said he also frequents local government meetings and was recently a candidate for an appointment to the city’s airport commission, but failed to garner enough votes.
Maycock ran for local office in 2000 and 2002, losing both bids for city council.
“I was young and testing the waters,” Maycock said. “I was inexperienced. But now I know I have a lot to offer … Whatever I do, I’m passionate and dedicated to it. I’m very hard working.”
Maycock’s opponent, Coppoletta, also ran for city council in 2008, but missed the mark by 10 percent to incumbent Chris Jones. Coppoletta has since been very involved in community activism.
“I am pleased that another of our citizens has decided to be of service to our community,” Coppoletta said.
Said Maycock, “I look forward to discussing our vision for San Marcos and any differences me and the other candidate are going to have. I commend anybody who wants to serve … Everyone in this town is experienced enough to run for council. Experience doesn’t just derive from being politically involved, but also from living in the community and being acting and caring.”
City Councilmember John Thomaides, who filed his bid for reelection on Monday, still remains unopposed. Thomaides has served for two terms, after being first elected in 2003 and re-elected in 2006.
“I think John (Thomaides) has been a great asset to the city, and I think he needs to get reelected,” Maycock said. “He is a resource this city can continue to prosper from.”Email | Print