San Marcos Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commissioner Ryan Thomason has joined a crowded field in a run for the Place 5 seat on the San Marcos City Council.
Thomason filed at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline for filing is 5 p.m. Wednesday.
San Marcos City Clerk Sherri Mashburn said a dozen people have picked up filing packets. Seven have filed for candidacy.
The overwhelming majority of those candidates, five, have filed to run for the Place 5 seat being vacated by Councilmember Pam Couch. Long-time local activist Lisa Marie Coppoletta filed on the first day of filing, Aug. 3, followed soon after by Shaune Maycock, who owns an aviation service company in San Marcos.
Two more candidates, Shane Scott and Anita Fuller, filed more recently. Thomason decided to enter that race, rather than run against council incumbent John Thomaides in Place 6. Thomaides defeated Thomason with 61.6 percent of the vote in a 2006 council election. Thomaides received 3,119 votes, compared with 1,947 for Thomason. Thomaides has drawn an opponent this year in make-up consultant Monica Garcia.
Thomason said he would seek to mend the binaries in San Marcos city politics if elected to the council.
“It is too often that local issues are forced to be polar in the debate of public policy — the economy versus the environment, the neighborhood versus the university, downtown versus the interstate,” Thomason said. “The difficult decisions surrounding these issues are made divisive by the winner-loser mentality that exists in local government. We need to remember that a ‘community’ is defined by its partnership and interaction and commit ourselves to work toward the common purpose that we share in striving to preserve and improve San Marcos as a unique place to live, work, enjoy.”
San Marcos business consultant Ryan Patrick Perkins, who had been courted by several local interests to make a council run, told his supporters last month that he would not seek election.
“After taking the time to seriously evaluate the opportunity with my family and closest friends, I’ve decided that I will not file as a candidate for council this time around,” Perkins said in a letter to supporters. “While I am confident in my ability to effectively represent you all as a member of the Council, I do not believe I can commit my full energies to public office at this time.”
(Editor’s note: The above has been revised to say that Thomaides defeated Thomason with 61.6 percent of the vote in a 2006 council election.)