San Marcos City Councilmember John Thomaides. File photo.
San Marcos City Councilmember John Thomaides has announced his candidacy for mayor in a postcard mailer that arrived in several city post boxes Wednesday.
Thomaides becomes the first candidate to announce his candidacy in a November city election that now could put four of the city council’s seven seats up for grabs.
Thomaides is seekng the seat held by three-term mayor Susan Narvaiz, who has not announced if she will seek re-election. The other seats also up for election presently belong to Councilmembers Kim Porterfield and Gaylord Bose. The city council could order an additional election to fill Thomaides’ seat.
The Texas Constitution requires elected city officials to resign once they file to run for higher office, if their terms have more than a year remaining. Thomaides won his third term on the city council in November 2009, beating two contenders with 63.4 percent of the vote. However, the state constitution also says such office holders remain seated until their successors are chosen.
Thomaides will begin his campaign on July 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Cafe on the Square, located at 126 North LBJ Drive in San Marcos.
Filing for city council races begins on July 25. The last day to file is Aug. 24, which also is the statutory last day for the council to order a November election.
(Editor’s note: This story was first reported Wednesday afternoon on Point/Counterpoint San Marcos, broadcast on SMTX.tv in association with San Marcos Local News.)Email | Print