by BRAD ROLLINS
Announcing his bid for San Marcos mayor last week, city council member John Thomaides sounded a lot like someone who expects to run an outsider’s campaign against an incumbent.
Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd of about 100 at Cafe on the Square, Thomaides highlighted his differences with Mayor Susan Narvaiz on issues that include tax incentives for the developers of the StoneCreek Crossing retail center and across-the-board raises police and firefighters won in a three-year-contract. He also nodded to the contentious rezoning of the Buie tract from low density residential to mixed use, saying he will “listen to citizens just as much as [I] do to out-of-town apartment complex developers.”
“I hear the voices of frustration,” he said.
Setting aside the question of whether a three-term council member can convincingly claim to be an outsider, Thomaides may have a more fundamental problem with an anti-incumbency strategy: It’s anyone’s guess if the incumbent is running.
Narvaiz told the San Marcos Mercury that she has, in fact, decided whether she will seek re-election but that she isn’t saying what that decision is. She said she will announce her intentions on Aug. 18, about a month from today and a little more than ten weeks out from the Nov. 2 election. Such a late start suggests that Narvaiz will not run again as does her most recent campaign finance report.
Narvaiz collected $15,750 in political contributions during the first six months of the year but spent $19,757.05 including about $6,749 in reimbursements to herself. That left the mayor with only $62.65 in the bank as of the end of June, as clear a sign as any that she does not plan to run.
Thomaides, on the other hand, raised $17,344 in the first two quarters of 2010 and spending $1,840. That left him with $18,378 on-hand.
Though a slew of potential candidate’s names ricocheted lately in the local political echo chamber, only Thomaides and 2008 candidate Daniel McCarthy have said publicly that they’re in the race. Filing for the positions, and for three council seats (including the one Thomaides will be vacating), doesn’t begin for another week.
McCarthy, who was drew more than 19 percent when he ran two years ago as a Texas State University student, is currently a sales representative for an internet service provider. He said, “Last time I ran, I was a 20 year old college junior with a stupid haircut. This time I’m a 22-year-old business man with a plan. I think I’m the most viable candidate and I believe I can win.”Email | Print