San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commissioner and city council candidate Jude Prather. File photo.
Former San Marcos city council candidate Jude Prather announced Monday that he will try again for Gaylord Bose’s seat on the council. This time, Bose isn’t running.
Prather finished three votes behind Bose in a hotly contested 2007 election.
Prather announced another run for council in March 2009, but dropped out two months later, saying his military deployment in Iraq wouldn’t expire in time for him to make a serious run. Prather served in the 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry in Iraq.
No other council candidate has officially announced an intention to run for the seat being vacated by Bose, who has said he will not seek re-election.
Since returning to San Marcos in 2009, Prather has been active as an advocate for veterans’ causes. Last November, he was named to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).
“As a planning and zoning board commissioner, many of the hard decisions and seriousness of this position are learned,” Prather said. ” … My commitment to serve our town has grown over the last three years. With my service in the war and now the planning and zoning board, I have become a stronger and more knowledgeable public servant; attributes that could serve San Marcos well.”
In his announcement of his candidacy, Prather continued, “I want to be your public servant because I want to be a good steward of our tax dollars. We must have policies that allow the creation of jobs and bring business. It is time we strengthen our neighborhoods and focus on infrastructure improvements that allow technology to flourish, increase efficiency and promote the use of bike and transit. Waste water and storm drainage capital improvement projects need to have high priority in the San Marcos south side. Embracing technology that updates our electric grid also needs to have a high priority. Using technology to increase transparency in our city government can improve openness in government, but ending the use of executive session is an open government we should strive to be.”
Prather added that he wants to calm “town and gown” issues between the city and Texas State, give public safety departments the tools they need, and protect the city’s water resources, particularly the San Marcos River and the Edwards Aquifer.Email | Print