San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, who announced Wednesday that she will not seek a fourth term. File photo.
San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz announced Wednesday that she will not seek a fourth term to the city’s highest elected office.
Narvaiz did not give reasons for her decision in a release to local media, other than to say that she made the decision “after months of thought and prayer.”
With Narvaiz declining to run, the race as of Wednesday was between City Councilmember John Thomaides and former Councilmember Daniel Guerrero, who both have filed. Former mayoral candidate Dan McCarthy has said that he will run, but he had not filed as of Wednesday.
“I thank the mayor for her service and I wish her well, but the issues of the election have not changed,” said Thomaides, often Narvaiz’ arch rival in legislative decisions. “I’m still running for mayor to fight against wasteful spending and to protect the jobs we have while preparing for and attracting the jobs we need.”
Said Guerrero, “I respect Mayor Narvaiz’ decision. She has been a tremendous servant to the community for many years, well before her time on council and during the time that she has served as mayor. I trust that she will continue to serve the community in a new capacity as she continues in her path.”
Filing began Monday and runs through Aug. 24. The election, to be held on Nov. 2, will decide the mayor’s seat and three others on the city council. As of Wednesday’s filings, three races are officially contested, including the mayor’s race.
Texas State student Griffin Spell has filed to run against Councilmember Kim Porterfield, who is seeking re-election. With Thomaides filing to run for mayor, the remaining two years of his term are up or election between retired San Marcos Police Department officer Rodney van Oudekerke and local filmmaker Shane Scott. No opposition has filed Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jude Prather for the seat being vacated by Councilmember Gaylord Bose.
Narvaiz was first elected to the city council in 2002 and ascended to mayor in 2004, when she defeated incumbent Robert Habingreither. In 2006, Narvaiz won a second mayoral term without an opponent. In 2008, she defeated two challengers, McCarthy and David Newman, avoiding a run-off election against Newman by nine votes.
“The list of accomplishments of the city council in the past eight years is long and varied,” Narvaiz said in her statement.
Among those achievements, Narvaiz included the transformation of Rio Vista Dam, the acquisition of the 251-acre Springlake Preserve, the construction of railroad overpasses on Wonder World Drive and Yarrington Road, the Wonder World Drive extension that opened last weekend, expansion of the outlet malls, the construction of the Embassy Suites and City of San Marcos Conference Center, improvements in the city’s development process, revitalization of “cornerstone buildings” downtown, and the construction of new headquarters for the San Marcos Fire Department.
“I look forward to the future with great faith in the commitment of our city staff and community leaders to build upon our achievements,” Narvaiz said in her statement. “I know that I stood on the broad shoulders of those who came before me, and I am proud to have been able to provide a foundation for those who will come after. I thank all of you who welcomed me to city hall years ago, an average citizen who happened to become your mayor, and I go forward with confidence that the best is yet to come! May God continue to Bless San Marcos.”Email | Print