The November city council election in San Marcos shook out a little bit Wednesday when Texas State student Griffin Spell announced he would drop out of the race or incumbent Councilmember Kim Porterfield’s seat.
Spell’s decision leaves to Porterfield and 2008 mayoral candidate David Newman, who filed at the last minute before the deadline on Tuesday.
Spell said he decided to depart from the race because he believes Newman’s candidacy will pose a strong challenge to Porterfield. Spell said he will support Newman however he can.
“My goals have been to bring a strong, independent voice to our city council, restore confidence in our city government, and support fiscally responsible policies,” Spell said. “I believe Dave Newman will do all these things and more. As a small business owner, Dave knows the importance of smart, fiscally responsible policies and a balanced budget. He shares our values of open, honest, and transparent government of, by, and for the people. I am confident Dave Newman will be an outstanding member of our city council and a true representative of the people of San Marcos.”
Newman finished second in a three-way mayoral race with 30.1 percent of the vote in 2008. Newman said he is running against the prevailing way of doing business on the city council.
“I think that the issues that I raised in the 2008 election, and the statements and concerns that I brought to the table have been borne out to be true,” Newman said. “I believe that the people of San Marcos know to some degree already, where I stand on many of the issues which face us both then and now, and my firm stance on those issues hasn’t changed. What I believe has indeed changed is the tolerance of the people and the willingness of the voters of San Marcos to continue to enable the continuation of more of the same at City Hall through yet another election year. There are many people that are communicating intense dissatisfaction with our government, and I have personally heard appeals for consideration and concern, over and over at City Hall, and what I have observed is that it repeatedly falls on deaf ears.”
Porterfield said she welcomes the challenge and that her strategy is to talk about the issues with voters. Porterfield is the only incumbent up for election on a November ballot that will decide four of the seven seats on the city council.
“I think it’s good,” Porterfield said about Newman joining the race. “The more choices, the better it is for the voters. It’s part of our democratic process.”
Councilmember John Thomaides and former Councilmember Daniel Guerrero are running against each other for mayor. Former San Marcos Police Department Officer Rodney van Oudekerke and local businessman Shane Scott are running for the remaining two years of Thomaides’ unexpired council term. Planning and Zoning Commissioner Jude Prather and hospital contract administrator Toby Hooper are running for the seat being vacated by Councilmember Gaylord Bose, who has chosen to not seek re-election.Email | Print