San Marcos mayoral candidate Daniel Guerrero, left, and his grandfather, Jose Silguero, right, at Guerrero’s campaign event Monday night at the Saltgrass Steakhouse. Photo by Andy Sevilla.
By ANDY SEVILLA
San Marcos mayoral hopeful Daniel Guerrero gave an impassioned speech to supporters at his official campaign kick-off event Monday night, highlighting his experiences and vision, while marking describing differences between himself and his opponent, John Thomaides.
Guerrero said Thomaides is a “very good opponent” and that he respects him “very much,” but asserted that Thomaides has misrepresented himself on several issues.
Guerrero served a term on the council, ending in November 2008. Thomaides won election to a third term on the council a year ago.
Guerrero said Thomaides opposed moving city elections from May to November and opposed establishment of a Texas State student liaison position on the council. Thomaides recently told the University Star that he supported both initiatives.
Thomaides was not immediately available for comment.
Guerrero also said Thomaides supported the meet and confer contracts negotiated a year ago with San Marcos police and firefighters, constantly voting in favor of the contracts until it became politically favorable for Thomaides to oppose them. Guerrero also said that Thomaides has been in favor of financial incentives until it became politically expedient to oppose them.
“His (John Thomaides) decisions seem to change each and every day,” Guerrero told supporters, drawing chuckles from the crowd.
Guerrero said the biggest difference between himself and Thomaides is that he is willing to work with others, listen to the differences of opinion and build a sense of team, all in the effort to move San Marcos forward.
“We have a tremendous opportunity before us,” Guerrero said. “Our community is changing and we have to change with it … I have a great vision for our community … I have a vision where we can bring our community together and move forward,” by ending divisiveness at City Hall and in San Marcos.
Guerrero said this year’s election is significant for the decades ahead. He said San Marcos is his home, where he grew up, went to school, engaged in leadership activities, and served the community. Guerrero said he’s carrying the hopes and dreams of an entire community that has poured into him throughout his life, and that his experiences, faith in God, and strength gained from his supporters will help guide him if elected mayor.
Guerrero said he’ll serve with dedication, commitment, and selflessness, and would never tarnish his character or the instruction his grandfather, Jose Silguero.
“I serve because that’s the example my grandpa gave to us each and every day,” Guerrero said.
Said Silguero at the rally, “I’m overjoyed that I have a grandson (Guerrero) that is giving himself to the community, is devoting himself to the community in the way that he is doing so … (Guerrero) is ready to be mayor, because it’s in his heart to serve.”
Guerrero said San Marcos voters will have an important decision this November as both mayoral candidates put forth their vision to serve the needs of San Marcos.
About 200 guests trickled in and out of the Saltgrass Steakhouse restaurant for Guerrero’s campaign event. Among them were outgoing San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz’ husband Mike, and Councilmembers Fred Terry and Ryan Thomason, as well as city council hopefuls Shane Scott, Rodney Van Oudekerke, and Jude Prather. Also in attendance were former Councilmember Pam Couch and her husband, Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commissioner Bucky Couch, as well as San Marcos Police Officers Association President Danny Arredondo, former San Marcos Councilmember Ed Mihalkanin, and recent headline grabbing developers Shaun Cranston of Paso Robles, and Gordon Muir of the Buie Tract development.