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November 2nd, 2010
Guerrero new mayor of San Marcos, Cobb new Hays County judge

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Outgoing San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, left, and Mayor-elect Daniel Guerrero share a moment after Guerrero narrowly defeated Councilmember John Thomaides in voting that concluded Tuesday. Photo by Andy Sevilla.

STAFF REPORT

Republicans swept across Hays County Tuesday and throughout the election season, putting their candidates into office across the board after the general election results were announced Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, a slate of city council candidates supported by outgoing Mayor Susan Narvaiz swept to four seats on the council, led by Daniel Guerrero’s narrow victory for mayor.

Guerrero squeaked past Councilmember John Thomaides on a strong electoral showing on the south side of San Marcos. Guerrero took 3,460 votes (50.3 percent) to 3,419 for Thomaides (49.7 percent).

Thomaides held an 85-vote lead with one precinct left to report, but that precinct was Precinct 113 on the south side of the city. When the result was announced, Guerrero hammered Thomaides at that box, 235 to 109, turning the election in his favor.

Thomaides could not be reached for comment as to whether he will ask for a recount.

Meanwhile, the three council candidates supported by Narvaiz — Jude Prather, Shane Scott and incumbent Kim Porterfield — all won. Each of those races drew about 6,000 voters, with Porterfield taking 52.8 percent against David Newman, Jude Prather polling 51.9 percent against Toby Hooper, and Shane Scott scoring 54.6 percent against Rodney van Oudekerke.

Hays County government will take a big shift back to the Republican Party, which held four seats on the commissioners court for eight years before the Democrats took their turn with four seats in 2006.

Republicans will replace Democrats at Hays County judge, sheriff, Precinct 2 commissioner, Precinct 4 commissioner and County Court at Law No. 1 judge. Republicans also won races for 428th District court judge, district clerk, county clerk, and county surveyor.

The only Democrats left standing after Tuesday night all ran unopposed.

Even Patrick Rose (D-San Marcos) could not survive. With 47 of 73 precincts reporting across State Representative District 45, Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) had 54.4 percent of 38,708 votes cast in that race, prompting Rose to concede. Rose had won four straight terms, starting in 2002.

San Marcos CISD voters also overwhelmingly turned away a proposal for Austin Community College (ACC) to annex the school district. The annexation proposal was opposed by 54.92 percent of the voters. However, 58.5 percent of voters in Hays CISD approved ACC annexation.

Republicans swamped Democrats in straight ticket voting across Hays County. Almost half of Hays County voters, 47.3 percent (18.957 voters), cast straight ballots. Of those, 11,156 (58.85 percent) were straight Republican ballots, while 7,399 (39.03 percent) cast straight Democratic ballots.

The election drew 40,074 out of 95,527 voters, for a turnout of 41.95 percent in Hays County.

The results, race by race, counting only the Hays County vote in local races:

State Representative, District 45 — Jason Isaac, Republican, 20,915 (53.34), Patrick Rose, Democrat, 18,296 (46.66). Note: votes from Caldwell County and Blanco County also will decide the race.

428th District Court judge — Bill Henry, incumbent Republican, 23,915 (62.84 percent); Scot Courtney, Democrat, 14,139 (37.16).

Hays County judge — Bert Cobb, Republican, 21,690 (56.18); Jeff Barton, Democrat, 16,915 (43.82 percent).

Hays County Court at Law No. 1 judge — Robert Updegrove, Republican, 21,173 (55.56); Anna Boling, Democrat, 16,923 (44.42).

District clerk — Beverly Crumley, Republican, 23,384 (61.43); Alfredo Sanchez, Democrat, 14,679 (38.57).

County clerk — Liz Gonzalez, Republican, 22,431 (59.22); Gina Islas-Mendoza, 15,444 (40.78).

Sheriff — Gary Cutler, Republican, 21,569 (55.73); Tommy Ratliff, Democrat (44.27).

County surveyor — Kelly Kilber, Republican, 22,372 (59.76); Shawn T. Ash, Democrat, 15,066 (40.24).

Precinct 2 Commissioner — Mark Jones, Republican, 6,641 (61.09); Ray Bryant, Democrat, 4,230 (38.91).

Precinct 4 Commissioner — Ray Whisenant, Republican, 7,133 (63.40); Karen Ford, Democrat, 4,118 (36.60).

San Marcos mayor — Daniel Guerrero 3,460 (50.30), John Thomaides 3,419 (49.70).

San Marcos City Council Place 1 — Kim Porterfield 3,250 (52.77), David Newman 2,909 (47.23).

San Marcos City Council Place 2 — Jude Prather 3,006 (51.92), Toby Hooper 2,784 (48.08).

San Marcos City Council Place 6 — Shane Scott 3,205 (54.60), Rodney van Oudekerke 2,665 (45.40).

Lease of City Park property to Lions Club — For 5,987 (83.36 percent), Against 1,195 (16.64).

Internal auditor for city — For 4,039 (60.33), Against 2,656 (39.67).

Edwards Aquifer board, District 11 — Peggy Jones 4,267 (59.19), Mark Taylor 2,942 (40.81).

Annexation of San Marcos CISD to Austin Community College (ACC) district — Against 5,568, For 4,570.

Annexation of Hays CISD to ACC district — For 6,879 (58.45), Against 4,891 (41.55).

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45 thoughts on “Guerrero new mayor of San Marcos, Cobb new Hays County judge

  1. If I am reading things right…

    Winners:
    COSM
    Guerrero
    Porterfield
    Prather
    Scott

    ACC goes down in smoke!

  2. The good news is that we won’t be subjected to ACC’s taxing authority. The bad news is that we will be subjected to the whim of every out-of-town developer that wants to put a strip center (or apartments) in the middle of one of our neighborhoods.

  3. Not necessarily so, Dano. P&Z has to approve first and there will be at least one open seat to fill in place of Prather and some of the other guys have actually turned a corner I think.

  4. So..now we have Daniel Guerrero as Mayor of San Marcos…following old footsteps..Guess this means more apt complexes, STILL no major business infrastructure, but hey, we can get another fast food restaurant in town now..eh Daniel…what a joke…

  5. Ok, the landslide has happened. Now the question is who are the leaders/up and comers in the Hays County Dems? The Repubs were able to quickly regroup after 2008, hopefully the Dems can do the same so we can have another entertaining election cycle two years from now.

  6. HKC- You’re right- got to hand it to the Rep. ; they got their voters to go to the booth.

    RUSTY- Not sure. I have some property in Hays County and just got my tax statements. . As it is the HCISD tax rate is 1.46 to SMCISD’s 1.33. I cringe at what it’ll go up to…

    What % of SM voters voted?

    A little hope for USA: that idiot Christine O’Donnell didn’t win in Delaware. Now that would have been scary!

  7. Well, John aways tried to serve ALL of san marcos, but he is not Hispanic so he got kicked to the curb.

    get used to it.

    Glad all the dems lost, little dems grow up to be big dems and in this cycle we can give no quarter to that party as on the national level, they have devolved to their fringe left roots and are dangerous for the country.

  8. Yee of little faith…as if Thomaides was actually honest. He flipped his stance on every previously controversial issue just so he could get elected. He fooled all of the idiots that voted for him. He voted to give $600,000 to an apartment developer in downtown for a crappy low quality developer. Try educating yourselves before you get on here and bash the new Council. Try to give them a chance. The Paso Robles TIRZ will not affect anyone other than the people who live in the neighborhood. Thomaides sat on the dias and said he supported the Paso Robles development but he didn’t support the creation of the TIRZ and using existing San Marcos citizen’s money to pay a developer to build. He also sat up there and claimed he knew and understood what a TIRZ was and how it worked. Obviously he didn’t…a TIRZ is a reimbursement of additional tax revenue created within a defined area and can only be collected and reimbursed from revenue generated in that area. So, the boundaries of the Paso Robles development will be the boundaries of the TIRZ and any new tax revenue generated above and beyond what is currently collected off of the vacant property will be utilized to reimburse the developer. It is completely dependent upon the developer having a sucessful development. If the development doesn’t succeed, it will not generate any additional tax revenue and there won’t be any money to reimburse the developer. So basically, the developer will be paying for all the infrastructure up front and will be reimbursed from the increased tax revenue generated from their development. How exactly is that going to impact the rest of the citizens of San Marcos? Isn’t the developer paying for everything and then also being reimbursed off of their own development…so the development is paying for itself.

    The ACC annexation succeeded in HCISD because the voters in HCISD educated themselves. SamD. you clearly don’t understand the tax implications. The passing of the ACC annexation in HCISD will have no impact on the HCISD tax rate. The HCISD tax rate is capped at the current 1.46 because they have maxed out their rollback versus effective rate and can’t go any higher. Furthermore, ACC will be assessing it’s own tax of approximately 0.09/100 valuation and it won’t be assessed until 2012 and that tax rate cannot be increased without additional voter approval.

    It’s a shame to see that Jeff Barton won’t be on the Commissioner’s Court any longer. Bert Cobb is just like having Liz Sumter in power. It will be all about the Wimberley/Drippings Springs area and he will oppose anything good anywhere else in the County. Jeff Barton single handidly kept SH 45 SW on the CAMPO master plan. When CAMPO proposed to remove it to put some roads in Williamson County on the plan instead, he made the necessary phone calls to have it kept on the plan. Will Bert Cobb be willing to do the same? Liz Sumter sure wouldn’t have (it’s not in the interest of her constiuency) and I highly doubt Bert Cobb will either.

    Also sad to see Karen Ford go as well. I’ve always thought the makeup on the Commissioners Court was fair and balanced and it usually lead to a good system of checks and balances. Hays County has been one of the fastest growing counties in the country for the last 3 or 4 years and I believe alot of that credit goes to the Commissioner’s Court. I hope that the new administration will be willing to maintain the national recognition that this area has received.

  9. The local election results were the only stain on an otherwise incredible election night. It’s just too bad that the gutwrench of seeing Susan acolytes win here in SM is so severe that it really does temper my enthusiasm at seeing what Republicans did across the nation (and seeing Rose and ACC go down in flames).

    The shame of it is that Daniel would not have won if his name were Daniel “Smith”. He would have been (rightfully) excoriated over the filthy campaign that he ran and lost in a landslide. It’s just too bad that for some voters the color of a candidate’s skin still determines how they vote….you would think we would be past that in 2010.

  10. Has anyone bothered to look at how the student population voted. Perhaps it wasn’t all about race Dano. If Thomaides hadn’t spent so many years on the dias preaching about how horrible students are and what a detriment they are to the neighborhoods he might have garnered a little more support. Considering Hays County had an early voting polling place on campus I’d venture to say his support was more than just the hispanic population. How incredibly racist to say that he couldn’t have won if he wasn’t hispanic. Perhaps Thomaides should have spent some quality time in the more impovershed low income areas such as the Victory Gardens neighborhood (go drive down Alabama, Georgia or Armstrong Streets) or the Rio Vista Terrace neighborhood instead of pandering to the higher-income neighborhoods such as Spring Lake Hills and Willow Creek he could have secured a little more of that hispanic vote.

  11. Guerrero’s ugly, fact-twisting campaign bought him 41 more votes than Thomaides. I’m sure Susan is very proud. Surely she views this as God’s work.

    In a way, I wonder if John’s better off. He’d have been virtually alone on City Council with the loss of Hooper, Newman and van Ouderkerke.

    Speaking of Rodney, how did that guy lose? Career police officer, a constant positive contributor to the community, a respected public servant who has worked for San Marcos citizens for half of his life. He loses badly to a low-budget filmmaker with zero relevant experience who seems to have come out of nowhere.

    Nice going, San Martians. You’ll no doubt get what you asked for.

  12. Time to buy stock in asphalt, concrete and building materials with the SM council and new Commissioners Court. Or maybe bottled water.

  13. I think some of you are just pissed that a hispanic won. Daniel did not win on color alone as there were several people of a variety of colors that voted for him. The mayor does not decide on his or her own if a new restaurant comes into town so before posting such un-educated information please do take the time to learn how the process works.
    I believe that what it comes down to is that some of you are just scared of change. Don’t you know change is the one thing you can count on? It’s really sad that some of you are so insecure and want to make this about Daniel being hispanic and not white.
    Don’t like a hispanic mayor? Well get used to it because it’s just a matter of time before Daniel moves on to something bigger perhaps the senate or even governor some day.

  14. should of voted yes on Robles, and not talk down too developers.. That would of been the difference, in the votes. I warned you

  15. Post #19 is so sad, but so true. And these straight party, or as my friend calls it “the shortcut to avoid thinking”, numbers are embarrassing.

  16. How did Rodney lose? He was the one person I was positive was going to win! As for Thomaides, don’t ya wish there would have been a spoiler this year? I wouldn’t bet that racists usually have the wherewithal to taint runoffs.

  17. I don’t think that anyone is suggesting that they don’t like or want a hispanic mayor, but instead that many people in this town let the hispanic last name determine their vote for mayor. Probably not what he or his supporters want to hear, but I bet there’s some truth to it in at least 41 of the 7,000 votes.

  18. Marie Navarro, I don’t think anybody cares he is hispanic. That is tired and worn out.
    The problem is that there will be no change, only more of the same. The same decisions being made
    about development and jobs. He sucked at the teet of the old mayor, as did Prather and Scott. And the same garbage will make its way out..temporary low paying jobs and more temporary housing.
    I am happy that ACC won’t be draining our wallets for their token annex.

  19. Since we have a council that is for collective bargaining, maybe its a good time to unionize, city workers. Collective bargaining and indiviudal property owners rights. Only in Texas?

  20. Another example of color voting for color. Racialism is still the heartbeat of Texas voters and Guerrero’s victory illustrates this very well. It matches the intent of places like Texas State Univ. where hispanics are given preferential treatment by the administrators and admissions so as to retain hispanic heritage institution status that is then rewarded by state and federal dollars. San Marcos, Mexico… I mean San Marcos, Texas is one heck of a place.

  21. I actually think a Hispanic mayor is appropriate for San Marcos, given the demographic of the City. What I am saying is that THIS Hispanic has no business being our Mayor, given the unethical and trashy way that he ran his campaign (to say nothing of his connections to the outgoing Mayor).

    My remark about him not winning if he wasn’t Hispanic is, IMO, on point. With a margin of victory of just 40 votes and Daniel disproportionately carrying the Hispanic vote, it’s readily apparent that some Hispanics were willing to set aside the fact that he is an unfit candidate and voted for him anyway because he is Hispanic.

    It’s just as wrong to vote FOR someone because of the color of thier skin as it is to vote AGAINST them for that reason.

  22. Voting is more often than not, a very selfish action. The thought process easily becomes, what’s in it for me. Equally often, has the candidate or their supporters done something to me, or not in my best interest. I will readily admit that I no lnger live in the corporate city limits of San Marcos, and that I suffer from some if not all the human flaws I stated. So, I looked at teh contributors. Sure enough, I have a track record with some of both Mr. Guerrero and Mr. Thomaides contibutors, positive for one, nagative for the other. My vote, if I could have cast one in this race, would ahve been based on that, not a hispanic name.

  23. that picture kind of creeps me out – are they getting ready to kiss? he sure seems familiar with his hands on her waist like that……… any way, hard to believe Perry won again, Rose is gone and i’m not sure Guerrero is best for San Marcos – with Susan out, i was hoping for some ‘fresh blood’ i e fresh ideas on the council. Maybe next time – i’ll keep voting for whom i think is best for the city AND not vote JUST on gender or ethnicity. i say ‘ethnicity’ because we are all ONE HUMAN RACE. jumping down from my soap box now…….

  24. Most likely John benefitted from some racist votes as did Daniel. That is one of the nice things about this town, we have a community that is fairly equally divided between immigrants from Europe and those from Central America. A percentage of each community demonstrates racist tendencies. I think they balanced each other. Classism, that is the scarier tendency. To favor the wealthy class, the land holding class over those without. To favor the wealthy makes it difficult for everyone to have equal opportunities. The gentried can buy opportunities. The working class are dependent on a functioning system of public schools, universities and protections of rights to gain opportunities. Then they give back to their communities what they have gained. Let’s hope Daniel does not see his allegiance to people but to the systems that helped him get where he is today. I listened for that in debates and I never heard it. Doesn’t mean situations can’t change people.

  25. I am hispanic, and have lived in SM all my life.

    I did not vote for Daniel… However I must say it is disheartening to see so many comments about him winning because he is hispanic. If John had won,we would be hearing the same comments… “people just didnt want a hispanic mayor”

    Lets get over the race issue.
    We all live here and how San Marcos going to get any better worrying about whether the Mayor is hispanic or not.

    What we should be worried about the strings that Susan has tied to him.

  26. Maybe the Hispanics that did vote for Daniel just felt that they had been neglected long enough by the Council that they needed a representative on their side. Might not be true, but sometimes a glimmer of change is what people are looking for..

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