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February 16th, 2011
Guerrero spends half as much as Thomaides in 2010 mayoral victory


San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero, left, and his 2010 electoral opponent, John Thomaides, right. File photo.

News Reporter

Daniel Guerrero won the mayoral race in San Marcos last November after spending half as much on the venture as his opponent, John Thomaides, according to campaign finance reports from July 15, 2010, to Jan. 15, 2011.

Guerrero reported receiving $32,890.21 in political contributions and incurring $24,385.56 in political expenditures from July 30 to Jan. 15. These amounts include $6,909.26 in-kind contributions, all from the latest reporting period, which encompasses Oct. 26 to Jan. 15.

In his Jan. 15 report, Guerrero reported $9,025.26 in contributions ($0 of which comprised contributions of $50 or less), $3,645.73 in expenditures, an ending balance of $1,246.84, and an outstanding loan principle amount of $0. Guerrero’s report covered the period of Oct. 26 through Jan. 15.

Thomaides reported receiving $21,055 and expending $48,478.92 from July 16 to Jan. 15, not including a $10,000 loan for which he owed $9,200 by the end of the reporting period. Thomaides received the loan from San Marcos investor Scott Gregson, who is the publisher of San Marcos Local News. Thomaides’ aforementioned amounts include $350 of in-kind contributions, all from the latest reporting period. Thomaides began the campaign with $18,378.79, which he reported as his cash on hand as of his July 15 report.

In his Jan. 15 report, Thomaides reported $4,700 in contributions ($300 of which comprised contributions $50 or less) $17,665.09 in expenditures, an ending balance of $404.87, and outstanding loan principle amount of $9,200. Thomaides’ report, his final report, covered the period of Oct. 24 through Jan. 31.

Guerrero won the election with 3,460 votes (50.3 percent) to 3,419 for Thomaides (49.7 percent).

Former Mayor Susan Narvaiz, in her Jan. 15 finance report, cited $16,572 in contributions and $16,081.32 in political expenditures between July 1 and Dec. 31 2010. Narvaiz announced that she would not seek a fourth term last July 28, two days after Guerrero announced that he would run.

Narvaiz’s latest report reveals donations from developers who have received or are seeking entitlements to properties proposed for controversial housing developments such as Windemere Ranch, Paso Robles, Purgatory Creek, and the Buie tract.

Narvaiz favored the sought-after entitlements, while Thomaides, recently a councilmember, generally voted in opposition. Contributions to Narvaiz’ officeholder account from individuals and entities associated with the aforementioned developments totaled more than $3,300.

Narvaiz made donations to the successful political campaigns of Councilmembers Shane Scott and Kim Porterfield. Scott received $500 from Narvaiz’ officeholder account and Porterfield received $300 from Narvaiz’s officeholder account. Both won council elections last November.

Political candidates are required to file finance reports 30 days before an election and eight days before an election. Officeholders are required to at least file semiannual reports, which are usually due by Jan. 15 and July 15. The recent Jan. 15 deadline was extended to Jan. 18.

Both mayoral candidates received thousands in contributions from outside San Marcos. Guerrero received $10,260 in out-of-town money from July 30 to Jan. 15, including $900 donated after he won the election. The $900 includes a $400 contribution from Austinite Jim Wimberley and $500 from LANPAC of Houston.

Thomaides received $5,400 in out-of-town money between July 16 2010 and Jan. 15 2011, according to his reports. The out-of-town donations mentioned in his January report include $200 from Col. Brian Ray of Austin, $350 from Scott Polikov of Fort Worth, $250 from Ed Bolton of Canyon Lake, and $250 from Frank Garcia of San Antonio.

The San Marcos Professional Fire Fighters Association’s political action committee (SMPFFA-PAC) donated the most money of any entity or person in the mayoral race. SMPFFA-PAC gave Guerrero $8,000 between July 30 and Jan. 15. SMPFFA-PAC did not support Thomaides, who, unlike Guerrero, opposed the firefighter collective bargaining agreement executed with the city in December 2009. SMPFFA-PAC was in favor of the agreement and has attempted to influence previous elections, as is its right under state law.

Narvaiz supported the meet and confer contract executed between the city and its police in December 2009. SMPFFA-PAC gave $1,250 to Narvaiz before she officially left office — it was after her last council meeting, though before Guerrero was sworn in.

Those who each donated $1,000 to Narvaiz’s officeholder account include Austinites Marc A. Rodriguez, Gary Farmer, Janelle Braun, David Bynum, Larry Peel, and Robert McDonald. Others who donated $1,000 include James Richards Jr. of Houston and Chris Richardson of Hempstead. Peel donated $1,000 to Narvaiz before she left office, as well.

Other large donations to the Guerrero campaign from July to January included $2,500 from Paul J. Bury III of Austin and $2,000 from TREPAC/Texas Association of Realtors.

Receiving the most in expenditures on the last three of Guerrero’s reports included the Austin-based Patterson and Company, which received $11,177.56 to Patterson to cover $7,881.39 for advertising and $3,296.17 for “consulting expense” and “research, writing, postcards” specifically, as listed under “description.” Sign Arts, a San Marcos company, received $6,782.47 for yard signs, a billboard, and related supplies.

Recipients of the most campaign funds in Guerrero’s Jan. 15 report were Patterson, which received $3,296.17 for “consulting expense,” and Sign Arts, which received $349.60 for “yard signs – billboard.”

Some of Thomaides’ most generous contributors included Theodore and Thea Dake of San Marcos, who provided him with $2,350 between July 16 and Jan. 15. Gregson made in-kind and cash contributions to Thomaides totaling $2,589.56 on the July 15 report.

Thomaides received no contributions after the Nov. 2 election, according to his January report. James and Diana Baker of San Marcos contributed $2,300 to Thomaides, while Ed and Bonnie Longcope of San Marcos, Willie Thomas of San Marcos and Jim Wimberly of Austin each contributed $1,000.

Thomaides’ greatest expenditure on the combined reports was $26,890 to the Thompson Group of Little Rock, AK, for advertising. Thomaides also gave $8,582.98 to Paragon Printing of Austin for printing services. He spent $2,838 for the services of the Victory Store of Davenport, IA, for printing and $2,800 with Advanced Customer Service of Nashville for polling.

The leading recipient of money from the Thomaides campaign on the Jan. 15 report was Thompson Group, which received $10,000 for advertising-related work. Paragon Printing got $3,856.28 for mail pieces, an advertising-related expense. Matt Lochman of San Marcos received $1,500 for “mail piece design,” which is advertising-related work. Another $800 went to pay on the Gregson loan.

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0 thoughts on “Guerrero spends half as much as Thomaides in 2010 mayoral victory

  1. “Narvaiz’s latest report reveals donations from developers who have received or are seeking entitlements to properties proposed for controversial housing developments such as Windemere Ranch, Paso Robles, Purgatory Creek, and the Buie tract.”

    Well, color me stunned.

  2. It may be legal to take money while your still hold office, after having announced that your not going to run again, but ethical it surely ain’t. Susan took her payouts (if I’d of known she was so cheap I’d of been offering her money to vote “No” more often) and even tried that whole quasi-legal fund raiser for herself right before she left office. Has she taken the money and run out of town yet?

  3. OH! I see how this works now. The firefighters union gives candidates large sums of money to get elected so that the candidate can give them a raise so that they can give more to their union who can give more to the candidates who can…..


  4. Its amazing Daniel didnt need as much money to win…. Oh wait… He just needed the “East Side” to win…

  5. Guerrero’s campaign filings are full of errors. His first report listed on the city website lists contributions of $15,367.95 and expenditures of $13,616.39. Simple math would leave a balance of $1,751.56 yet he reports a balance of $13,396.10.

    Where did the other $11,644.54 come from? He is required by law to detail ALL contributions.Let’s hope he has a better grasp of a $200 million city budget

    We saw billboards around town for him but no contribution from the Gunnarson Billboard company (who owns the billboards) listed on his reports. Not listing contributions of money and advertising is a serious violation of the Texas Ethics Commission reporting requirements. Other candidates in the past have been given advertising space Gunnarson Billboards and not listed them as a contribution and this needs to stop. Listing Sign Arts Co. . for $349.60 for “billboard and yard signs” is not the full amount of these billboards.

    Accepting 1/3 of all his campaign contributions from employees of the city (firemen) whose salaries and contract he will vote on is wrong.

    Daniel should amend his reports and make the numbers balance and show us where he got the money.

  6. Could have been a balance carried into the reporting period. Could have listed Gunnarson previously. It is probably more fun to jump to conclusions though.

  7. No jumping to conclusions. No balance carried forward because there was no account open to carry it from according to city. Billboard contributions must be listed when they are received and they were not. Again, Daniel could answer all these questions by filling out the reports accurately but he chooses not to do so.

  8. Just a thought.. What is the point of this article? I have many questions now that it has been published. (The San Marcos Professional Fire Fighters Association’s political action committee)? Where did they come from? What is the point of having a firefighter political action committee? Do they have firefighters democrats association too?

  9. The SMPFFA is, for all intents and purposes, a union. Incidentally, every time someone refers to them as a union, one of their defenders quickly throws a fit about the various legal nuances that differentiate the SMPFFA from a true union. While they may be technically correct, the outside observer will see very little difference in regards to how the SMPFFA and “true unions” treat the political arena.

  10. Imagine:

    The point of the article is to shine a light on the Mayoral candidates fundraising and reporting. This is clearly an important service that Newstreamz has performed whichever candidate you supported.

    Who is the SM Professional Firefighters Association PAC you ask? Well, just the largest single contributor to the last City Council races in November 2010. Records show that they contributed and spent approximately $14,000.00 to council candidates Guerrero, Porterfield, and Shane Scott, and outgoing mayor Narvaiz.. They work for the taxpayers and just received big raises in their contract (although they deny it and all the news reports from this publication and the Statesman.)

    Their large financial contributions, especially to Mayor Guerrero (they were his largest contributor and he received the lions share), ensure them that their additional increases in later years of their contract will be safe and their next bite at the apple will be even bigger and sweeter.

    Their members (SM Firemen), seem to contribute part of the salary each month to maintain a healthy balance for the next elections. They do not however list the names of their contributors as required however, so unless there is a complaint filed we won’t know for sure who gives them money. They spent thousands on behalf of Guerrero by attacking his opponent via political mail. You can view their PAC activity at: http://www.

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