by BRAD ROLLINS
A slew of political heavy hitters turned out on Thursday to help Terry Nichols launch his bid for Place 3 on the San Marcos City Council.
Nichols, who was a San Marcos policeman for 21 years before retiring in January 2010 as a commander, was introduced to the crowd at Palmer’s Restaurant, Bar & Courtyard by former Hays County Sheriff Don Montague. Since his retirement from the city, Nichols has been assistant director of Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center where Montague is his boss.
“You’re not going to find anyone whose more tenacious or passionate about what they do,” Montague said. “You’ll never have any doubt about where Terry stands” on an issue.
Those in attendance included Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler, District Attorney Sherri Tibbe, Hays County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Linda Rodriguez, Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Beth Smith and three former San Marcos mayors: Susan Narvaiz, David Chiu and Kathy Morris. (David Scott Glickler, an assistant state attorney general who lives in Buda, was also present and telling people he is running to replace 22nd State District Judge Charles Ramsay, whom Glickler said is retiring when his term ends next year.)
Nichols did not offer too many specifics in his speech to the crowd but did say he will be supportive of increasing the city’s single-family housing stock through projects like the proposed Paso Robles development on Hunter Road. He also said he will push efforts to increase transparency at City Hall through initiatives to post council members’ cell phone, credit card and voting records on the Internet.
“With me, what you see is what you get. I’m not going to be worrying about running for re-election. I’m not going to be trying to appease some special interest group,” Nichols said.
He will face Toby Hooper, a Seton Family of Hospitals contract negotiator, and Texas State University student Nicholas Cubides for the Place 3 spot being vacated by Fred Terry.
Meanwhile, retired bank executive Wayne Becak filed on Thursday for the Place 4 seat on the council against incumbent Chris Jones, who is seeking a third term. Becak was working the room at Nichol’s campaign kickoff. Election Day is Nov. 8.
CORRECTION: This story originally referred incorrectly to David Glicker instead of David Glickler.