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EDITOR:

Thank you to all those who supported my city council candidacy and the campaign to move away from politics as usual in San Marcos.

I end the campaign without regret as I did not accept invitations to compromise my character and ethics. After hearing the public voice their distrust of politicians I responded as the “professional for election,” offering myself as a person with the experience, skills and vision to take the city to a higher level in development and ethics.

However, this message did not seem to resonate locally. As I said at the LWV debate, I knew I was asking a lot from citizens to step away from the culture of voting for a friend, or the front man of a group, or the old habit, and instead to choose the person with the best resume for the job. I was prepared to dedicate a lot of time to building the city and addressing issues in between council meetings; because, that is where the foundations of development and change are constructed.

Many great conversations were had with residents in which I listened to their hopes, fears and anger. In so doing, I am proud to say that I did not manipulate their emotions by making big promises for votes.

Representing the city at large instead of a group was my goal. As one notable figure told me early on: “there are factions in the city and there will always be factions” and in order to win you have to be on one side or the other. I did not feel comfortable with that and cared enough about the community to go in a different direction.

But was it worth it? Yes, I believe I had an effect on the greater dialogue in the community and set an example for our young people to do what is right regardless of political consequences. Remaining honored at home is a big focus for me which I use to guide my decisions. Therefore, it meant everything when my oldest daughter said yesterday, “I’m proud of you Dad.”

Of course, we must not forget the big scheme of life, a former council member told me on Tuesday night: This is all part of God’s plan and to accept the outcome. With that said, may the blessings of God be upon you and God bless San Marcos.

TOBY HOOPER

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4 thoughts on “Letter: ‘I did not compromise my character’

  1. Well Mr. Hooper, many people I know considered you a bit too sanctimonious. As the old saying goes, you’re were too sold on yourself as savior. After reading this condescending attack on voters who were too petty to recognize your greatness, I can certainly see why.

  2. Sanctimonious?

    I think he just wanted to raise the bar and offer an apolitical alternative.

    Out of all the candidates he was willing to set himself apart and go against the grain.

    I would even say he was “counter culture” to politics in SM.

    Perhaps he is where we should be – we’re just not there yet?

    Jim, run for office and check back with us in year.

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