10:39 p.m. TUESDAY, NOV. 6: San Marcos voters returned all three council incumbents to office by margins ranging from landslide to major landslide.
With 19 of 19 San Marcos precincts counted, Mayor Daniel Guerrero won 8,395 votes — 83.6 percent — over challenger Thomas Prentice, who won 1,647 votes (16.4 percent).
Place 5 council member Ryan Thomason won by a similarly lopsided margin, taking 6,588 votes (80.7 percent) to Melissa Derrick’s 1,579 write-in votes (19.3 percent).
Place 6 council member Shane Scott was re-elected by the smallest margin of his colleagues but still breezed back into office with ample room to spare. Scott won 5,434 votes (59.3 percent) to Greg Frank’s 3,733 (40.7 percent).
San Marcos voters also approved one of three nonbinding propositions on parkland acquisition by a huge margin, defeated another by a huge margin and narrowly defeated a third.
Prop. 1, which urges the San Marcos City Council to buy about 70 acres along the San Marcos River including the areas known locally as Cape’s Camp and Thompson’s Islands, passed with 8,227 votes (75.5 percent).
Prop. 2, which endorsed the use of eminent domain to acquire the property, failed with 5,171 (48.7 percent) voting in favor and 5,455 (51.3 percent) voting against. When asked if they would accept a property tax increase to pay for the parkland, nearly three out of four voters said they would not. Prop. 3 failed with only 3,808 (35.3 percent) voting in favor and 6,984 (64.7 percent) voting against.
Mayor Daniel Guerrero and two of his San Marcos City Council colleagues appear headed to victories with 20 of 49 Hays County election precincts counted.
Guerrero and Place 5 council member Ryan Thomason enjoyed leads of 83.7 percent and 81.6 percent, respectively, over their opponents, Thomas Prentice and write-in challenger Melissa Derrick. Place 6 council memberShane Scott led by a slimmer margin, 58.8 percent, to Greg Frank’s 41.2 percent.
Meanwhile, 5,986 voters (75.2 percent) supported a nonbinding referendum on whether the city of San Marcos should buy about 70 acres of parkland along the San Marcos River.
Two related ballot propositions, however, were failing.
Prop 2 asked voters whether they would approve of eminent domain to acquire Cape’s Camp from its owners; it was failing with 3,755 (48.3 percent) voting in favor and 4,020 (51.7 percent) voting against.
Prop 3, which asked voters if they approve of a property tax increase to pay for the parkland, was failing miserably with only 2,784 voters (35.2 percent) voting in favor and 5,124 (64.8 percent) voting against.Email | Print