More than two months before the start of filing for the November 2013, two candidates on Monday announced their bids for San Marcos City Council within hours of each other.
Rob Roark, 47, a quality control inspector for a New Braunfels pipe manufacturer, said he will run for the Place 1 seat, currently held by Kim Porterfield, who has said she will not seek a third term.
Roark, who ran as a “Ron Paul Republican” in the GOP primary last year for Congressional District 35, said his city council campaign will focus on basic infrastructure, reduced spending and encouraging more citizen participation at City Hall.
“I want to move our community’s focus on core services — roads, police, and fire protection — instead of the latest shiny bauble,” Roark said.
Roark has lived in San Marcos for 10 years and has two children, an adult daughter who lives in South Dakota, and a 16-year-old son who attends San Marcos High School. He is a member of the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and Open San Marcos.
Also on Monday, Mason Murphy, 34, a counselor at Texas State University’s Career Services office, said he will seek the Place 2 seat currently held by council member Jude Prather. Although he has not formally announced a re-election bid, Prather has told the San Marcos Mercury he will run for a second term.
A resident of San Marcos for about 1½ years, Murphy was a city council appointee to the Comprehensive Plan citizen advisory committee in 2012 and 2013. He said his campaign will focus on increasing economic development, improving K-16 education and “supporting our men and women in public safety and emergency medical service roles.”
“I want to bring a different perspective and new ideas” to the city council, Murphy told the San Marcos Mercury.
San Marcos voters will elect council members for the at-large Place 1 and Place 2 seats, as well as proposed City Charter amendments.
The City Charter Review Commission is expected to make its recommendation to the city council on updates to the city’s governing document in the next few weeks. The council will decide which proposed amendments to put on the ballot for voter consideration.
The filing period for city council seats is July 27 to Aug. 26. Election Day is Nov. 5 with early voting Oct. 21 to Nov. 1.
» Roark’s congressional campaign Facebook page
(No city council campaign website yet).
DISCLOSURE: Prather has a financial relationship with the San Marcos Mercury as reported in his personal finance disclosure statements on file with the San Marcos City Clerk. In 2011 and 2012, he loaned a total of $2,000 to San Marcos Mercury Publisher Brad Rollins for business use.Email | Print