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Manufacturing sector inspector and community activist Rob Roark withdrew today from the race for San Marcos City Council Place 1.

Roark, who was the first contender out of the starting gate when he announced his candidacy in May, ended his campaign at 4 p.m. Thursday, an hour before the deadline to withdraw from the Nov. 5 general election.

Roark’s exit leaves two contenders for Place 1: landscape architect Lisa Prewitt and insurance agency owner Bill Taylor, a former council member and current planning & zoning commission chair. Incumbent Kim Porterfield is not seeking a third term.

Here is a statement Roark issued to the San Marcos Mercury:

Citing the quality of the other candidates and expressing a desire to avoid a costly and divisive run-off, long-time community activist Rob Roark announced today that he will end his campaign to become the Place 1 City Council member in San Marcos.

Said Roark, “Since today is the last day to withdraw, having three people in the race will inevitably result in more cost to the city for an additional election, and I feel that the citizens will have good qualified choices for council, I am electing to withdraw my name from the ballot for Place 1 in the city’s November election. I will continue to be active in monitoring the council, and advocating for open communication and participation of our citizens in the local process.”

Rob Roark has more than 18 years working in local manufacturing. He is a member of the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and Open San Marcos. He regularly volunteers with the Hays County Food Bank and has longed served the community as a precinct chair and election judge.

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One thought on “Roark drops out of city council race

  1. Rob would have been an excellent choice, as evidenced by his consideration of saving the citizens money on run-off races, etc. This is not the norm these days and Mr. Roark should be commended. He is an excellent campaigner who gets the big picture.

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