Looking to introduce himself before his opponents can do it for him, San Antonio businessman Mike Novak is running a radio spot aimed at convincing potential Republican Party primary voters that he deserves a fair hearing in his bid to replace State Sen. Donna Campbell.
Less than two years removed from her decisive upset of longtime incumbent Jeff Wentworth, Campbell faces Novak and former San Antonio City Council member Elisa Chan in the March 4 primary. Both challengers are betting that the senator’s support is softer than her 2012 vote total suggests, despite Campbell’s incumbent advantage and a high-profile freshman year in the Legislature.
Of the three GOP candidates, Novak is the first on airwaves with a 60-second spot that casts the former Bexar County commissioner as “a conservative who means business.”
“We need leadership — and I mean real leadership — on transportation, water, health care and education. I’m a former county commissioners where I cut taxes and reduced spending and offering that same watchdog mentality to state government,” Novak says in the ad, which began airing Jan. 1.
A Novak campaign source said the ad is running primarily on 1200 WOAI and 550 KTSA, both San Antonio-based news and talk radio stations, with some limited airings elsewhere in the district.
In what is considered a safe Republican district, the victor in the GOP primary is the prohibitive favorite against Democratic Party contender Daniel Boone, a former restauranteur who lives in Comal County’s Canyon Lake area. Consequently, the 75,000 or so Republicans expected to turn out in the primary — even fewer if there is a runoff — will likely determine who will represent SD-25’s 815,000-plus constituents. Nearly 70 percent of Hays County’s population lives within the district, about 109,000 people when the U.S. Census was taken in 2010.
Novak can claim ties to SD-25 outside Bexar County, having bought San Marcos Air Conditioning Inc. in 2012. The company is operated by his son, Lucas, a New Braunfels resident.
The story was updated to report radio stations where the Novak campaign spot is airing.