More than two months before candidates can file for a place on the ballot, nursing home business manager Jonathan Sorenson said today he will run for mayor on a “smart growth” platform.
In a statement announcing his candidacy, Sorenson, 27, said he would pursue policies that discourage construction of multi-family housing and spur development of single-family neighborhoods.
“Our city council must step up and protect San Marcos. If multi-family development is not slowed and single family development stays stagnant, San Marcos is going to be in a sad situation. Student housing is important in San Marcos but we cannot allow these development projects to encroach on existing stable communities or worse, to negatively impact our river,” said Sorenson, who graduated from Texas State University last year with a bachelor’s degree in public administration.
Employed as business manager at the San Marcos Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Sorenson said he is “running as a citizen of San Marcos, not a politician.”
The first day candidates can file to run in the Nov. 5 municipal election is Monday, July 27.
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, who spent the weekend traveling to a Blue October concert in Baltimore, has not said publicly if he intends to seek a third two-year term. The mayor was absent from Tuesday’s regular city council meeting; Mayor Pro Tem John Thomaides presided over the meeting in his stead.
Here is the full text of Sorenson’s announcement statement:
Jonathan Sorenson, fourteen year resident of San Marcos and graduate of Texas State University, has announced his candidacy for Mayor of San Marcos.
“I’m running as a citizen of San Marcos, not a politician, and my experience outside of local politics has given me the tools I need to make city government work for our citizens” stated Sorenson during a small meeting of his campaign staff. “I have loved San Marcos since the day my family moved here and I am compelled to serve.”
Sorenson stated that the key to success for San Marcos and its citizens will be adding stable and long term jobs to the market. He stated that his number one priority, if elected, will be working with city partners to add jobs and to increase median household income.
Sorenson believes that the current job climate and difficulty attracting new business to San Marcos is directly connected to the current housing development projects. “Shifting focus from multi-family to single-family projects will show companies that we want them in San Marcos long term; not just for a lease term.”
“I think a fresh perspective is just what our city needs. This is a pivotal time for San Marcos. What is done over the next five or ten years will affect San Marcos economically, environmentally, and culturally for the next fifty or one hundred years. We have to be smart” stated Sorenson.
Sorenson stated he looks forward to officially kicking off his campaign in mid-June and will provide dates and event information via his campaign website. Information about Sorenson and his campaign is provided at VoteSorenson.com.