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San Marcos City Council Place 6 candidate Melissa Derrick and incumbent Shane Scott met on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the University Star’s annual candidate debate at Texas State University.

San Marcos City Council Place 6 incumbent Shane Scott at the University Star’s candidate debate on Oct. 7. PHOTO by LESLY de LEON/THE UNIVERSITY STAR

San Marcos City Council Place 6 incumbent Shane Scott at the University Star’s candidate debate on Oct. 7. PHOTO by LESLY de LEON/THE UNIVERSITY STAR

San Marcos City Council Place 6 candidate Melissa Derrick at the University Star’s candidate debate on Oct. 7. PHOTO by LESLY de LEON/THE UNIVERSITY STAR

San Marcos City Council Place 6 candidate Melissa Derrick at the University Star’s candidate debate on Oct. 7. PHOTO by LESLY de LEON/THE UNIVERSITY STAR

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11 thoughts on “Video: Heated debate between San Marcos council member Shane Scott, challenger Melissa Derrick

  1. People keep saying we should have term limits and I believe it’s time for Scott’s term to be over. NEW perpective is needed and I believe Melissa Derrick will provide that.
    GOOD LUCK Melissa

  2. That’s one way to look at it. I just can’t give my vote to anyone who proposes charging an access fee to get in the river though. That’s just absurd and if she really did say the purpose of the fee was to “keep the wrong type of people out of the river” then it’s doubly troubling. Should only those who can afford it be able to swim? Yuck.

  3. Weye you there she said that about river fee? All her supporters who were at the student debate said she only mentioned that the fee was was of possibility that had been “proposed” by some and when I asked her about it, she said that was not the alternative she was supporting. And I’ve know her long enough to know she would never use a “wrong type of people” description for anyone.

  4. Second line of above comment should read “was one possibility” not “was was of.” I don’t have much editing experience.

  5. Anyone else see Melissa’s picture on her campaign page on Facebook? Nothing says you care about the river like trespassing and standing in federally protected Spring Lake.

  6. 1. Wouldn’t mind a fee for weekend and holiday use/parking fee. When I go there on the weekends it seems to be mostly out of town people anyway. Weekdays would encourage local use and be free.
    2. One way to help homeowners and retain neighborhood integrity would be to have a homestead exemption for city taxes. This would give a break to those who choose to buy a house and live in that house. I believe that homeowners are less of a burden on city infrastructure and public safety so a break would be welcome and something we could promote to get more single family homeowners.
    3. It is so obvious that student apartments – even on the edge of neighborhood – cause quality of life issues. I do appreciate that Mr. Scott is not waffling on votes he has already made – however I still disagree with how he votes more often than not.
    4. I am a city resident, homeowner, and frequent visitor of our parks and rivers. I can only vote for Melissa.

  7. It took four weeks before the Derrick camp could even come up with an excuse for her river fee/right kind of people statement. First they blamed the media, like the university reporter had a horse in the race. Then she was quoting the idea of another. Now, maybe just on the weekend.

    Normally, you would write it off as a stray comment, but when a candidate is devoid of experience or qualifications, comments are all we have to go on. That’s what makes it tough to move from protesting to governing. When you are protesting it doesn’t really matter what you say, but when you are governing, you are expected to lead. And her campaign has been to just continue to protest things that already happened. If the Woods is torn down and they apply to rebuild, we know how she would vote, but we are left to guess at the rest. That she has found any traction is just baffling, much less from one of the candidates in the other race.

  8. I see Derrick as nothing more Gregson’s “second vote” if both are elected. He seems to be the proverbial alpha dog here and she’s giving every impression that she’ll be more than willing to tag right along with him.

    Since I’m not fond of the idea of one member having two votes, I won’t be voting for either of them.

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