The race for San Marcos City Council seats has heated up these last two days. Mayor Susan Clifford Narvaiz, who was the first to file, is being challenged by David Newman, a retired airline transport pilot, and Daniel McCarthy, a student at Texas State University.
(Please see yesterday’s Newstreamz story on Newman’s filing). Daniel McCarthy, a public administration major, noted: “This is an unprecedented opportunity for the students to vote in national and local elections simultaneously. Running as a student will maximize this opportunity.” Mayor Narvaiz kicked off her campaign on July 6 before officially filing on July 28, Narvaiz made the decision to seek re-election “after many requests from citizens and supporters, conversations with family and dear friends and much prayer.” Narvaiz cited her support of the city government’s new financial policy, the new land development code, and initiating the “one-stop” permit center for processing permitting and development requests. Narvaiz also pointed to the completion of the Wonder World Drive Overpass and the Yarrington Bridge Overpass and her support for the McCarty Lane/FM 110 Loop project among other infrastructure initiatives.
Saul Gonzales, a maintenance engineer at Central Texas Medical Center, and Fred Terry, a local realtor, have both filed for council member, place three, which is now an open seat due to the incumbent, Daniel Guerrero withdrawing as a candidate on August 18. Both have served as members of the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission.
Eric Brillhart who had told this reporter yesterday that he intended to file today, failed to file. Mr. Brillhart could not be reached for comment.
Christopher Jones, incumbent city council member, place four, has filed for re-election. Jones, a career advisor and Texas State graduate, is being challenged by Lisa Coppoletta, an academic advisor for the College of Education at Texas State University. If elected, Ms Coppoletta wants the city to establish a “no Kill” shelter, develop Eco-tourism, funding for at-risk youth, and “full funding” of the Youth Shelter. Coppoletta ran for city council in 1993.
Election day for city council seats is November 4, the same as the presidential election date. Early voting runs from October 20 to 31.
By ED MIHALKANIN, Ph.D