by BRAD ROLLINS
In town this week on leave from his deployment in Iraq, Jude Prather said he will announce today that he plans to seek a seat on the city council in November.
Prather, 26, said he will return to the themes of his unsuccessful 2007 bid including serving as an arbitrator on town-and-gown issues, improving infrastructure, protecting natural resources and diversifying the local economy. In addition, he said, he will push for creating programs to encourage returning military veterans to settle in San Marcos.
“After conceding defeat in the 2007 city council election, I knew then that my desire to serve San Marcos still burned,” Prather said in a written statement. “Through adversity and this journey I have become a stronger and determined public servant.”
In his previous bid, Prather received 1,303 votes to incumbent Gaylord Bose’s 1,306. He conceded the loss after a recount did not change the results.
Prather said he would seek the place 5 seat currently held by council member Pam Couch, who has not announced whether she will seek a second term.
Texas State University academic advisor and community activist Lisa Marie Coppoletta, who recently marshaled considerable opposition to mandatory micro-chipping of pets, has also said she will run for place 5. Coppoletta received 4,925 votes, or 44.4 percent, in her challenge last year of council member Chris Jones, who garnered 6,168 votes, or 55.6 percent.
Prather lives in San Marcos with his wife, Kathy Martinez-Prather, an analyst at Texas State’s Center for Safe Communities and Schools. His tour is scheduled to end in July.
DISCLOSURE: Prather is a friend and I advised his 2007 city council race.
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