By ANDY SEVILLA
As if to not spoil the theater of the November mayoral election in San Marcos, Mayor Susan Narvaiz and Councilmember John Thomaides are only providing previews into their intentions concerning the city’s highest elected office.
Meanwhile, San Marcos Councilmember Kim Porterfield said she will seek re-election to her seat in the Nov. 2 election.
While Narvaiz is silent on whether she’ll seek re-election at all, Thomaides is being coy, at least for now, on the details behind his announcement of seeking the mayor’s chair come November.
Thomaides officially announced his candidacy for Mayor July 7, after months of rumors, via a mailer sent out to his proven supporters. Thomaides has won three elections to the city council.
Told of Thomaides’ announcement late last week, Narvaiz said it wasn’t a “shock” to learn of his intention. Later, Narvaiz said that she’s “excited” to say that she and her family have made a decision into the possibility of a re-election bid, but for now those details will remain behind closed doors.
Narvaiz went on to say that she will make a statement detailing her decision in the days to come, but would not provide a specific date. She said she will not comment on Thomaides’ run for mayor until she has announced if she will seek re-election.
Dan McCarthy, who gained 19.8 percent of the vote to finish third in the 2008 mayoral vote behind Narvaiz and David Newman, said Sunday night that he will make another run for mayor in November. Lisa Marie Coppoletta, who has made two failed runs for the city council in the last two years, has said she will run for mayor against Thomaides if no one else will.
Porterfield’s announcement of a council run eliminates one possible mayoral challenge for Thomaides and could signal that Narvaiz will run for another term as mayor. Many political observers in San Marcos have supposed that Porterfield would run for mayor if Narvaiz does not.
“I have found serving on the City Council to be challenging but also very rewarding,” said Porterfield, 49. “I’m committed to this wonderful community, and look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of San Marcos … It’s been an honor. I believe that the three years I’ve been on the council combined with my other community involvement make me a very effective council member. I strive to be thoughtful, independent, and make the best choices I can for our community.”
Porterfield defeated Betsy Robertson for a seat on the city council in 2007. She first moved to San Marcos in 1979 to attend Texas State (then Southwest Texas State) and has involved herself in the community since then. She worked for eight years as a reporter and photographer for the San Marcos Daily Record before working as the community liaison for San Marcos CISD. In 2001, she went to work for Texas State in the office of community relations, winning “Employee of the Year” at the university in 2003.
At Texas State, she initiated two large-scale community service projects: Bobcat Build, which brings 3,000 students into the San Marcos community for a day of volunteerism; and Pack It Up and Pass It On, a recycling program that puts student donations into the hands of more than 1,000 local residents. Porterfield was inducted into the San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004 for her personal and community achievements.
Thomaides said he wants to share the details of his run with friends and supporters who attend his campaign kick-off slated Wednesday, 5-7 p.m., at Café on the Square. He said he is declining all interview requests until then.
Though Thomaides’ announcement automatically triggers his resignation from the city council, as stipulated by the state constitution, that same constitution states that he is to remain seated until his successor has been selected. San Marcos City Attorney Michael Cosentino said that selection will take place through an election.
San Marcos City Clerk Sherry Mashburn said the matter of Thomaides’ council seat is likely to be addressed at the July 20 city council meeting, when ballot language for the Nov. 2 election is up for discussion. Besides the mayor’s seat and Porterfield’s seat, the council seat belonging to Councilmember Gaylord Bose also will be up for election on Nov. 2. To that mix, it is likely that Thomaides’ seat will be added. Bose has not announced if he will seek another term.
Mashburn said the council will take up a call for a November election on first reading on Aug. 3 and finalize the matter at their Aug. 17 council meeting. Filing for city council races begins on July 25. The last day to file is Aug. 24, which also is the statutory last day for the council to order a Nov. 2 election.
Narvaiz is on her third consecutive term as mayor, first being elected in 2004. Before then, she served two years as a city councilmember. Thomaides was first elected in 2003, and again in 2006 and 2009.Email | Print