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Van Oudekerke announces run for San Marcos council

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Rodney van Oudekerke.

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Former San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) officer Rodney van Oudekerke announced Thursday that seek election to the San Marcos City Council.

van Oudekerke retired from the SMPD last year after 24 years. Since his retirement, he has continued his public service to through work with the Heritage Association and Leadership San Marcos.

van Oudekerke said he has the ability to see all sides of an issue and use common sense to resolve problems in the community. He has lived in San Marcos for 30 years.

van Oudekerke didn’t specify which seat he will seek. Councilmember Gaylord Bose, whose seat is up for election, said he will not seek another term. Councilmember Kim Porterfield has announced that she will run for another term.

The seat of Councilmember John Thomaides also is likely to be on the ballot for November. Thomaides has begun his campaign for mayor. The sitting mayor, Susan Narvaiz, has not indicated if she will seek a fourth term in November.

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#1 Comment By chris north On 07/16/2010 @ 7:53 pm

Thanks so much for running, Rodney. You care about the town, have been involved for many years, have great ideas and understand the ‘in’s and out’s’ of the City. thanks again.

#2 Comment By Craig Young On 07/16/2010 @ 8:01 pm

Go for it Rodney. Your commitment to the community speaks volumes.

#3 Comment By billygmoore On 07/17/2010 @ 1:03 am

Rodney is bright, experienced, and knows not only the community and its complex workings, but government, its inner workings, and the core need for dedication and personal integrity–which he has in abundance. He also comes knowing the other “players,” but not owing his soul to any I could name. He is independent, not anyone’s patsy or lap dog.

This comes from at least two decades of our being involved, first as public servants, later as friends. So far as I can tell, the only way he might be vulnerable is via his vocation as a police officer and thus his vulnerability to the Police Union’s interest. So far as one can divine, his primary “special interest” is the health, safety, welfare, heritage and quality of life we all share in this place. All this I say not as an avowed supporter (I wait to hear the discussion before I commit to any candidate.), but as a fair-to-middling objective observer.

#4 Comment By Phil Hutchinson On 07/17/2010 @ 9:23 am

I participated in Leadership San Marcos with Rodney and he was outstanding. He worked very hard, followed through and showed great vision and creativity.

#5 Comment By Dave Newman On 07/18/2010 @ 9:44 am

Thanks for stepping up Rodney !!

San Marcos needs someone like you on our City Council !!

#6 Comment By Bill Haney On 07/18/2010 @ 4:18 pm

Go ahead, Rodney, and file for mayor!

#7 Comment By B. Franklin On 07/18/2010 @ 9:57 pm

Hear, Hear !!