San Marcos mayoral candidate John Thomaides, left, and Mayor Susan Narvaiz, right. File photo.
By ANDY SEVILLA
The San Marcos City Council leaders in campaign contributions so far this year are Mayor Susan Narvaiz, who hasn’t announced if she will run for re-election, and Councilmember John Thomaides, who has announced that he is seeking Narvaiz’ position.
According to campaign reports due last Thursday, Thomaides has the strongest war chest ahead of the November election. Thomaides kicked off his campaign last week with $18,378.79 in his campaign account, while Narvaiz was down to $62.65 after spending nearly $20,000 in campaign funds between Jan. 1 and June 30.
During the reporting period beginning in January, Thomaides took in $17,344.56, while Narvaiz accepted $15,750. Meanwhile, during the same reporting period, Thomaides expended $1,840.04, while Narvaiz spent $19,757.05
Councilmember Kim Porterfield, who announced last week that she is seeking re-election, reported zero dollars in contributions and zero dollars in expenditures, leaving her campaign account with $393.80.
As of Friday, Councilmembers Gaylord Bose, Ryan Thomason, Fred Terry, and Chris Jones had yet to comply with the state law requiring campaign fund reports as stipulated by Title 15 of the Texas Election Code. Natalie Ibelaja of the Texas Ethics Commission said councilmembers not in compliance with the state statute are open to the possibility of having ethics complaints filed against them.
The largest single contribution to any councilmember went to Narvaiz from Richard Burdick, the founder of Thurmon Manufacturing in San Marcos, who wrote a check for $2,500. Narvaiz also received a contribution of $2,500 from Dallas commercial real estate attorney Kim Lawrence during the reporting period between July 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2009.
However, the largest single contributor overall since the start of 2010 is San Marcos real estate investor Scott Gregson, who made a $2,000 cash contribution to Thomaides and an in-kind contribution of $589.56 to the same candidate. Gregson also made a $240.00 in-kind contribution to Thomaides during the reporting period from Oct. 26, 2009 to Jan. 15, 2010, bringing his contributions to Thomaides during the last two reporting periods to $2,829.56. Gregson is the publisher of San Marcos Local News.
Narvaiz received $2,000 from Springtown Mall interests in January, shortly before the property went into foreclosure. Among those contributions were $1,000 from John Lewis, the co-General Partner for Springtown Mall. On the same date, Jan. 11, Narvaiz reported contributions of $250 each from Peter Lamy of Lamy-Springtown Mall, Ltd., Faith 808, LLC, and LOC, Ltd. All are addressed at the same location, 1717 West Sixth Street, Suite 390, in Austin.
In February, Narvaiz placed a third crack at a redevelopment incentive for Springtown Mall on the city council agenda, but the item was pulled because the agenda information wasn’t sufficiently accessible to the public. With that, Narvaiz conducted a series of public meetings to discuss Springtown redevelopment.
In April, 1180 Thorpe, Ltd., of which Lewis is a partner, purchased the abandoned Target building at Springtown Mall. The Springtown properties once owned by Lamy-Springtown went into the possession of their mortgager, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Narvaiz also took in single contributions of $1,000 each from Flintco Construction President John A. Martin of Austin, James Heath of Pflugerville and James and Shirley Dannenbaum of Houston so far this year. James Dannenbaum owns an engineering firm that is active in Hays County. Narvaiz also received two contributions of $500 each from SLF II McCarty, LP, of Dallas, which owns the property across McCarty Lane from the City of San Marcos Conference Center.
During the most recent reporting period, Thomaides received a $2,000 contribution from James and Jane Kelley, a $1,500 contribution from David Roberts, and $1,000 contributions from Charles Sims and the law firm Linebarger, Goggin, Blair PAC (Political Action Committee). All of Thomaides’ contributors on the most recent finance form are addressed in San Marcos except for Linebarger PAC, which is in Austin, and long-time San Marcos resident Keith Giles, who now lives in Seguin and contributed $250.
On the campaign finance form covering Oct. 26, 2009 to Jan. 15, 2010, Thomaides received a contribution of $1,500 from James Bigelow, a homebuilder from Bartlett, IL. Bigelow contributed $5,000 to Narvaiz on Aug. 28, 2008, leading up to her November 2008 re-election, and has not contributed to her since. Others who contributed to Narvaiz before her November 2008 election and have since stopped contributing to her while contributing to Thomaides include Gregson, Sims, the Linebarger PAC and San Marcos nightclub owner Allen Shy.
Thomaides’ reported expenditures on the July 15 form include printing and advertising costs of $1,345.62 and event and food expenses totaling $323.61.
Naraviz’ longest expense list was for food and beverages on the most recent report, with coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinners with constituents totaling about $1,900 for 38 outings.
Narvaiz also reported spending $1,254.56 in mobile phone fees to ATT, a $3,067.85 payment to Sedona Group for salary, wages, and contract labor for Gloria Salazar, who was Narvaiz’ 2008 re-election campaign manager, and two payments amounting to $849.60 for reimbursement and contract labor for Elisabeth Darnell, Narvaiz’ campaign treasurer.
Narvaiz also reimbursed herself $6,749.62, and reimbursed the city $1,147.35 for an airline ticket and office holder advances.
Narvaiz also presented several office holder donations to various organizations and purchased auction items for various events.Email | Print