Dicen que la gente Mexicana de San Marcos no salen a votar en las elecciones. Sera verdad ? Lo creo que si es verdad.
Many say, including Daniel Guerrero’s opponent for mayor, the Mexicans, Hispanics or Chicanos will not go out to exercise their privilege of voting. They never do. Because of that Mr. Guerrero’s opponent has stated that the election is just a formality, he says he has already won the race. He has even called himself mayor-elect. All this before most of San Marcos has cast their vote.
The fact is that the entire community of San Marcos (including Mexican-Americans) should be excited to see one of their native sons stepping forward to stand for your vote to become the next Mayor of San Marcos. Not because he is a minority, but because he is a San Marcan, representing the investment made by many in this community to grow our own. To grow one who would graduate from our local public school system, attend our hometown university – Texas State , pursue his graduate degree at St. Edward’s and return home to work and serve his fellow neighbor.
As a young man Daniel watched his parents make many sacrifices to ensure that Daniel would have the opportunity to attend college. He saw them live on a frugal budget to meet their obligations and not take on more than they could afford. They set an example for many families, giving hope that they too could raise a generation of children that would be more educated and better able to apply common sense to live a life based on solid family values and they succeeded.
I became closely acquainted with Daniel as a member of LULAC Council 654 here in San Marcos . The organization awarded Daniel a scholarship to help him through his studies and become a well versed young man. Little did I know, years later, I would serve alongside Daniel on the city council. He impressed me with his wisdom as a person younger by years, but with passion and convictions to be an excellent councilmember and leader.
We were both lucky to have had the opportunity to make a difference in helping our constituents enjoy the transformation of the old Dam to Rio Vista Falls , the vote to fund the construction of the Embassy Suites and Conference Center and the opening of the first railroad overpass at Wonder World. We were also involved in negotiating the construction of the Wonder World extension and we joined with enough of our colleagues to make the Rio Vista Terrace drainage and street improvements a priority when others wanted to keep spending monies on specialty projects. We brought attention to the need to address safety and street lighting on all sides of our town, most especially in the neighborhoods on the East Side of I35. We also worked with the majority of our council to advance our economic policy so that we would be able to compete to keep jobs we had and create more jobs for our local families. At different times during our tenure we cast deciding votes on issues such as; moving elections to November to increase voter turnout, raising the age of a person to run for election to council, regulating you from having your dogs in the back of your truck, agreement to help build Mariposa, and Post Road Improvements to name a few.
In comparison, his opponent voted against the elections moving to November, he wanted to regulate dogs in the back of trucks and he was in favor of increasing the age for running for council to keep young people from stepping up. Thomaides championed the over-priced, now faulty re-construction of the tennis courts because he is an avid tennis player and he demanded special access prior to the project being released to the citizens so that he and his friends could be the first to play on the courts. He side-stepped council direction to add bike lanes to CM Allen Parkway when the council voted for a comprehensive parking plan to address the parking issues in Rio Vista Terrace neighborhood. Yes he is an avid biker. CM Allen Parkway , in my opinion, did not need reconstruction. Prior to that we voted for a skate park using $75,000 and challenged the interest group to raise the additional monies for the project. They instead expanded the project to well over $1 million.
All this because his neighborhood friends vote and show up at council meetings to keep him focused on their side of town and on their priorities and now he believes that he is already your mayor. He believes you will not vote, so you do not count.
Last year, Mr. Thomaides ran against Monica Garcia to win re-election with a large margin. He knew he was going to run for mayor just a year later. While not sure who his opponent might be he wanted to limit campaign contributions stating he was against large contributions and excessive political spending. He must have changed his mind as he is now running ads on prime-time TV and that costs money.
He has claimed that he has created jobs (Grifol’s), stood against “bailouts” and is better qualified than Daniel Guerrero. I ask you to check the record and see that Thomaides has always been a no growth, special interests council member who was coached by his handlers to change his message if he wanted to get the votes he would need to be elected mayor. The question is will their advice work? Will you be too busy to check the record? Will you let another election pass without voting?
Go out and vote on November 2nd and vote for one of our own, one that we have grown, Daniel Guerrero.
Salgan a votar por favor, para que su Alcalde sea uno de nuestra gente.
John A. Diaz
Former San Marcos council member