Outgoing San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, left, and Mayor-elect Daniel Guerrero share a moment after Guerrero narrowly defeated Councilmember John Thomaides in voting that concluded Tuesday. Photo by Andy Sevilla.
Republicans swept across Hays County Tuesday and throughout the election season, putting their candidates into office across the board after the general election results were announced Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, a slate of city council candidates supported by outgoing Mayor Susan Narvaiz swept to four seats on the council, led by Daniel Guerrero’s narrow victory for mayor.
Guerrero squeaked past Councilmember John Thomaides on a strong electoral showing on the south side of San Marcos. Guerrero took 3,460 votes (50.3 percent) to 3,419 for Thomaides (49.7 percent).
Thomaides held an 85-vote lead with one precinct left to report, but that precinct was Precinct 113 on the south side of the city. When the result was announced, Guerrero hammered Thomaides at that box, 235 to 109, turning the election in his favor.
Thomaides could not be reached for comment as to whether he will ask for a recount.
Meanwhile, the three council candidates supported by Narvaiz — Jude Prather, Shane Scott and incumbent Kim Porterfield — all won. Each of those races drew about 6,000 voters, with Porterfield taking 52.8 percent against David Newman, Jude Prather polling 51.9 percent against Toby Hooper, and Shane Scott scoring 54.6 percent against Rodney van Oudekerke.
Hays County government will take a big shift back to the Republican Party, which held four seats on the commissioners court for eight years before the Democrats took their turn with four seats in 2006.
Republicans will replace Democrats at Hays County judge, sheriff, Precinct 2 commissioner, Precinct 4 commissioner and County Court at Law No. 1 judge. Republicans also won races for 428th District court judge, district clerk, county clerk, and county surveyor.
The only Democrats left standing after Tuesday night all ran unopposed.
Even Patrick Rose (D-San Marcos) could not survive. With 47 of 73 precincts reporting across State Representative District 45, Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) had 54.4 percent of 38,708 votes cast in that race, prompting Rose to concede. Rose had won four straight terms, starting in 2002.
San Marcos CISD voters also overwhelmingly turned away a proposal for Austin Community College (ACC) to annex the school district. The annexation proposal was opposed by 54.92 percent of the voters. However, 58.5 percent of voters in Hays CISD approved ACC annexation.
Republicans swamped Democrats in straight ticket voting across Hays County. Almost half of Hays County voters, 47.3 percent (18.957 voters), cast straight ballots. Of those, 11,156 (58.85 percent) were straight Republican ballots, while 7,399 (39.03 percent) cast straight Democratic ballots.
The election drew 40,074 out of 95,527 voters, for a turnout of 41.95 percent in Hays County.
The results, race by race, counting only the Hays County vote in local races:
State Representative, District 45 — Jason Isaac, Republican, 20,915 (53.34), Patrick Rose, Democrat, 18,296 (46.66). Note: votes from Caldwell County and Blanco County also will decide the race.
428th District Court judge — Bill Henry, incumbent Republican, 23,915 (62.84 percent); Scot Courtney, Democrat, 14,139 (37.16).
Hays County judge — Bert Cobb, Republican, 21,690 (56.18); Jeff Barton, Democrat, 16,915 (43.82 percent).
Hays County Court at Law No. 1 judge — Robert Updegrove, Republican, 21,173 (55.56); Anna Boling, Democrat, 16,923 (44.42).
District clerk — Beverly Crumley, Republican, 23,384 (61.43); Alfredo Sanchez, Democrat, 14,679 (38.57).
County clerk — Liz Gonzalez, Republican, 22,431 (59.22); Gina Islas-Mendoza, 15,444 (40.78).
Sheriff — Gary Cutler, Republican, 21,569 (55.73); Tommy Ratliff, Democrat (44.27).
County surveyor — Kelly Kilber, Republican, 22,372 (59.76); Shawn T. Ash, Democrat, 15,066 (40.24).
Precinct 2 Commissioner — Mark Jones, Republican, 6,641 (61.09); Ray Bryant, Democrat, 4,230 (38.91).
Precinct 4 Commissioner — Ray Whisenant, Republican, 7,133 (63.40); Karen Ford, Democrat, 4,118 (36.60).
San Marcos mayor — Daniel Guerrero 3,460 (50.30), John Thomaides 3,419 (49.70).
San Marcos City Council Place 1 — Kim Porterfield 3,250 (52.77), David Newman 2,909 (47.23).
San Marcos City Council Place 2 — Jude Prather 3,006 (51.92), Toby Hooper 2,784 (48.08).
San Marcos City Council Place 6 — Shane Scott 3,205 (54.60), Rodney van Oudekerke 2,665 (45.40).
Lease of City Park property to Lions Club — For 5,987 (83.36 percent), Against 1,195 (16.64).
Internal auditor for city — For 4,039 (60.33), Against 2,656 (39.67).
Edwards Aquifer board, District 11 — Peggy Jones 4,267 (59.19), Mark Taylor 2,942 (40.81).
Annexation of San Marcos CISD to Austin Community College (ACC) district — Against 5,568, For 4,570.
Annexation of Hays CISD to ACC district — For 6,879 (58.45), Against 4,891 (41.55).