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Updated: Jones files for re-election; Becak preps to run against him


UPDATED 4:07 p.m. AUG. 9: As expected, San Marcos City Council Place 4 member Chris Jones filed today to run for a third term. Former longtime Balcones and Broadway bank executive Wayne Becak has picked up filing material from the city clerk’s office and is expected to file for Place 4 against Jones; as of 4 p.m., he had not filed for the position.

Texas State University senior Nicholas Cubides also filed for the Place 3 seat, joining healthcare administrator Toby Hooper and retired police Cmdr. Terry Nichols in that race.



Toby Hooper, who works as a contract negotiator for Seton Family of Hospital, says he has filed to run for San Marcos City Council Place 3, the second candidate to file in a race that has already drawn a third announced candidate.



Kicking off an unusually early start to the local campaign season, Hooper announced his intention to run in May for the seat currently held by Fred Terry, who is not running again and has endorsed Hooper. In June, retired San Marcos police Cmdr. Terry Nichols also announced his intention to run. The two were joined last week in the race by Nicholas Cubides, a political science and history senior at Texas State University.

As he did in his unsuccessful city council bid last year against Jude Prather, Hooper said in an announcement statement that his work experience as Seton’s network contract administrator would be an asset in municipal government.

“The skill of negotiating and assembling contracts is a perfect fit for the diverse challenges of city government. Before we can execute an agreement I have to bring the parties together, who are often at odds and sometimes angry. Once we have established civil communication then I make it known that we both need each other to survive. At this point we can begin to discuss the cost of ‘the spend’ or the ‘rates of revenue. After that, it is important to maintain a positive relationship because all contracts are renewed, amended or renegotiated and those proceedings are easier if we have committed to the long term; much like a marriage,” Hooper said.

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(The San Marcos Mercury and San Marcos Local News ran excerpts from Nichols’ announcement statement when he announced his intention to run in June. Those articles can be read here and here.)

Hooper is currently vice chair of the city’s Ethics Commission and is a previous chair of the Human Services Advisory Board. He is a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Greater Austin and a former board member for Keep Austin Beautiful and Austin Partners in Education.

A former classroom teacher, Hooper has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in education, both from Tarleton State University.

Hooper said he sees a larger role for city council members than those “prescribed under the Charter and Ordinances.”’

“I want to use my council seat as the ‘bully-pulpit’ for social issues affecting our quality of life and in particular our families, our children and the most vulnerable in our community. I want our young people in this community to know that ‘we’ have expectations for them to succeed and that we adults care about them. This is a not just an esteem builder for the youth but a motivator for our adults who have much to give in the way of positive interactions with our children,” Hooper said.



In a brief announcement statement, Cubides said he has lived in San Marcos for three years and expects to graduate in December.

“San Marcos is a marvelous city that I have grown to love and admire. I am looking to improve the quality of life for each resident using our unique position in the area as a college- and family-friendly city. We need progressive ideas and real-world solutions to fully tap our business potential. I want to revitalize community participation which is necessary to the prosperity of San Marcos. I can be that voice for everyone in order to accomplish these goals,” Cubides said.

Regular city council elections are held in San Marcos every November on the general election day. Council members are elected at large for staggered three-year terms.

As of 1:30 p.m. today, no one had filed to run in Place 4 although incumbent Chris Jones has said he will seek a third term.

CORRECTION: This story originally attributed a quote to Nichols that should have been attributed to Hooper.

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11 Comments To "Updated: Jones files for re-election; Becak preps to run against him"

#1 Comment By Griffin Spell On 08/08/2011 @ 6:51 pm

To help fill in some of the gaps for interested readers, I did a search on Facebook for membership in various groups. These memberships are public record and are available for anyone to view. Mr Hooper’s group affiliations are not publicly available, and are not listed. Only political groups are listed:

Mr. Cubides Facebook page lists membership in various groups, including San Marcos Area Democrats, College Democrats at Texas State, Democratic GAIN, The Roosevelt Institute, and former City Councilman John Thomaides.

Mr. Nichols’s page includes substantially more group memberships, including Bobcats for Kim Porterfield, Daniel Guerrero for Mayor of San Marcos, Greg Abbott, Lloyd Doggett, and San Marcos CONA.

#2 Comment By Charles Sims On 08/08/2011 @ 10:39 pm

Hooper said he sees a larger role for city council member than those “prescribed under the Charter and Ordinances.”’

“I want to use my council seat as the ‘bully-pulpit’ for social issues affecting our quality of life and in particular our families, our children and the most vulnerable in our community.

If elected, please don’t do this. Just follow the charter and fix the pot holes. It is this kind of thinking that has gotten us into the financial mess that we are in from the Federal government to the cities and counties.
Charles Sims

#3 Comment By Amy Kirwin On 08/09/2011 @ 9:07 am

To clarify Griffin’s statement of Mr. Nichols’ group activities: “Mr. Nichols’s page includes substantially more group memberships, including Bobcats for Kim Porterfield, Daniel Guerrero for Mayor of San Marcos, Greg Abbott, Lloyd Doggett, and San Marcos CONA.”

Please remember that a facebook group membership does not mean someone is active in that group. As president of CONA and being active in the organization for over 10 years, Mr. Nichols is NOT an active member, nor attended any monthly CONA meetings to my knowledge.

#4 Comment By HaysCountyKid On 08/09/2011 @ 12:16 pm

Griffin’s Facebook Groups are:

Plum Creek Republican Group, SMTX Saturday Farmer’s Market, John Thomaides, We The People – San Marcos, stop the LVRJ/RIGHTHAVEN witch hunt!, Melissa Goodwin, We Texans, San Marcos TX Locals Only, The Cloud that came over San Marcos, Texas and carried Zeus., Light in the Dark Ministries, tekmix.tv, San Marcos, Texas, San Marcos Area Republican Texans Group, David Cameron, The San Marcos Mercury, Daily Paul, Peter Schiff, Valentino’s Pizza, Dr. Bert Cobb, Stephen Schoppe vs 22 year incumbent Lamar Smith for Congress District 21, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Mike Barre, 3 J’s Cafe, Scott Brown, Rick Green, George Morovich, Republican National Committee, Lew Rockwell, San Marcos River Foundation, Debra Medina, Under The Hood Cafe, Texans for Accountable Government, Conservatives Against Lindsey Graham, Abolish the Dept. of Homeland Security!, Reagan-Goldwater-Paul Republicans, Jack Blood, Lisa Mallory, Rand Paul, San Marcos CONA: Council of Neighborhood Associations, Austrian Economics, The Tenth Amendment, Ludwig von Mises Institute, Gov. Gary E. Johnson, San Marcos Watch – Because it is YOUR dime!, Conservatism, Gun Owners of America, Dr. House, Campaign for Liberty, Hugh Laurie, Thomas Paine, Murray Sabrin, Murray Rothbard, F.A. Hayek, Barry Goldwater, Carl Sagan, William (B.J.) Lawson, Ron Paul, Committee to Elect Jason Isaac, Hays County Food Bank

#5 Comment By Griffin Spell On 08/09/2011 @ 5:20 pm

That looks accurate (I don’t have my Facebook open right now). I don’t hide what I believe or who I support, and I hold candidates for office to that same standard. Although to be fair, I’m unsure how being a fan of Hugh Laurie will effect anything I do politically, stranger things have happened.

#6 Comment By Thanks On 08/09/2011 @ 5:23 pm

Thanks for the clarification, Amy.

Speaking of getting involved, the last post on the CONA Facebook page is from January 11th and it is advertising a meeting that happened on January 13th. I guess if anyone wanted to get involved and “active” in CONA it would be pretty difficult keeping up with your organization via Facebook?

#7 Comment By wow! On 08/09/2011 @ 8:39 pm

You mean CONA is still around? From what I hear its the same John T supporters that attend all the meetings! Now theres a joke organization if I ever heard of one !

#8 Comment By Voter On 08/10/2011 @ 8:33 am

(MR, or Mrs WOW)….Why would you say something like that? How is your statement helpful to the rest of us? You have made yourself look angry at this group and to someone new, have made yourself look bad. Please try not to pass judgement without stating some facts as to what made you feel this way…Thanks

#9 Comment By Central Scrutinizer On 08/10/2011 @ 8:49 am

CONA made a lot of adversaries back during the south San Marcos annexation debacle and those folks have still not let it go.

#10 Comment By Watson On 08/10/2011 @ 9:07 am

Wow- Don’t be a Hater. It’s bad for your health.

#11 Comment By Umm On 08/11/2011 @ 11:06 pm

Dont look much into griffin’s first post. Just because someone likes a page or is in a facebook group does not make them a supporter of the the object.