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October 3rd, 2011
City council candidates will debate next week


Candidates for two city council seats will participate in a debate next week sponsored by the San Marcos Area League of Women Voters.

The LWV debate, free open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 East Hopkins Street.

League member Brenda Smith will moderate the debate. Candidates for Place 3 include Nicholas Cubides, Toby Hooper, Terry Nichols, and John Thomaides. Candidates for Place 4 include Wayne Becak and incumbent Chris Jones.
City council members are elected at-large — each person does not represent a district, but the entire citizenry.

The fall edition of the local League’s voters guide will focus on the city council candidates listed on the Nov. 8 ballot. The guide will be published in local newspapers and be available on LWV’s website. LWV guides for state and local elections will be distributed at the Oct. 17 debate.

Early voting is Oct. 24-Nov. 4. The last day to apply for a ballot by mail with the county elections
administrator is Nov. 1 (this is not a postmark deadline — the county must receive the application by this date).

Debates and publication of the LWV’s voters guide is one of the organization’s primary services and voter education projects.

LWV, a non-partisan organization whose membership is open to men and women, promotes representative government and constitutional rights.

“…democratic government depends upon the informed and active participation of its citizens and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible,” states one of LWV’s core principles.

For more information on the debate or other LWV voter services, contact
LWV Voters Services Chair Grace Melcher-Neal at (512) 878-0657 or email LWV at

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