San Marcos city council member Kim Porterfield told supporters over the weekend that she will not seek a third term in the November municipal election.
In an March 30 email, Porterfield said she wants to “spend the remainder of my term working on important issues for our city, such as the comprehensive master plan, the city budget and, especially, the Youth Master Plan.”
Porterfield, 52, is considered a possible candidate for mayor in 2014 and her apparent decision to bow out of this year’s race could point to that eventuality. Had she been re-elected this year, she would have had to quit her seat in a matter of months to run for mayor. State law requires officeholders with more than a year left in their term to resign before seeking a higher office.
Here is the text of Porterfield’s statement:
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“It has been a great honor to represent the citizens of San Marcos and I am proud to have been part of a team that has moved San Marcos forward,” she said. “I’m grateful to have been involved in the progress San Marcos has experienced.”
A long-time advocate for youth and education in San Marcos, Porterfield said she preferred to make her announcement now so that she could focus her energy on important city projects, including the comprehensive master plan, the 2013-2014 city budget and her pet project, the San Marcos Youth Master Plan.
“I am excited about the momentum of the Youth Master Plan that will help us improve outcomes for our most vulnerable citizens, youth and families,” said Porterfield. “We have much to accomplish in the coming months and I want to be free to work on these projects,” she said. “I love serving on the council, and after six years, it will be time for me to focus more on my family and my career.”
During her two-term tenure, Porterfield was elected by her council peers to terms as Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem and was the council’s representative to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Board and general assembly representative to the Capital Area Council of Governments.
She also serves as an executive board member and the finance committee chairperson of the Lone Star Rail District, a regional group focused on moving freight rail lines to the east and bringing passenger rail to the Austin-San Antonio corridor.
She currently serves on the board of the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency, a regional consortium of local governments and water supply companies that are securing long-term water supply alternatives for the rapidly-growing region.
For three years, Porterfield has been a member of the Council on Youth, Education and Families of the National League of Cities. “Developing our community’s youth voice and focusing attention on the relationship among strong families, schools, economic development and citizen prosperity has been very rewarding for me personally.”
She is also the council representative to the Capital Area Rural Transportation Board and served as the chair of the regional urban transit board, which recently spearheaded the creation of the local urbanized transit area to improve public transportation in the community.
Porterfield moved to San Marcos in 1979, to attend Texas State University, where she studied journalism. She has more than 30 years of experience working with San Marcos schools, non-profit agencies and other community organizations. Among her honors and achievements are her induction into the San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame in 2004, Texas State Employee of the Year in 2002, United Way of Hays County Volunteer of the Year for 2003, and Leadership San Marcos Class of 2002.
Porterfield was hired by Texas State University in 2001, and is currently the director of Community Relations, where she oversees local higher education awareness programs, Discover Texas State, student service opportunities, Pack It Up and Pass It On, and other community/university partnerships. Prior to joining Texas State, Porterfield was the Community Liaison for San Marcos CISD for eight years after starting her San Marcos career as a reporter and photographer for the San Marcos Daily Record.
Her community service is extensive. She currently chairs the board of directors of the United Way of Hays County, a volunteer board she has served on for more than 20 years. She is also a director on the board of the San Marcos Education Foundation, where she served a term as president. Porterfield served a term on the board of directors of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, where she chaired the Education Committee for two years.
Porterfield is a member of the San Marcos League of Women Voters, several parent teacher organizations, and the San Marcos High School Tennis Booster Club.
A member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Porterfield and her husband, Winton, have two daughters – Carlie, a freshman at Texas State, and Sara Jo, a junior at San Marcos High School.