San Mar­cos Coun­cil Mem­ber John Thomaides says he’ll run for mayor,

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO&STATE -

San Mar­cos City Coun­cil Mem­ber John Thomaides, who has of­ten voted in op­po­si­tion with Mayor Su­san Nar­vaiz, an­nounced Wed­nes­day evening that he will run for mayor in Novem­ber. Thomaides, who owns a wa­ter treat­ment equip­ment com­pany, was first elected in 2003 and re­elected last year.

Of­ten a voice of op­po­si­tion against Nar- vaiz, he voted against the fir­ing of for­mer City Man­ager Rick Men­chaca and has expressed op­po­si­tion to large in­cen­tive deals for out­side de­vel­op­ers in the past.

“We must pro­tect the jobs we have while pre­par­ing for and at­tract­ing the job we need,” Thomaides said in a state­ment. “I be­lieve there is a bal­ance be­tween plan­ning for our fu­ture eco­nomic growth while pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment that makes San Mar­cos a beau­ti­ful place to live.”

Nar­vaiz has not in­di­cated whether she will run for a fourth term. The mayor’s seat, along with that of Place 1 and Place 2 Coun­cil Mem­bers Kim Porter­field and Gay­lord Bose, will be up for grabs. The fil­ing pe­riod for the elec­tion be­gins July 25.

John Thomaides

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