San Marcos mayor decides not to run for a fourth term
SAN MARCOS — After months of speculation among Hays County politicos, San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz announced Wednesday that she will not run for a fourth term in office, leaving the field of mayoral candidates at three with more than three weeks left to file for the November election.
“After months of thought and prayer, I have decided not to seek another term as Mayor of San Marcos,” Narvaiz said in a statement. “I am incredibly grateful for the support of our community, the dedication of city staff, the hard work by the city council and the great achievements of the past eight and a half years of my service to the city.”
For several months, Narvaiz avoided discussing whether she would run again. Narvaiz said Wednesday that she and her husband had long prayed over whether she should run again and reached a decision in March. She said she waited to make a public announcement because she had supporters she wanted to thank personally.
She also said she’s not looking forward to
her next move until her tenure as mayor is over.
“I still have a job to complete,” she said.
Narvaiz also declined to comment on any possible endorsements for her seat.
Left in the running are Council Member John Thomaides, who frequently voted in opposition to Narvaiz, and Daniel Guerrero, a former City Council member who filled Narvaiz’s council seat when she was elected mayor. Daniel McCarthy, a Texas State University student, is also running. The filing period ends Aug. 24.
“I respect the mayor’s decision,” Guerrero said. “Even in business and community service, she’s been a strong supporter of San Marcos for many years.”
McCarthy said he hopes Narvaiz’ decision means less money will be injected into the race.
“It really levels the playing field,” he said.
According to the latest campaign finance reports filed earlier this month, Narvaiz currently has $62.65 in her campaign war chest. She reported total campaign contributions of $15,750 between Jan. 1 and June 30 but spent $19,757. The reports show she spent the money on expenses related to public appearances and donations to charitable causes and organizations.
Thomaides said his outlook on the race remain the same.
“I thank the mayor for her service and I wish her well, but the issues of the election have not changed,” he said. “I’m still running for mayor to fight against wasteful spending and to protect the jobs we have while preparing for and attracting the jobs we need.”
Narvaiz was elected to the council in 2002 and won the mayor’s seat in 2004. The third female mayor in San Marcos history and one of two mayors since the 1960s to serve three terms, she won a slew of awards during her tenure. She was one of five women in the country honored by the National League of Cities for the Women in Municipal Government Leadership Award.
Narvaiz presided over a decade of tremendous growth in San Marcos. In her statement, she said she was extremely proud of the construction of the Embassy Suites Hotel and City of San Marcos Conference Center. Narvaiz also mentioned the expansion of the outlet malls and partnerships with Texas State University and the federal government.
Susan Narvaiz won many awards during her tenure.