San Mar­cos mayor de­cides not to run for a fourth term

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Pa­trick Ge­orge

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.

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