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Four views on San Marcos’ top priorities for Place 3 City Council seat


It’s a somewhat crowded field for the Place 3 City Council race in San Marcos, with four candidates vying for the spot.

The race is to fill the remaining year of the term for John Thomaides, who is vacating that seat in order to run for mayor in the Nov. 8 election.

If no one earns more than half of the votes in the Place 3 race, the top two finishers would go to a runoff election.

Still undecided on whom you’ll vote for? Here is a wrap-up of some of their responses from an Oct. 17 forum hosted by the League for Women Voters:

What is the most important issue you will address should you be elected to City Council?

Jason Dalton Montgomery: “My first issue I want to take care of is the floods … San Marcos has not just become a flood zone. It’s been this way … We have had leadership that had their opportunity to deal with this, and they have not. I’m asking you for that opportunity.”

Ed Mihalkanin: “Twenty percent of our residents only make $10,000 a year, the median income is just under $27,000 and 36 percent of our fellow residents are in poverty. We have to deal with these bedrock economic issues.”

Brian K. Henderson: “Flood relief and flood prevention … Second thing is jobs, jobs, jobs.”

Gaylord Bose: “The thing I’ve been noticing is affordable housing is not going to be easy because of the amount of demand for housing in this city. That’s No. 1.”

How should the city fund the expansion of services to meet the needs of San Marcos’ growing population?

Mihalkanin: “It seems to me we have to prioritize the spending the city government does and to see, is there a way we can combine spending and do it more efficiently?”

Henderson: “Let’s look at federal grants and then prioritize our spending. The larger grants at the federal level, I think, that’s what will help us.”

Bose: “Maybe combine the (Texas State) University bus system and our bus system, so we can reach out and reach more and more people.”

Montgomery: “We need to really pressure the university to pay their fair share. Let’s face it. They’re the number one user of our services.”



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