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.”
Jason Dalton Montgomery, 40, works in the real estate business. Montgomery received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas State University and an associate’s degree in real estate brokers licensing from Austin Community College. He’s a U.S. Navy combat veteran. He serves on the city’s Industrial Development Corporation and previously served on the Sunset Review Commission.
Ed Mihalkanin, 59, is an associate professor of political science at Texas State University. Mihalkanin received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Bradley University and master’s and doctorate in international relations from American University. He served as City Council member from 1996 to 2000 and 2000 to 2006, including a stint as mayor pro tem from 1999 to 2000. He also serves on the LBJ Museum board of directors.
Brian K. Henderson, 51, is a reverend. Henderson received his bachelor’s degree in labor relations from the University of Illinois at Springfield and his master’s degree in educational administration from Eastern Illinois University. He also has a doctorate of divinity from the St. Luke Evangelical School of Biblical Studies.
Gaylord Bose, 76, is a retired counselor. Bose moved to San Marcos with his family in 1992. He attended the University of Nebraska as well as the University of Houston. He served on the City Council from 2004 to 2010. He has also served on the Transportation Board, Main Street Board, Community Action Inc. and Sunset Advisory Committee.