John Thomaides wins San Marcos mayoral runoff election

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — San Marcos Mayor-elect John Thomaides beat his opponent by just 42 votes Tuesday.

The final tally was 1,727 votes for Thomaides and 1,685 votes for Ruben Becerra, for a total of 3,412 votes cast.

On Wednesday morning, Becerra took to social media to say he’s calling for a recount. In a Facebook post, Becerra says “in the last several weeks, my wife and children have been attacked both publicly and privately by my opponent.” An official response is expected in the next 72 hours.

The canvass of runoff will be Dec. 21 at the San Marcos City Council Chambers, 630 E. Hopkins, at 6 p.m.

In an interview with KXAN’s Lauren Lanmon last week, Thomaides said his focus will be on managing the city’s growth and protecting neighborhoods.

“The explosive growth that has been happening, it’s been happening for four or five years, we’re all feeling the effects of it with traffic, congestion and housing and the river. The core values that I am going to bring is protecting the neighborhoods, making sure the river is clean and healthy, making sure that that growth is done in a smart way so that it improves the lives of our citizens, but doesn’t harm the things we really care about,” he said.

Thomaides opposes one of the most controversial topics in San Marcos: the construction of the Woods Apartments, which were determined to have intensified last year’s flooding. He voted in favor of the development of a third HEB grocery store at the corner of Hunter Road and Wonder World Drive, something his opponent was against.

In the race for two San Marcos city council seats, Saul Gonzales won in a significant margin over Shane Scott in place 2 (2,275 votes to 1,058 or 68 to 32 percent). In place 3, Ed Mihalkanin beat Jason Dalton Montgomery with an almost identical margin, 2,167 to 1,023 or 67.9 to 32.1 percent).

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