Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Incumbent San Marcos mayor, council member lead opponents - Austin American Statesman

Incumbent San Marcos mayor, council member lead opponents
A nonbinding referendum that would extend alcohol sales was headed toward voter approval.

By Andrea Lorenz
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
"SAN MARCOS — Voters re-elected the incumbent council member and the sitting mayor and approved a nonbinding resolution to extend alcohol sales hours to 2 a.m.

San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz, 50, defeated challengers Dave Newman, 51, and Texas State University student Daniel McCarthy, 20.

Narvaiz, an owner of a human resources consulting company who is seeking a second term, said, "I've been ahead all evening, so it makes me feel good. But I'm going to remain conscious because every vote does count."

Narvaiz won with 50.1 percent of the vote. She needed more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off with Newman.

Newman is a retired pilot who made international headlines when he was arrested after he rescued a man from the San Marcos River; those charges were later dropped. He said as results came in, his campaign was planning a run-off campaign strategy.

"We're holding our breath here to see what our last precincts say," Newman said.

Council Member Chris Jones, 25, won with 55.6 percent of the vote against challenger Lisa Marie Coppoletta, 40, an instructor at Austin Community College.

"I'm glad the citizens are behind me, and now, it's time to do some work," he said."
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