Filing for a place on the ballot in the Nov. 8 election ended Aug. 22. In the city of San Marcos, voters will fill four positions on City Council, including the mayor’s seat and places 1, 2 and 3. Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 24. For the full early voting schedule, including polling locations, click here. Look for an Election Guide featuring Q&As with each candidate in the October edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Candidate information is according to applications for places on the ballot filed with the city. Asterisks indicate incumbent candidates.

Five candidates have filed for the mayor’s seat. Current Mayor Daniel Guerrero will not seek re-election. 


Ruben Becerra
Occupation: baker
Length of residency in San Marcos: 1 year, 3 months
Sam Brannon
Occupation: self-employed
Length of residency in San Marcos: 6 years, 6 months
Cherif Gacis
Occupation: relationship banker
Length of residency in San Marcos: 18 years
Jacob Montoya
Occupation: self-employed
Length of residency in San Marcos: 1 year, 3 months
John Thomaides
Occupation: small-business owner
Length of residency in San Marcos: 23 years, 6 months

Two candidates have filed for the Place 1 seat.


Rene Compean
Occupation: H-E-B staff
Length of residency in San Marcos: 25 years, 8 months
Lisa Prewitt*
Occupation: landscape designer
Length of residency in San Marcos: 20 years

Four candidates have filed for the Place 2 seat. Jude Prather, who currently holds the Place 2 seat, will not seek re-election. 


Allison Cason
Occupation: waitress at Grin’s
Length of residency in San Marcos: 1 year
Lisa Marie Coppoletta
Occupation: professor
Length of residency in San Marcos: 5 years
Saul Gonzales
Occupation: maintenance engineer
Length of residency in San Marcos: not listed
Shane Scott
Occupation: self-employed
Length of residency in San Marcos: 22 years, 8 months

Four candidates have filed for the Place 3 seat. John Thomaides, who currently holds the Place 3 seat, had to resign the seat in order to run for mayor. Thomaides will serve in the Place 3 seat until after the Nov. 8 election. 


Gaylord Bose
Occupation: retired
Length of residency in San Marcos: 24 years
Brian Henderson
Occupation: fraud investigator
Length of residency in San Marcos: 1 year, 8 months
Ed Mihalkanin
Occupation: teacher
Length of residency in San Marcos: 26 year, ½ month
Jason Montgomery
Occupation: homemaker/real estate
Length of residency in San Marcos: 5 years