Ruben Becerra speaks with supporters at his election night watch party Nov. 8.[/caption]
With all precincts reporting, John Thomaides and Ruben Becerra will go to a runoff in the race for San Marcos mayor.
Becerra received 4,231 votes, or 34.5 percent of the total, and Thomaides received 3,903 votes or 31.82 percent of the total.
Sam Brannon received 19.81 percent of the, or 2,430 votes. Jacob Montoya received 1,264 votes, or 10.31 percent of the total. Cherif Gacis received 436 votes, or 3.56 percent of the total.
Posted Nov. 8 at 9:45 p.m.
With 14 of 19 precincts reporting, John Thomaides and Ruben Becerra will head to a runoff election. Becerra has received 3,626 votes, or 33.56 percent of the total, and Thomaides has received 3,559 votes, or 32.94 percent of the total. Election Day ballots provided a surge for Becerra, who had trailed the race by a full percentage point after early voting ballots were counted.
Becerra said he is encouraged by the results.
"People are ready to turn the page to new and fresh leadership," Becerra said. "The old guard is done."
Thomaides said he is thankful for the volunteers who helped run his campaign, and he said he is optimistic about the runoff.
John Thomaides celebrates with supporters at his election night watch party Nov. 8.[/caption]
"Our goal is to maintain the same level of intensity through December 13 and to get everybody that voted for me, or as many as we can back to the polls," Thomaides said. "I think we have a pretty good idea about how to do that. I’ve been in a runoff before and I’ve won one. I know how to win."
Election results indicate San Marcos mayor race headed to runoff between Thomaides and Becerra
Posted Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
Ruben Becerra has been watching the results from Gil's Broiler with family and friends. He took to Twitter to thank the community for its support.
— Ruben Becerra (@rubenbecerrasr) November 9, 2016
Thomaides has been watching the results at the Railyard Bar & Grill.
Posted at 9:08 p.m.
With 7 of 19 precincts reporting, Ruben Becerra and John Thomaides appear headed toward a runoff. Thomaides has received 3,222 votes, or 34.07 percent of the total. Becerra has received 3,123 votes, or 33.02 percent of the total. Sam Brannon has received 1,835 votes, for 19.40 percent of the total, and Jacob Montoya has received 929 votes or 9.82 percent of the total. Cherif Gacis has received 348 votes or 3.68 percent of the total.
Early returns: Thomaides, Becerra nearly even in San Marcos mayor race
Posted at 8 p.m.
San Marcos mayoral candidate John Thomaides is leading early voting returns with 2,917 total votes, or 34.77 percent of the total. Small-business owner Ruben Becerra has received the second-most votes with 2,800 total, representing 33.38 percent of the total. Sam Brannon has received 1,559 votes, for 18.58 percent; Jacob Montoya has received 806 votes, for 9.61 percent; and Cherif Gacis has received 307 votes, for 3.66 percent of the total.
Thomaides said he is proud of the campaign he has run so far.
“I think certainly a runoff is what we expected all along,” Thomaides said. “With five candidates that’s what you expect. We’ve run a good campaign so far. The results indicate we have to continue on this pace for a victory in December.”
Becerra said he believes his experience raising a family, owning a business and being involved in the San Marcos community makes him the most qualified candidate.
“I’m grateful that we’ve been able to share our message of new direction,” he said. “A fresh perspective with a whole different skill set to help bring our community.”
If no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the total votes, the race will go to runoff between the two candidates with the highest vote totals.
All results are unofficial until canvassed.
Some San Marcos mayoral candidates continue push at polls on Election Day
Posted Nov. 8 at 5:03 p.m.
Polls opened today at 7 a.m. and Election Day voting will continue until 7 p.m.
San Marcos mayoral candidate John Thomaides visited a polling site at the Hays County Health Department today. He was joined by supporters of Susan Narvaiz, who is running against incumbent Lloyd Doggett for U.S. Congress, and for Saul Medrano, who is running for constable.[/caption]
San Marcos mayoral candidates Sam Brannon, Ruben Becerra and John Thomaides are continuing their push for the San Marcos mayor's seat by going to the polls today.
Thomaides, who has 13 years experience on City Council, said he planned to continue visiting polls throughout the city. He is slated to host an election night watch party at The Railyard Bar & Grill.
Becerra, who owns Gil's Broiler and Dixie Cream Donuts, has spent Election Day campaigning with his family.
— Ruben Becerra (@rubenbecerrasr) November 8, 2016
Becerra will host an election night watch party at Gil's Broiler in downtown San Marcos. The party will feature free food from Gil's and catering from Chipotle.
San Marcos mayoral candidate Sam Brannon said he has supporters at polling sites throughout the county.[/caption]
Sam Brannon said he intends to continue visiting polling sites throughout the day.
Brannon said he plans to host a watch party at Rogelio's in San Marcos.
Jacob Montoya and Cherif Gacis are also running for San Marcos mayor.