Election Q&A: Meet the candidates for San Marcos mayor

Early voting for the November election, when voters will choose candidates for national, state and local positions, begins Oct. 13. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Early voting for the November election, when voters will choose candidates for national, state and local positions, begins Oct. 13. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Early voting for the November election, when voters will choose candidates for national, state and local positions, begins Oct. 13. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)



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San Marcos mayor










Jane Hughson




Occupation: San Marcos Mayor; retired IT professional


Experience: mayor, city council, planning and zoning commission, multiple city boards/commissions. Leadership positions on regional boards and local civic and nonprofit organization boards.






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



JH: My priorities are the same as our City Council has chosen: workforce housing programs through multiple partnerships because the median income in San Marcos is moderate to low for many of our residents. Workforce development to provide training for better jobs with benefits which means residents are closer to renting or purchasing a home at prices available in our community. Multi-modal transportation provided for everyone, including university students and residents. Downtown vitality for shopping and entertainment in the core of our city. Sustainability, for which the city has multiple programs, because it’s the right thing to do for our future.








Juan Miguel Arredondo




Occupation: unemployed. I like many of my neighbors and San Marcos citizens was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and lost my job earlier this year.


Experience: Five years of elected service on the San Marcos CISD board of trustees and countless hours volunteering in the greater San Marcos community.






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



JMA: Now, more than ever, our community deserves new ideas and bold leadership at City Hall. My priorities and motivation to run for mayor are centered on responding to the three crises currently affecting the San Marcos community: the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic shutdown, and solving our housing affordability crisis.








Justin Harris




Occupation: part-time paramedic student; full-time father of three


Experience: United States Marine Corps veteran with two deployments to the Middle East; B.A., M.A., Texas State University; certified firefigher and emergency medical technicians-basic.






What would be your top priorities if you are elected?



JH: Make San Marcos Great Again! Stop the Wuhan virus nonsense. Mask and social distancing requirements are unconstitutional, unnecessary and unacceptable. We should not be forced to leave in a perpetual state of emergency. We need to get back to work, get back to school, and get back to living the good life. Increase funding for the San Marcos Police Department. We need more officers and they need better pay. Address the rise of panhandling and makeshift camps in and around the city. Let’s get these folks off the streets and back in the game.








Michael Hathaway




Candidate did not submit responses by press time.










Randy Dethrow




Candidate did not submit responses by press time.










By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.