Election Day 2020: Hughson and Arredondo set for runoff in San Marcos mayoral race

Incumbent Mayor Jane Hughson will face Juan Miguel Arredondo in December runoff. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Incumbent Mayor Jane Hughson will face Juan Miguel Arredondo in December runoff. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Incumbent Mayor Jane Hughson will face Juan Miguel Arredondo in December runoff. (Community Impact Newspaper)

UPDATE: 9:40 a.m., Nov. 4

The race for the next mayor of San Marcos will continue in a December runoff with challenger Juan Miguel Arredondo facing incumbent Jane Hughson.

Neither Hughson or Arredondo received more than 50% of the vote, but they received the most ballots of the five candidates in the race. Hughson received 8,902 votes—44.75%—and Arredondo had 6,502—32.69%.

The runoff is tentatively set for Dec. 1, but the date is not official yet, according to a spokesperson for the city of San Marcos.

City Council's Place 5 position will also go to a runoff between Mark Gleason and Omar Baca.


Results are updated as of 9:40 a.m. Nov. 4 and are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk. Under Texas election law, the clerk accepts and counts mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 4, if they were sent from inside the U.S., or Nov. 9 if they were sent from outside the U.S.

Visit the Community Impact Newspaper elections page to see results from all local elections in your community.

UPDATE: 10:55 p.m.

Jane Hughson won her bid for reelection with 44.75% of the vote and 8,902 ballots in the mayoral race in San Marcos. Juan Miguel Arredondo trailed with 32.69% of votes and 6,502 ballots.

Michael Hathaway received 9.49% of votes, followed by Justin Harris and Randy Dethrow with 8.82% and 4.25%, respectively.

Results are updated as of 10:42 p.m. and are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk. Under Texas election law, the clerk accepts and counts mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 4, if they were sent from inside the U.S., or Nov. 9 if they were sent from outside the U.S.

Visit the Community Impact Newspaper elections page to see results from all local elections in your community.

Original story: 7:30 p.m.

The first return of unofficial early voting totals Nov. 3 from Hays County show Jane Hughson with an early lead in the race for San Marcos mayor.

Hughson leads Juan Miguel Arredondo with a 46.48% share of all early votes. Arredondo has 31.73%. Michael Hathaway follows with 9.11%; Justin Harris has 8.56%; Randy Dethrow has 4.12%.

More than 98,000 county residents cast ballots by mail or during in-person early voting, which accounts for 64.24% of 152,840 registered voters in the county.

Results are updated as of 7:25 p.m. and are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk. Under Texas election law, the clerk accepts and counts mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 4, if they were sent from inside the U.S., or Nov. 9 if they were sent from outside the U.S.
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.


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