San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson re-elected; Mark Gleason wins City Council seat

Incumbent Mayor Jane Hughson faced challenger Miguel Arredondo while Mark Gleason faced Omar Baca in a special election runoff for City Council. (Heather Demere/Community Impact Newspaper)
Incumbent Mayor Jane Hughson faced challenger Miguel Arredondo while Mark Gleason faced Omar Baca in a special election runoff for City Council. (Heather Demere/Community Impact Newspaper)

Incumbent Mayor Jane Hughson faced challenger Miguel Arredondo while Mark Gleason faced Omar Baca in a special election runoff for City Council. (Heather Demere/Community Impact Newspaper)

Update: Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m

Mayor Jane Hughson won her re-election bid in the Dec. 8 runoff with a landslide victory over challenger Miguel Arredondo. Arredondo also ran for re-election on the San Marcos CISD school board and won that race during the Nov. 3 general election.

Hughson had 65.95% of votes, or 2,411 ballots. Arredondo earned 34.05%, or 1,245 ballots.

In the runoff for San Marcos City Council's Place 5 seat, Mark Gleason beat out Omar Baca.

Baca received 1,595 ballots, and Gleason won with 2,031 ballots, or 56.01% of votes.


Voter turnout for the two San Marcos runoff elections and a mayoral runoff in the city of Kyle was 8.61%, with 5,940 of the 69,014 eligible voters in Hays County casting ballots.

Update: Dec. 8, 9 p.m.

As votes trickled in Tuesday night, the races for mayor and City Council Place 5 positions in San Marcos narrowed slightly, although Mark Gleason and Jane Hughson still enjoyed comfortable leads with the latest update to results.

Hughson, the incumbent mayor, led Miguel Arredondo with 65.95% of votes. Hughson had 2,411 ballots to Miguel Arredondo's 1,245.

Gleason was ahead with 56.01% of votes and had 2,031 ballots to Omar Baca's 1,595 ballots.

Results are updated as of 8:56 p.m. and are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk.

Original story

Incumbent San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson leads in early voting results in the Dec. 8 runoff election against challenger Miguel Arredondo, according to Hays County election results. Mark Gleason leads Omar Baca in the runoff for San Marcos City Council Place 5.

Early turnout results show a voter participation rate of 6.8%. There were 69,014 voters eligible to participate in the San Marcos runoffs and an additional mayoral runoff in the city of Kyle.

During the Nov. 3 election, 71.58% of the 153,614 registered voters in the county went to the polls or mailed in ballots.

San Marcos mayor

Hughson leads with 67.77% of early votes—2,176 ballots—to Arredondo's 32.23%—1,035 ballots.

In the Nov. 3 election, Hughson received 44.74% of the votes—8,946 ballots—to Arredondo's 32.71%—6,540 ballots.

During the general election, Michael Hathaway, Justin Harris and Randy Dethrow split the remaining 4,510 votes in the mayoral race.

San Marcos City Council Place 5

Baca trails in the race for San Marcos City Council Place 5 with 42.39% of early voting results and 1,348 ballots to Gleason's 57.61% and 1,832 ballots.

The current council member, Joca Marquez, resigned earlier this year because of a planned relocation outside the city of San Marcos due to her employment plans, according to her resignation letter.

The special election to fill Marquez's seat for the remainder of her three-year term, which will expire in 2021, was originally scheduled for May 2, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gleason, Baca and Zach Sambrano ran for Marquez's seat in the Nov. 3 election with a near even split of ballots. Gleason received 35.36% of votes, and Baca and Sambrano had 32.58% and 32.06%, respectively.

Results are updated as of 8:02 p.m. and are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk.
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.