With all precincts reporting, according to Hays County Elections, San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson has won re-election against challenger John Thomaides, a former San Marcos mayor.
Thomaides declined to comment for this story. Hughson garnered 11,101 votes, or 62.76% of the vote.
"Thank you to the voters of San Marcos. Thank you to those who stood in line for an hour or more to exercise your right to vote on all everything that was on the ballot," Hughson said. "And I just look forward to serving the citizens of San Marcos for another two years."
Hughson said she looks forward to allocating $18 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.
"We've allocated the dollars—we know where it's going—but looking to see how best we're going to help our community, businesses and residents with that funding that we're just so happy to have, and moving forward with COVID[-19] in our rearview mirror," she said.
Saul Gonzales, first elected in 2016, won re-election to his third term on the dais.
"I was just honored to get re-elected. The person I ran against really wasn't negative at all, real positive, and I think that it should be with all the candidates," Gonzales said. "I got 75% of the vote. I was kind of surprised. I didn't expect the 75%, but I'm excited to serve our community [for another] three years."
Updated at 10:35 a.m. Nov. 9
With all precincts reporting according to Hays County Elections, San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson has won re-election against challenger John Thomaides, a former San Marcos mayor.
Hughson garnered 11,101 votes, or 62.76% of the vote.
In the race for City Council Place 1, incumbent Maxfield Baker appears to have lost to challenger Matthew Mendoza by a few hundred votes, 8,160 to Mendoza's 8,866, or 52.07% of the vote.
Mendoza said the race was one of the greatest times of his life.
"I look forward to the next three years not only as a challenge, but to be successful for our city," he said.
Baker said it was "pretty disheartening" that there were about 2,000 undercounts in his race, meaning voters in his district that voted in the election but did not vote for either candidate for Place 1.
"[Mendoza] was supported by two of my colleagues on council Mark Gleason and Jane Hughson. They ran a strong coalition against me, and I definitely didn't make a lot of friends over my last term tried to tackle tough issues like police accountability, like accountability for the Chamber of Commerce and the Greater San Marcos Partnership," Baker said. "They showed up and voted me out."
Incumbent Saul Gonzales held his early lead over challenger Atom Von Arndt for Place 2 with 75.27% of the vote.
Original story posted at 10:28 p.m. Nov. 8
Incumbent Jane Hughson is leading in early results Nov. 8 for mayor of San Marcos ahead of challenger John Thomaides, a former San Marcos mayor.
Early voting and absentee ballots released by Hays County show Hughson with 62.47% of the vote.
Results for City Council Place 1 show Matthew Mendoza ahead of incumbent Council Member Maxfield Baker with 51.67% of the vote.
Incumbent Saul Gonzales is ahead of his challenger Atom Von Arndt with 76.1% of the vote.
Results are unofficial until canvassed. Visit communityimpact.com/voter-guide to see results from all local elections in your community.
This article will be updated as results come in.