San Marcos City Council election results roll in, runoffs to come


According to unofficial election results: Shane Scott and Mark Rockeymoore will compete in a runoff for the San Marcos City Council Place 4 seat.  Jocabed “Joca” Marquez and Rick Henderson will face off in a runoff for the Place 5 council seat. Incumbent Melissa Derrick was voted to represent Place 6.

Place 4

Shane Scott will compete in a runoff election for the Place 4 San Marcos City Council seat against Mark Rockeymoore, as none of the three candidates who ran garnered more than 50 percent of the votes.

Scott, a local business owner who served on the council from 2010-2015 and ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the council in 2016, received 5,330 votes, or 47.06 percent, with all precincts reporting. Mark Rockeymoore, an instructional assistant at San Marcos High School received 34.87 votes, or 30.79 percent of total ballots cast.

Griffin Spell, who previously served on the San Marcos Neighborhood Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission, garnered 2,509 votes, or 22.15 percent.

Place 5

Joca Marquez will run against Rick Henderson in a runoff for  the Place 5 City Council seat, as none of the three candidates in the race won more than 50 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results with all precincts reporting.

Marquez, a Texas State University lecturer, received 5,339 votes, or 43.5 percent, while Texas State University political science senior lecturer Rick Henderson received 4,069 votes, or 33.15 percent. Former San Marcos planning and zoning commissioner Mark Gleason garnered 2,866 votes, or 23.35 percent.

Place 6

Sitting Place 6 City Council member Melissa Derrick won re-election with 6,587 votes, or 52.76 percent of the total ballots cast, according to unofficial election results, with all precincts reporting. Derrick was elected to the council for a three-year term in November 2015.

Derrick’s opponent, Juan Miguel Arredondo, a fifth-generation San Marcos resident serving on the San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees, lost by 690 votes. Arredondo garnered 5,897 votes, or 47.24 percent of the total vote.

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that Joca Marquez is not a doctoral student, she has a doctorate and is a lecturer at Texas State University and Rick Henderson is not a professor at Texas State, he is a senior lecturer.

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Anna Herod
Anna Herod covers local government, education, business and the environment for the San Marcos and Hays County communities. Born and raised in Texas, Anna moved from North Texas to San Marcos in 2014 where she has been covering local news ever since. Her bylines have appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Hays Free Press and The Burleson Star. She is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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