Incumbent mayor, challenger clash over San Marcos' future
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With just over a month before Election Day, voters in San Marcos are considering their choices for mayor.
For most of Mayor Daniel Guerrero's term, San Marcos’ future has been debated and discussed.
"The plan that we're currently working off right now was adopted when I graduated from high school sometime back,” Mayor Guerrero said. “So to have that adopted by the community and implemented by the city government, I feel that's something that's really going to take this community into the next generations to come."
All that discussion has led to a plan that's set to be approved in the coming months. Guerrero says it lays out what residents want to see from their leaders in the future.
"Our housing development, environmental protection, making sure we're making the most of and protecting our natural resources and ensuring that people have a place to be, whether it's for work for educational purposes or recreation," he said.
Thom Prentice, the mayor's opponent, says he wants potential changes to wait until after the master plan is finalized.
"One thing I would like to do is have a moratorium on any zoning changes and development that would alter the master plan before it's even finished," Prentice said.
He says when it comes to future growth and development, residents need to be more involved in the process.
"We need to have more conversations and more information and certainly not accept development as inevitable,” Prentice said. “It needs to be planned"
Guerrero says he will continue to have an open door policy for residents who wish to discuss issues before and after the election.
"I do my best to make myself as available as possible,” the mayor said. “I want to make sure that somebody that's casting that vote that's so important to our responsibility of being a citizen, that they do so with the best information and that they do so with a chance to get to know me specifically."
Prentice says he's running to ask the questions no one is talking about.
That includes everything from global warming to how the city can help those in need.
"What are we going to do about the 38 percent of people in San Marcos who are under the poverty level? What are we going to do about the unemployed and the people in San Marcos who are underwater in their home mortgages?" he said.
Voters have until Tuesday to register and early voting begins Oct. 22.