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Growth big issue facing 3 candidates for 2 council seats

By Linda Lou

STAFF WRITER

October 2, 2008

SAN MARCOS – Three candidates are running for two seats on the San Marcos City Council, where future development, redevelopment and the outcome of a growth-management initiative are the major issues.

Challenger Dean Nelson is facing incumbents Hal Martin and Rebecca Jones. Martin and Jones have separate campaigns but use the same Web site, martinandjonesforcitycouncil.com; Nelson’s is nelsonforcouncil.com.

Martin, 58, owns a wedding-photography business and is seeking a fourth term.

Jones, 41, who owns a furniture-marketing business with her husband, was appointed last year to the seat vacated by Jim Desmond, who was elected mayor in November 2006.

Nelson, 46, a city planning commissioner and general manager of the Ace Hardware store on Grand Avenue, ran for council in 2006.

DETAILS

City of San Marcos

Operating budget: $60.5 million

Top revenue sources: Sales tax, income from city-owned buildings and land, and property taxes

Population: 82,700

Full-time employees: 234

Election: Two incumbents and one challenger running for two open seats

For years, the city’s budget has been healthy, but sales-tax revenue has been on the decline. San Marcos still plans to complete several parks in the next few years and several major road-improvement projects.

San Marcos has been moving ahead with plans to create a $1 billion downtown area, with housing above stores, offices and parks, along the San Marcos Creek. Much of it would be paid for by private developers.

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