Jude Prather won re-election to San Marcos City Council Place 2 Tuesday night. Prather, a veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and a Texas State graduate, was surrounded by family and friends at his watch party at Palmers. The mood at Palmers had a positive vibe. Campaign manager Francesca Wells told me how she felt going into the night.
“We’re doing good here, just waiting to see how the results come in, were staying positive and having a good time.”
Prather addressed the crowd around 8:30 pm.
“Folks thank you all for coming out tonight I know it’s early in the night but I’m ready to call this election!!!”
Prather received 65 percent of the vote and beat out Thom Prentice and Mason Murphy for the place 2 chair. Prather spent election day visiting polling locations with his wife and father campaigning trying to persuade any last second undecided voters . Prather was elected to his first term in 2010 and was not planning on running for re-election until he had a talk to his wife.
“When I got elected i had no intention of running for re-election but my wife always encouraged me along with other people in the community and said, ‘Jude you are a great leader, this is something that you should continue.'”
When Prather ran three years ago his platform was getting back to the basic and during this campaign he went right back to that same platform.
“Three months of campaigning is nothing like three years of governing. When I originally ran for this office I ran on getting back to the basics resources, and infrastructure improvements which are an investment in our future I can gladly say a lot of that is being done today and my goal is to look back in 2016 when this is all said and done and that I left a better San Marcos.”
Prather believes that he ran a clean campaign and also that his opponents ran a clean campaign as well. Also in attendance at the watch party was City Council Place 6 member Shane Scott. Scott spoke about why he was pleased with the voters reelecting Prather.
“He brings a very dedicated heartfelt approach to things Jude doesn’t let anything bother him on a political side of things he stays focused on what is important to people and he puts the people first which is important in this job.”
Prather is looking forward to getting back to work with San Marcos City Council and is looking to improve the infrastructure in San Marcos and continue to grow the city, hopes San Marcos can continue to be a fiscal responsibility city.
Warren Schor, KTSW News