By Eryka Villarreal
Mike Davis is seeking election for an opportunity to represent the San Marcos City Council. Davis has served in several capacities on city boards, commissions and the planning and zoning commission for 11 years, two terms as chair and one as vice-chair during a time when he said San Marcos experienced some of the strongest and smartest growth in its history.
Davis said he’s not a politician and doesn’t look at the city council as a lifetime position. He acknowledged his opponent and what he has done for the city for more than a decade, but believes that the city council was created to be and continues to be a volunteer position and another qualified candidate should have a chance to make a difference.
“I think it’ll be relatively easy for me,” said Davis. “Business sense, common sense, the ability to run a successful business and transfer those ideas to running a successful city like it should be done as a business.”
San Marcos is known for the river that has brought students together with the community. Preserving the San Marcos environment is vital to the community and Davis said the city has many entities that are protecting the San Marcos River.
Developmental agreements within the city, whether it’s factories, businesses, homes, etc., need to be taken on an individual basis, Davis said.
He also said we should abide by the rules that have been set for where certain businesses, homes and apartments should be located.
Businesses are growing in San Marcos and Davis said that it’s out of the city’s control on how to balance a large or small business.
“We cannot control if we get large or small,” he said. “The businesses will come to San Marcos. The city council’s job is not to hinder the development of businesses that are desirable for this city.”
Texas State and San Marcos have been working together, and Davis said a lot of students would love to stay here but don’t have anywhere to work. He wants to provide more opportunities for alumni to start businesses in the city and entice new businesses to come here.
“I’m very pro-students,” he said. “I don’t think we’re doing everything we can to keep our best students here to make this a great community. I’d like to see San Marcos be a better place than it is today. I’d like to see the cost of living index go down.”
Davis said he’s only running for city council because he wants to make it a better place for everyone, a better place to live, and wants to be that person to get the ball rolling.