By Marissa Parks
2014 Election Profiles – Wayne Becak
Wayne Becak, Place 4 incumbent, is looking for San Marcos residents to be active in the community by voting. Becak said he hopes to keep his position as a city council member, a position he’s held since 2011.
As a retiree, Becak said he has had the time to hold other positions within the city council, like mayor pro tem, and within the community as chairman of Pioneer Bank’s San Marcos advisory board.
Becak said he’s been able to balance his position as a council member with his personal life. He’s also served on many city committees like audit and finance, affordable housing and three real estate development sub-committees.
“I have children and grandchildren who live here and go to school here,” he said. “I want to see San Marcos grow and prosper in a good way so everyone’s children and grandchildren will have the opportunity to get a good education, have a well-paying job, a nice home and a better quality of life.”
Becak said what separates him from candidate Jane Hughson, who’s also running for Place 4, is that he’s had experience not only in this position, but 40 plus years of banking experience. He said he’s learned a lot about the city and the needs of its residents through his many years of serving on a variety of commissions and boards.
“I have served on the board for Central Texas Medical Center Foundation, United Way Board, Advisory Council for the Finance and Economics Department at Texas State University’s McCoy College of Business, the Hays County Investment Committee, the Economic Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce and as a Rotarian,” he listed.
Becak said he wants to build stronger ties between Texas State and the San Marcos by continuing projects like ACT (Achieving Communities Together) and Bobcat Build. He said there are also students involved in the education, nutrition and physical activities of the Youth Master Plan.
“We are also working with Texas State University in the area of research and economic development, in conjunction with the Greater San Marcos Partnership to include the Star Park and various other departments on campus, to recruit companies with good paying jobs to San Marcos,” he said. “We need to continue with these partnerships and look for other opportunities.”
If re-elected, Becak said he hopes to keep San Marcos growing positively. As downtown looks to remodel and add more business, he said he would still like to see city taxes remain the same, as they have been for the past couple of years.
“As San Marcos grows, I hope to bring new companies that will relocate in San Marcos and meet their housing needs,” he said. “I would like to continue to improve streets and infrastructure in the city as well as improving the parks and trails throughout the community. I hope to improve the overall quality of life here in San Marcos.”
Becak said he wants a community that’s enjoyable for all San Marcos residents and to improve their overall quality of life.