Last night’s election results revealed Scott Gregson won city council elections for place 5, while Melissa Derrick won for place 6. Both candidates held their watch parties together.
Gregson described the win as a “resounding” one for both him and Melissa Derrick.
“I’m hopeful the voters of San Marcos will ultimately be pleased with this election,” Gregson said.
Gregson said over the past five years, San Marcos residents have seen major projects being placed inside of established family neighborhoods. During this process, Gregson said residents saw the quality of life reduce and people’s property values impacted. As a result, San Marcos citizens developed a “comprehensive master plan” for the future growth of San Marcos. Gregson said he believes this is the type of thing residents spoke out against.
“I spoke of making sure we stick with that plan as we go forward, I want to see a prosperous San Marcos” Gregson said. “Let’s just make sure that as a community, we agree on where that growth is going to occur.”
Derrick said she ran the race for all of San Marcos and not for a self-serving agenda. She said she is aware of voters being concerned about her stance on protecting the environment, however, there is no denying now her group is the majority.
“I would like students to consider we’re all collateral damage when student housing is placed in neighborhoods,” Derrick said.
She said making noise is in a college student’s nature. When neighborhoods hear noise, they call the cops. When cops are called, the student’s career is “over.”
Derrick said she also plans to offer jobs to students who are graduating Texas State to create the middle class San Marcos does not currently have.
“We need to place things more responsibly in the city,” Derrick said. “I want to make sure we plan growth responsibly.”
Derrick said voters kept in mind future development, especially considering the recent floods at the Woods apartment this past weekend.
“I’d like to see an end to that,” Derrick said. “[I want to see] more development centered around citizens and students.”
Gregson said he is very honored to serve a community that he loves so much. Derrick said she would like to thank everybody who voted for her and put their trust in her to make things right, as she promises to do just that.