By Daniel Richter
Web Content Contributor
A recent petition has caught fire in San Marcos’s neighboring city, Dripping Springs, to rename the city ‘Pound Town.’
The petition is to rename the town after one of the founding families of Dripping Springs, the Pounds. Dr. Joseph Pound was actually the first doctor in Hays County.
A Texas State alum, Daniel McCarthy, has led the petition, which has gone on to receive lots of local news coverage and even national coverage. I was able to ask McCarthy serval questions about the movement he started.
Daniel Richter: Do you currently live in Dripping Springs? If yes, how long have you lived there?
Daniel McCarty: I work near there, came in 1994 as a first grader and graduated from Dripping Springs High School in Dec. 2005.
DR: How did this movement get on its feet and where did the inspirations for Pound Town come from? Has this been a vision for a while or a recent idea that caught fire?
DM: This was a fun idea that some friends and I would bat around every year during Founder’s Day for the last few years. At first it was just a T-shirt idea, but this year we thought bigger. We live in a world where a reality TV host can campaign, primarily to boost his own brand, and with the help of internet trolls win the highest office in the land. The thought occurred to us, “Why not Pound Town?” And for the same reasons a philandering, misogynistic, slumlord’s heir and serial bankruptcy claimant succeeded, we succeeded: people jumped on the opportunity to be enraged and inflammatory instead of having a clear-eyed approach to reality. Any press is good press, as they say, and the rest is history.
DR: Have you been surprised with the amount of support your caused has received? What has been the most surprising?
DM: Absolutely we were surprised! The large donation from Jesse James of West Coast Choppers who lives in Pound Town, and the fact that we got on the evening news within the first 10 hours of the campaign are tied for most surreal.
DR: You told me that you ran for the mayor of San Marcos back when you were 20? What made you want to pursue local politics at such a young age and continue to be involved in local politics?
DM: In 2008 it looked like the sitting mayor would be running unopposed for the second time in a row. I thought it would be better if she had an opponent and, not knowing that another gentleman had entered the race, I threw my hat in the ring. I was a political science major so I approached it like a fun extra credit project. I didn’t get anything for it grades-wise, but I do remember Dr. DeSoto was very supportive.
DR: I saw on the Pound Town Twitter feed that the mayor of Dripping Springs contacted your mother about the petition. How did that following conversation with your mom go?
DM: She said he was very gracious, but that City Hall had been getting a bunch of nasty phone calls. Sounded like they were taking it in stride.
DR: Has the mayor or anyone else in the Dripping Springs government reached out to you?
DM: No, but I dropped by City Hall on Tuesday and they were lovely, as always.
DR: What about this journey to Pound Town has been the most difficult and what has been the most enjoyable?
DM: The most difficult is wrapping my head around how angry people got, and how many believed that the change was imminent simply because of a Facebook page. I’d say laughing at their misplaced indignation has also been the most enjoyable part. I hope they’ll channel it into something productive and raise some money for charity like we did.
For more information visit www.poundtowntx.com.
Featured image by Daniel Richter.