Thom Prentice, candidate for Place 2 on the San Marcos City Council, sat down with The University Star to discuss his former campaigns for a San Marcos government position and his plans for this year’s race.
TT: What made you want to run for city council?
TP: Well, I ran last year, and I’m running this year for council. I didn’t run against Mayor Guerrero last year and I’m not running against Jude Prather this year. I’m running to raise the issues that have not been raised, and one of those is democracy.
Democracy is comatose in the United States and I’m sorry to find that it’s a comatose ‘verboten’ word, the word not mentioned in the 2012 elections at all by anybody, and that’s capitalism. We need to talk about capitalism. You know, this growth and development is capitalist. The tentacles of Wall Street slither all the way here in San Marcos and are actually pushing growth that is not good for the neighborhoods. It’s making San Marcos into a bedroom community like Kyle or Buda, and I ask, “Do we want to be that way?”
TT: You’re running against an incumbent Jude Prather, and Mason Murphy, who has never held office here. How do you think that has affected your campaign and how do you think this will affect the election?
TP: I have great respect for councilmember Jude Prather who I find to be a thoughtful councilmember, and I have great respect for Mason Murphy who does such excellent work here at Texas State to counsel students with respect to careers. I think Mason Murphy has already, by his presence at city council and other places, certainly served the public interest. Mr. Prather has certainly served. So, I am not running against them. I am just simply running for council.
TT: You mentioned that you ran for mayor last year. Do you think that has affected your campaign for Place 2?
TP: I have no way of knowing because this year and last year I am running on less than $500 (for my campaign). In fact, so far I have spent $38 this year. I am not doing polling. I am not block-walking. I am not doing phone banking. I don’t have signs polluting the urban atmosphere and the suburban atmosphere. I am not doing a conventional campaign. This is an unconventional campaign to raise awkward issues, to ask awkward and inconvenient questions and to try and get people to think more broadly.
TT: You’ve been very vocal in city government and there have been some instances where you’ve been removed from meetings. How do you feel about that, and how do you that think voters will feel about it?
TP: Well, I don’t know what the voters will feel, but I will tell you that a lot more of people recognize me at the H-E-B than they did before.
For the entire uncut interview, listen to The University Star’s “Spotlight Series” podcast featuring Thom Prentice at universitystar.com.