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Last Week of Voting: What it's like being on the campaign trail

Hello, y'all!

It has been some kind of election season, this year!

Myself and Jude Prather have been vying for Place 6 on the San Marcos City Council now for about 4 months. It has been a fruitful and amazing journey, getting back out there and in contact with y'all, the voters, to see what is on your mind this year.

For me, this is my 3rd campaign in 4 years! That is a lot, y'all, and I have to admit, I'm a bit worn down by all of the excitement and constant wondering what is going to happen next, where do I have to go, who do I have to talk to, what do I have to do to make sure that I've dotted all of my i's and crossed all of my t's.

Campaigning is no joke! It is not easy being out there like this all the time. If you've never done it before, you may not understand what it takes to engage your community this way. There can be as much to it or as little to it as you choose, honestly.

If you just put your name on the ballot, that can actually be the whole of your campaign. Or, you can go all in, like I have, this year. I have a big team of folks, about 7-10, who are working different areas of the campaign. I have folks who plan out events for me, others who put up the signs, still others who design flyers and door hangers. I've got folks who work the campus and others who are behind the scenes, influencing people they know all across town.

As you can see, it takes a lot. For me, as the candidate, I have to be prepared for the debates, for the questionnaires that different organizations send for me to respond to, and for your questions in HEB or at some happening in City Park or for when you see me around somewhere in town, enjoying our beautiful town and its many artistic and musical events. That requires a lot of study from me of current events, things going on in the City Council as well as employing my extensive knowledge of urban and environmental geography to the specific circumstances of our city and its current situation.

I feel blessed to have been called by my fellow citizens to run for city council to represent the interests of our town. I feel honored and humbled by their trust in my judgement. This was never something I sought out for myself, serving politically was never a goal of mine. I have a sister deeply into politics and this was always her purview. But, after serving on the Ethics Review Commission from 2016-18, the call to serve on City Council grew stronger and I was approached by multiple individuals and groups.

So here I am, here to serve you, San Marcos. If I am returned to the Dais to serve your interests, I will be a servant of the city and have its highest interests in mind and heart. My voting record speaks for itself. To serve the City of San Marcos (COSM) again at the highest levels will be my honor and privilege.

Thank you for your consideration.

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