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Juan Miguel Arredondo:

Juan Miguel Arredondo

Juan Miguel Arredondo, candidate for City Council Place 6.Photo courtesy of Juan Miguel Arredondo

Texas State alumnus Juan Miguel Arredondo is running with a platform for increasing affordable housing, managing San Marcos’ growth and creating a business-friendly climate. Arredondo was elected in 2015 as a District 1 trustee to the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees and is also a program coordinator for Texas State’s Center for P-16 Initiatives.

Arredondo said it is important to keep San Marcos affordable for residents and students. He believes a private market is the best way to address affordable housing as opposed to government intervention.

“First thing in office, I plan on asking that City Council have a workshop and a discussion about what we can do to address housing affordability as soon as possible,” Arredondo said. “I think everyone across the board can say rent in San Marcos is outrageous, housing costs are outrageous as well. That is really my number one priority on day one.”

Melissa Derrick:

Melissa Derrick

Melissa Derrick, candidate for City Council Place 6.Photo by Brittlin Richardson

Place 6 incumbent Melissa Derrick is an alumna of Southwest Texas State and the owner of San Marcos Computers. She was elected to her first term in City Council in 2015. Her platform includes supporting small businesses, flood recovery efforts, and affordable housing and transportation.

Derrick has served on the Workforce Housing Committee since December 2015, which is rolling out an initiative with community partners to purchase tax-foreclosed properties and develop affordable housing.

“We haven’t been able to provide the career-based jobs our community needs,” Derrick said. “We really need to support our local businesses to help with our local economy so people who want to stay in San Marcos can make a living.”

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