San Marcos City Council elections are quickly approaching. The University Star sat down with Place 6 candidate Shane Scott to discuss his campaign.
Born: December 9, 1966, Kingman, Arizona
Occupation: City councilman, filmmaker, owner of Porsche shop German Elite
Education: B.A. in Criminal Justice from then-called Southwest Texas University
Anna Herod: Where do you call home and why?
Shane Scott: San Marcos. I made San Marcos my home because it is like a balance of everything I like. I raised my daughter here and I was a single dad for a long time. It’s just home.
AH: Why did you decide to run for public office?
SS: I originally was motivated to run for office by the previous mayor, Mayor Susan Narvaiz (San Marcos mayor from May 2004 to November 2010) at the time. And her passion for the city and the community inspired me at the time to go, “You know what, that’s what I need to do.” I saw city council as being an opportunity to do just that. It’s like you’re problem-solving all the time. You’re trying to make decisions for everybody as a whole, and you can’t fall into the popular trend of the day. You have to really understand the long-term impacts that your decisions make. I think that’s critical—independence. I don’t have to do this. I do it because I love the citizens and the community. You don’t need anyone who has an agenda. And basically I think we always need people who are independent that way.
AH: What issue is at the heart of your campaign?
SS: I don’t have any issues. Like I said, some people go into (their campaign) with an agenda. It makes me very sad because my opponents are using the Memorial Day flood as a platform to run for office. Even the independent group that looked at all the details, who said if there were a 100-foot wall (on the construction site of the Woods Apartment Complex) it wouldn’t have mattered because everybody was going to get flooded anyway. Cape’s Camp didn’t flood (the adjacent neighborhoods) because we made sure (the apartments) were higher and out of the flood plain. If you want to blame somebody (for the flood) then blame God. Because there was a 40-foot wall of water that came down, and no one was safe.
AH: What are your thoughts on the amount of development San Marcos has seen in the past years?
SS: I’m all about the growth—we need it. The problem is (students) didn’t have a place to stay, so we need the growth to have places like the Retreat and the Woods and all these other places that are fun. Probably 50,000 (students will go to Texas State) in the next couple years, so yeah, we have to grow. I voted for Amazon. My opponent doesn’t want the council to give (corporations) deals to move here. Are you out of your mind? There’s no traditional loaning mechanisms anymore. Banks will not take a chance on anybody. Municipalities are the funding agents at this point. We have to have smart people who understand business to make those deals, which I do. Make sure we don’t lose money. We don’t make any deals where we lose money. We may not make as much on the front end, but I guarantee on the back end we do. You have to incentivize and make (businesses) want to come, and with those it will make the students want to stay.
AH: Do you feel the city has handled economic growth well?
SS: Back in the ‘80s there was this big push to do exactly what’s starting to happen now with Amazon (coming to San Marcos) and stuff like that, and H-E-B and all these other companies started coming. And then that group got into power and shut it down and growth stopped. Now we’re back at it again going back (toward growth), and this time we’re going to fight for it. So has it been handled well in the past? No. It’s been stifled by special interest groups. (Economic growth) is going back up and I’m going to fight like hell to keep it going. We’re not going to go backwards by voting for two people that are against it. Don’t vote for (Scott) Gregson. Don’t vote for Melissa (Derrick). Because you’re going to go backwards. I’m here to fight and continue growth and not let it get stopped this time by those same special interest groups.
AH: In regard to the never-ending drought, what role should the city play in regulating water consumption?
SS: I think we’re a little bit too restrictive. I don’t think we should use the aquifer as our means to regulate the water because we don’t get our water from the aquifer. We get it from Lake Dunlap. So there’s a problem there, and that hasn’t been worked out yet. (City council) has looked at it a couple different times with no real result. But I think we have to be conservative, and we need to have things that work better with this environment—just in case. I think as mankind is evolving, we are getting way smarter in that regard and understanding our impacts on the planet. We’ve already taken care of our water for the next 50 years. The city’s always been proactive on that. As for as the drought, we’re probably going on the other side of it now. You’ll see things get wetter and probably hear less about water issues. But we have all the mechanisms in place to protect us from the drought.
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