The San Marcos City Council approved a major change to the way council members are elected by moving to a by-district system. After a series of public hearings over several months, which included testimony by a demographer and election law expert, the City Council unanimously approved the new district election process as well as a map of the new districts. The new election process will create four council districts of approximately 8,000 voters, from which a single council member will be elected, giving those within the area more direct representation.

Council members will serve a four-year term with a maximum of three consecutive terms. The mayor will continue to be elected “at-large” by all citizens of San Marcos. The new election process will be phased in beginning November 2018, when representatives from Council Districts 1 and 2 will be elected. In 2020, council members from Districts 3 and 4 will be on the ballot. For more information go to www.san-marcos.net/districting.