Advocacy & Voter info

Business Advocacy Portal

Chamber members are welcome to use this online form to alert us to your business concerns. Use this streamlined form to provide details. We’ll follow up and leverage our connections and resources to address your issue. Together, we’ll tackle obstacles and champion your business interests. You don’t have to navigate challenges alone!


Advocating for a Thriving Community

Thriving communities don’t just happen. They are the result of planning, collaboration and dedication to partnerships and solutions. The Chamber’s government relations team works year-round to nurture relationships, address our region’s critical issues, and advocate for a healthy business environment – all so the collective voice of our business community is heard. This allows you to focus on your business, while we focus on ensuring a thriving marketplace where you can prosper.

The Chamber’s 2024 Government Relations Council (GRC) consists of Cassidy Berenato-Chair, Brooke Damron, Jo Anna Gilland, David Case, Laura Dupont, Keely Hennig, Thomas Curtis, Justin Payne, Josh Paselk, Lee Colon and Kevin Wolf.

To learn more about the GRC, contact Chamber President Page Michel at page@sanmarcostexas.com.


2024 Local Elections Guide

City of San Marcos

For Nov. 2024 Election –
Positions up for Election include Mayor, Place 5 and Place 6.
Election Day: Nov. 5, 2024
First Day to File: July 22, 2024.
Last Day to File: August 19, 2024 (5:00pm)

Six at-large Council Members plus Mayor.

PlaceIncumbentTerm ExpirationTerm Number
MayorJane Hughson20243
Place 1Matthew Mendoza20251
Place 2Saul Gonzales20253
Place 3Alyssa Garza20262
Place 4Shane Scott20262
Place 5Mark Gleason20242
Place 6Jude Prather20241

Council Members: serve a 3-year term. Eligible for three consecutive terms, then ineligible for a period of two years, but able to run for Mayor.
Mayor: serves a 2-year term. Eligible for four consecutive terms, then ineligible for a period of two years.

Hays County

For Nov. 2024 Election –
Positions up for Election include Commissioner Precinct 1 and Commissioner Precinct 3.
Primaries: in March 2024. Election Day: Nov. 5, 2024
First Day to File: September 12, 2023 (primary ballot for precinct chair candidates) & November 11, 2023 (all other candidates and independent candidates)
Last Day to File: Dec. 11, 2023 (6:00pm)

Four Commissioners by Precinct plus County Judge.

PlaceIncumbentTerm Expiration
County JudgeRuben Becerra2026
Precinct 1Debbie Ingalsbe2024
Precinct 2Dr. Michelle Cohen2026
Precinct 3Lon Shell2024
Precinct 4Walt Smith2026

County Commissioners and County Judge: serve four-year terms.