The next mayor of San Marcos could be either Tom Martinez or Wendy Davis

Martinez’s resignation sets off scramble for mid-San Fernando Valley seat

Updated March 24 at 10 a.m.

SAN MARCOS, California — The next mayor of San Marcos, California, could be either Tom Martinez or Wendy Davis.

If Martinez resigned on Sunday, then the top job at the city of roughly 1,600 people would go to Wendy Davis, the District Attorney who lost a Senate race last month against Republican Sen. John Thune.

If Davis resigned last week, the mayor would be forced to step down to make room for Davis to get on the ballot, and the top job in the small community could go to Martinez.

San Marcos Mayor Tom Martinez, left, and California Attorney General Jerry Brown attend a meeting of the California State Association of Counties and Municipal Assessors in San Francisco, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2006. In this meeting, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and other dignitaries addressed a crowd of about 200 county officials. Martinez announced in the same meeting that San Marcos will join three other California cities in offering California drivers’ licenses to residents who can prove they’re in the country illegally.

If Martinez resigns, his deputy, Mark Shatto, would take over the top job, and the San Marcos City Council would have to hold an election to replace him. If Davis resigns, Davis would be forced to step down.

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City Council members could, under state law, give Davis the top job with a city-council vote.

The San Marcos City Council would select a replacement mayor with an election later this year, but it’s unclear if such a choice would be needed.

Martinez, a Democrat, was elected to a third term in 2001 by a 2-1 vote, but he said he wants to leave.

“I’m not going to waste my time,

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