For the first time since completing the city-wide “visioning” process under SA2020, in which thousands of San Antonians named salvaging local public education, renewing our downtown, and improving mass transit as primary community initiatives for the years ahead, local residents are preparing to place a new slate of leaders into office on May 14. With all the council seats up for grabs, a couple district races offer voters wide-open contests with a range of interesting and qualified candidates to choose from (consider District 1), a few present heated grudge matches and candidates of questionable ability (3 and 5), and in one contest the likely strongest candidate wears the political albatross of marijuana legalization around his neck (District 6). While it won’t come up in many debates in the weeks ahead, expect the next council to consider their pay. Political observers have suggested that, as one of the lowest paid councils among large U.S. cities (where members earn $20 per meeting), not only are local working-class and low-income residents strongly discouraged from running, but the temptation to bend the rules to turn public service into a source of personal benefit will be an ongoing problem.
We've compiled bios, endorsements, websites, Q & A's (as we get them in) and more on all the candidates for each district and the mayoral race. Click on your district below: