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City Council Election 2011: Isy Perez: A reluctant candidate (District 10)



Nowhere is the age gap between candidates more stark than in the race for District 10, where 19-year-old Isy Perez is competing against 72-year-old Bud Little.

Perez treats his candidacy with a touch more levity than other youthful contenders. After days of trying to schedule a sit-down interview, I was met instead by Perez’s mother for a meeting at a Northside restaurant. She came to apologize that her son was stuck in Kansas City, Missouri, where he studies political science at Rockhurst University.

“I really do think I have ideas that would make this city better,” Perez said over the phone. “It might seem like I’m an idealist, that my ideas are a little radical, but I’m pretty level-headed and I’d like to think I’m a pragmatist.”

However, Perez seems resigned to a loss — and unsure he’d even like to return to San Antonio so soon. “I think that would be a bittersweet thing. I really do love it here `in Kansas City`.”

Though there are two other candidates in the race, Perez expects Little, a veteran WOAI reporter, to take the seat being vacated by John Clamp, who term limits out this year. Still, Perez hopes his candidacy will make people aware of some of the ideas he’s putting forward, which include replacing local property taxes with some type of local Fair Tax and boosting public transit as a way to alleviate drunk driving.

Little, for his part, maintains that his three-decade career covering SA politics makes him a shoe-in for the seat, saying that those years of scrutinizing local leaders have helped him understand the mechanisms of city government. Little, who still speaks with the booming voice of a radio announcer, said, “I think after all those years, I’ve got a good handle on how things work down there. I think I’ve got a good handle on how to make the district better.” Also running in District 10 are Laura Thompson and Carlton Soules.

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