Tommy Adkisson, who ends his 16-year career as Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 4 this November, is another of a handful of local officials mulling a run for San Antonio mayor. And like other rumored hopefuls, he’s waiting until after the November 4 general election to make any public declaration.
Adkisson, who rolls off the commissioners court after losing to incumbent Nelson Wolff in the Democratic primary for county judge, has been working to pay back debt from his expensive countywide campaign. He said he has held two fundraisers in recent weeks, raising about $20,000 at each.
“I’m putting myself in a position that if I chose to run for mayor, I would be relatively free of the more ominous aspects of having debt,” he said.
Adkisson, who served for four years in the Texas House of Representatives in the early ’80s, is a neighborhood guy. He founded the neighborhood association for Highland Hills in 1980 and still serves as its vice president. Talking about how he’d run the city, he says he wants to get back to basics—energy, health care, quality streets, transportation and animal care—and promote “balanced growth,” he said.
“Let’s see what we’re able to do to keep our neighborhoods sustainable,” he said, adding that San Antonio’s growth is both a challenge and an opportunity. “I think right now we’re overwhelming our infrastructure; it’s got to be able to keep up with that growth.”