Will she or won't she? As of press time, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte had not announced whether she will run for mayor of San Antonio. If she does, cue the political dominoes.
Van de Putte released a statement November 9 acknowledging that she's considering a go at the city's highest position, and two San Antonio state reps almost immediately expressed interest in her current seat. State. Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer said he would "give serious consideration" to running and State. Rep. Jose Menendez told the Texas Tribune's Alexa Ura that he is "definitely" "seriously considering" the idea as well.
Should one of them win, that'll open another San Antonio position in the Texas House of Representatives, where Mike Villarreal has already resigned from his House District 123 position to run for SA mayor. Villarreal hosted his official campaign kickoff party this past weekend. He estimated about 500 supporters showed up on the cold, rainy Sunday. Villarreal said his campaign is moving forward whatever Van de Putte decides.
"We are 100 percent prepared to take our positive vision for the future of San Antonio to the people," he told the Current. "Whoever ends up stepping forward, we look forward to having a debate about the future."
At least two contenders already have their eye on Villarreal's vacant House seat. District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal announced on Twitter that the November 13 council meeting would be his last. He told the Current it's "no secret" that he wants the job. "The issues that we deal with in the state legislature are issues that are very close to my heart, like public ed, health care, predatory lending and so forth," Bernal said. "As a councilman, I saw how those issues directly affected the quality of life of my constituents."
Melissa Aguillon, a mother of two who runs Aguillon and Associates marketing and public relations firm, is also running. She wrote to the Current in an email that she is getting into the race "to be our community's voice on important matters such as quality education, good jobs and equal opportunities for all."
Back on the mayoral front, Van de Putte's pending announcement could mean other rumored contenders, such as Mayor Ivy Taylor and Councilman Ron Nirenberg, won't get in the race. Whatever happens, it looks like the Alamo City is in for a good ol' fashioned political shakeup.