Trish DeBerry-Mejia's policy/communications guy Donze Lopez put off his candidate's scheduled interview with the Current today so that he could air a few concerns he'd picked up from the rumor mill. Including: that candidate Julian Castro had been invited to our 2009 Best of SA party, April 23 at the Witte, where he would be introduced as "our next mayor" to the 1,500-odd revelers who attend the annual throwdown.
Editorial doesn't plan the Best of SA party, we just run the ballot and election and write about the winners (because they're kept secret from sales). But the folks on the money-making side of the house, who are in charge of the event, said they didn't know what he was talking about, either.
So, just to clear this matter up, I hereby invite all of the mayoral candidates that actually file with the City Clerk's office to our Best of SA party to help us celebrate the winners of our Best of SA readers' poll. (We want you to come; we'll use the free drinks and crowd to loosen you up and separate you from your handlers. Take a cue from our current popular public officials, PH and NW -- locals like candor.) Plus, it's a lot of fun. Ask the Mayor: he's been to at least two of them. We'll introduce each of you as the "next mayor of San Antonio." And we'll be right about one of you.
Now that that's out of the way, we're looking forward to chatting with the candidates about substantive issues such as Mission Verde, the City budget, sustainable development, digital billboards, transparency and oversight in gov't, arts funding in tough economic times, etc.
Non-candidates: The party's free, but requires an invitation. Other ways to get in: Win in a category (it's OK to encourage friends and customers to vote for you. It's not OK to stuff the ballot box or fill out forms for other people. It's a great idea to put a link to the ballot on your website/Facebook,Myspace!) and be entered in a drawing for the coveted tix by voting.