by Callie Enlow
District 9's Joe Krier
Joe Krier sailed into a relatively easy victory on Saturday, May 10, for a permanent seat he once told Council he wasn't interested in. Krier was appointed by San Antonio's City Council last November to fill the vacant District 9 council seat left when former council member Elisa Chan decided to run for State Senate (she lost). Krier, who's well known at COSA as the two-decade CEO of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, paints himself as a "constructive conservative." His nearest competition came from Weston Martinez, a self-styled Tea Party favorite, who garnered 20 percent of the vote and is perhaps best known for his vehement protest of last year's Non-Discrimination Ordinance rule change that incorporated LGBT citizens. Martinez garnered about 20 percent of the vote to Krier's 57 and change.
Those interested in the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees race may have to wait a bit longer for conclusive results. While veteran trustee James Rindfuss won his district handily (full disclosure: He is the father of Associate Editor Bryan Rindfuss), Lorraine Pulido, A Harlandale graduate with advanced degrees from Columbia University (M.S. in journalism) and Our Lady of the Lake University (Ph.D. in business and leadership) and currently the public relations manager for COSA, couldn't quite overcome Albert Herrera, a South San graduate who is currently the business manager for the Lighthouse charter school, to represent District 4. They'll head to a runoff in June.
The other ACCD runoff election will be for District 8, where status quo critic Clint Kingsbery took a surprising lead over incumbent Gary Beitzel. Kingsbery has been publicly critical of current chancellor Bruce Leslie's leadership while Beitzel has defended Leslie's controversial attempt to include as a core course a class based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. However, with 46 percent of the vote to Beitzel's 32, the candidates will also face a runoff.
Other elections included city leadership positions in Leon Valley, Castle Hills, Olmos Park, Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills. For a full list of results, check the City's website here.