More than 1000 viewers tuned-in to the Chamber’s 2017 City Council Facebook Forums. In an effort to engage a broader, more diverse audience, the Chamber took a new approach to their typical forum by using Facebook Live. Juan Antonio Flores, the Chamber’s Legislative Committee Chairman, served as moderator for the city council candidate forums, and Shaun Kennedy, the Chamber’s 2017 Chair-elect, moderated the Mayoral candidate forum. While the Chamber does not endorse candidates, we understand the integral role our city leaders play in ensuring San Antonio maintains a business friendly environment and a thriving economy. The purpose of the forums is to inform the community about the mayor and city council candidates, and their positions on economic issues facing our region.
The Chamber went live last Friday leading with candidates from District 1, incumbent Roberto Trevino and Michael Montano. Candidates tackled questions about revitalizing the city’s urban core, including efforts to provide affordable housing and smart transportation options. They also touched on how to attract tech industries and appeal to millennials.
District 9 candidates, Marco Barros and John Courage focused on the need for increased public safety and multi-modal transportation in their district, emphasizing police protection and response time.
District 8 candidates, Manny Pelaez and Cynthia Brehm debated solutions to on-going traffic congestion along 1604 and I-10, promoting the need for street connectivity. They also discussed the impact of the state’s so-called bathroom bill, a question posed by various Facebook viewers.
District 6 candidate, Melissa Cabello-Havrda had a one-on-one conversation with Flores about efforts to promote small business development as well as a fair process for municipal annexation. Candidate Greg Brockhouse was not present but did submit a statement indicating he was attending the funeral for Firefighter Deem.
District 2 candidates, incumbent Alan Warrick and William “Cruz”Shaw touched on economic development and job growth. They discussed efforts to promote affordable housing in the district and how the $20 million included in the City’s 2017 Bond Program is a great step forward.
District 10 candidates Ezra Johnson and Clayton Perry had a great discussion on how to maintain a favorable business climate in San Antonio, emphasizing the need to build a strong workforce. They also touched on improving our tech infrastructure to help lure new businesses to San Antonio.
Mayoral candidate Councilman Ron Nirenberg had a one-on-one conversation with Shaun Kennedy, touching on everything from job growth, to rail, to the city’s 2017 Bond Program, as well as priorities for next year’s budget. Mayor Ivy R. Taylor was unable to participate but did submit a statement citing a conflicting appointment scheduled several weeks ago.
If you missed any of the forums, head to the Chamber’s Facebook page. Each forum will also be available on the Chamber website leading up to Election Day. And make sure to hit the polls. Early Voting started yesterday, and Election Day is Saturday, June 10.