This past Saturday was Election Day in San Antonio, and more than 110,000 residents hit the polls to cast their vote for Mayor and City Council. Of the more than 110,000, just over 73,000 came in during early voting. While the number of residents who voted may seem high, only 11.5 percent of the registered voters showed up at the polls.
For the second election in a row, the Mayoral race will head to a runoff. Mayor Ron Nirenberg maintained a narrow lead over Councilman Greg Brockhouse through the night but didn’t secure a majority. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Mayor Nirenberg ended with 48.66 percent of the votes, while Councilman Brockhouse ended with 45.57 percent. With just over 3,000 votes separating the two, many are anticipating a very competitive runoff election.
City Council races were a different story. All seven City Council incumbents were reelected, while all three districts with an open seat (District 2, 4, and 6) are headed to a runoff election.
The runoff elections for Mayor and City Council Districts 2, 4, and 6 is Saturday, June 8, 2019. Early voting will begin Tuesday, May 28 and end Tuesday, June 4. If you did not vote in the May 4 election but would like to vote in the runoff, you can.
The Chamber will play a vital role in educating our members about the Mayoral and City Council candidates in the runoff election. In 2017, our Facebook Live Candidate Forums were a hit, and we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting Facebook Live City Council Forums once again. Official dates and times will be sent out once confirmed. The Chamber will continue to remain a valuable resource when city council members seek input from business stakeholders and looks forward to working with them to transform our community.