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Four New Faces Join City Council After Runoff Election

San Antonio has a new City Council! The May Municipal Election prompted Districts 1, 2, 3, 5, and 9 into a June 5 run-off election. After 39,534 votes were cast by Bexar County residents, the San Antonio City Council will welcome four fresh faces. Incumbent John Courage maintained his seat as City Councilmember for District 9, against challenger Patrick Von Dohlen. Courage secured 54% of the vote and will serve his third term as Councilman for District 9. Bexar County residents voted two incumbents out of City Council.

  • Mario Bravo defeated incumbent Roberto Trevino, securing 53 % of the vote, opposed to Trevino’s 46% of the vote. Trevino was seeking re-election for a final term as Councilman for District 1. Mario brings his experience as a political campaign manager, public relations specialist, and project manager for the Environmental Defense Fund to the City Council.
  • Jalen McKee-Rodriguez defeated incumbent Jada Andrews-Sullivan. Jalen secured 63% of the vote, opposed to Andrews-Sullivan’s 37% of the vote. Jalen brings his experience as a high school math teacher to the City Council. At age 26, McKee-Rodriguez will be the youngest person on the City Council.
  • Phyllis Viagran defeated Tomas Uresti, securing 60% of the vote, opposed to Uresti’s 40% of the vote. Viagran brings her experience as a teacher, SAPD Community Service Specialist with SAPD, and a Community Outreach Coordinator and Trainer at Older Adults Technology Services to the City Council.
  • Teri Castillo secured 58% of the vote, opposed to opponent Rudy Lopez’s 42% share of the vote. Teri brings her experience as a historian and an affordable housing organizer to the City Council.

May General Election resulted in victories for:

  • Mayor Ron Nirenberg, third term
  • Councilwoman Melissa Cabello-Havrda, District 6, second term
  • Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, District 7 – third term
  • Councilman Manny Pelaez, District 8 – third term
  • Councilman Clayton Perry, District 10 – third term

City Council will be holding a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to canvas the results of the Run-Off Election, followed by a Swearing-in Ceremony at 6:00 p.m.

The Chamber congratulates our recently elected and re-elected City Council members and Mayor. We look forward to working together to advance the success and recovery of the San Antonio business community.

Please join us as we celebrate their success! We are hosting a New City Council Reception on July 15, at the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Betty Kelso Center from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The event is sure to be an evening of fun and celebration as we welcome and congratulate our newly elected and re-elected Mayor and City Council members. A strong relationship with Mayor Nirenberg, City Council Members, and the business community will be essential for economic recovery and growth, especially during this critical time.

The event is a wonderful opportunity to build, strengthen and forge new relationships with our local elected leaders. Click here to register.

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