San Antonio has a new City Council for the 2021-2023 term.
On Tuesday, June 15, four new city council members were officially sworn in after the canvassing of the June 5 runoff election results. Mario Bravo represents District 1, Jalen Mckee-Rodriguez represents District 2, Phyllis Viagran represents District 3, and Teri Castillo represents District 5. Bravo and McKee-Rodriguez’s victories unseated District 1 and District 2 incumbents.
There are four new faces on the San Antonio City Council, each bringing their own ideas and experience to the City Council. Priorities of these new council members include addressing city utilities, digital inclusion, infrastructure, and affordable housing. The new Council’s first regular meeting took place on Wednesday, June 16 and included a presentation on the FY 22 Trial budget for the City.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg is beginning his third term as mayor with a focus on economic recovery following the pandemic. He cites that getting people back to work and making sure that the city workforce training programs are successful is critical for the city. He also said that invest in transportation and public health are of top priority.
Mario Bravo brings his experience as a project manager with the Environmental Defense Fund to the council. Bravo has expressed his intention to focus on affordable housing projects, property tax relief, and addressing city utilities.
Jalen McKee-Rodriguez brings his experience as a high school math teacher to the council. He plans to focus on a strong budget for District 2 and to push for an Office of Civil Rights.
Phyllis Viagran brings her experience as a civilian employee with San Antonio Police Department and a Community Outreach Coordinator and Trainer for Older Adults Technology Services. Viagran is focused on spending American Rescue Plan Act funds through an “equity lens.” She also wants to make sure the travel and tourism industry is revived.
Adriana Rocha Garcia is beginning her second term as a council member. She plans to focus on economic development and workforce development this next year.
Teri Castillo brings her experience as a substitute teacher and community organizer to the council. She expressed her intention to focus on bringing critical infrastructure to the West Side and creating affordable and permanent housing in District 5.
Melissa Cabello Havrda is beginning her second term. Her focus is on evergreen issues such as transportation and public safety, with an emphasis on creating action plans for improvement on these issues.
Ana Sandoval is beginning her third term. Sandoval’s top priority is public health. She also remains focused on moving the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
Manny Pelaez is beginning his third term. Pelaez is focused on the recovery and resiliency of the city. These issues range from cyber-security and city utilities to poverty and domestic violence.
John Courage is beginning his third term. Courage is focused on constituent services, affordable housing, and continued recovery from the pandemic.
Clayton Perry is beginning his third term and he plans to continue his focus on safety, property tax, and infrastructure.
The San Antonio Chamber is hosting a New City Council Reception that will be held on Thursday, July 15 at San Antonio Botanical Garden at Betty Kelso Center. This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet Mayor Nirenberg and our New City Council. The San Antonio business community understands the integral role our city leaders play in ensuring San Antonio maintains a business-friendly environment and a thriving economy, especially during this critical time. This event is a great opportunity for you to interact, strengthen ties, and forge new relationships with our business and community leaders.
Join us for the reception and stay for Noches de Frida! All attendees will get to experience Noches de Frida, featuring a docent-guided and self-guided tour of the new Frida Kahlo Oasis exhibition as well as beautiful bloom displays throughout the rest of the Botanical Garden. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, including cash bars and specially prepared picnic baskets, and performances by local DJs. You will not want to miss it!
For more information, contact Stephanie Reyes, VP of Public Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 210-229-2162.