Following his victory speech Ron Nirenberg embraces with his son, Jonah.
Following his runoff victory speech, Mayor Ron Nirenberg embraces his son, Jonah. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

As the contentious mayoral race drew to a close Saturday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg packed his Election Day schedule with visits to more than a dozen polling sites. The Rivard Report followed along in the final stretch of Nirenberg’s campaign.

Nirenberg and his field team appeared optimistic throughout the day. Leaning on caffeine and classic rock between polling sites, the team felt like they hit crucial voting pockets when it mattered most. Fighting against the 100-degree weather, the campaign focused on districts 1, 7, 8, 9, and 10 and took the “every vote counts” mentality.

Often we think of politicians sitting behind their large oak desks, catered to event after event, when the reality is far less glamorous. Stumping is a slow-moving grind that includes the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. My time with the Nirenberg campaign helped me understand how much work actually goes into every single vote cast.

A large cloud of black smoke from a fire is seen from a distance as Mayor Nirenberg travels to an event.
8:33 a.m. – A large cloud of black smoke from a fire is seen from a distance as Mayor Nirenberg travels to an event. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Mayor Ron Nirenberg greets seniors at a father and mothers day breakfast at Luby's Cafeteria at the Las Palmas Shopping Center.
8:41 a.m. – Mayor Ron Nirenberg greets seniors at a breakfast at Luby’s Cafeteria at the Las Palmas Shopping Center. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Mayor Nirenberg greets individual tables at Luby's.
9:34 a.m. – Mayor Nirenberg greets individual tables at Luby’s. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Mayor Ron Nirenberg approaches his campaign headquarters near downtown San Antonio.
10:05 a.m. – Mayor Ron Nirenberg approaches his campaign headquarters near downtown San Antonio. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Mayor Ron Nirenberg shakes hands with campaign volunteers at his campaign office.
10:07 a.m. – Mayor Ron Nirenberg shakes hands with campaign volunteers at his campaign office. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Mayor Ron Nirenberg exits his campaign headquarters to visit election polling places on the final day of voting.
10:09 a.m. – Mayor Ron Nirenberg exits his campaign headquarters to visit election polling places on the final day of voting. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Mayor Ron Nirenberg waits for voters to arrive at Shearer Hills Baptist Church.
11:05 a.m. – Mayor Ron Nirenberg waits for voters to arrive at Shearer Hills Baptist Church. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Voters arriving to Brook Hollow Library are greeted by Mayor Ron Nirenberg, the campaign uses these encounters to get a temperature on the voting outlook.
11:16 a.m. – Voters arriving to Brook Hollow Library are greeted by Mayor Ron Nirenberg. The campaign uses these encounters to get a temperature on the voting outlook. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Mayor Ron Nirenberg places his order at Whataburger during lunch.
12:08 p.m. – Mayor Ron Nirenberg places his lunch order at Whataburger. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Mayor Ron Nirenberg speaks with volunteers while visiting a polling place on Election Day.
3:30 p.m. – Mayor Ron Nirenberg chats with volunteers while visiting a polling place. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Mayor Nirenberg speaks with voters outside of Huebner Road Elementary school as volunteer James Dykeman holds a sign in support.
4:48 p.m. – Mayor Nirenberg speaks with voters outside of Huebner Elementary school, as volunteer James Dykeman holds a sign in support. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
After early voting totals were released, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and wife Erika Prosper share a moment before they address supporters at the campaign party.
7:42 p.m. – After early voting totals were released, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his wife, Erika Prosper, share a moment before they address supporters at the campaign party. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Mayor Ron Nirenberg hugs a supporter at the Friendly Spot in Southtown.
8:19 p.m. – Mayor Ron Nirenberg hugs a supporter at the Friendly Spot in Southtown. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
After clinching a victory Mayor Ron Nirenberg hugs supporters on his way to publicly accept the outcome.
9:10 p.m. – After clinching a victory, Mayor Ron Nirenberg hugs supporters on his way to publicly accept the outcome. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his wife Erika Prosper embrace at the end of election night.
9:11 p.m. – Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his wife, Erika Prosper, embrace at the end of election night. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Ron Nirenberg and his son Jonah embrace.
9:12 p.m. – Ron Nirenberg and his son, Jonah, in a tight embrace. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Along with supporters Mayor Ron Nirenberg celebrates his victory over challenger Greg Brockhouse.
9:14 p.m. – Along with ecstatic supporters, Mayor Ron Nirenberg celebrates his victory over challenger Greg Brockhouse. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Ron Nirenberg's son Jonah sheds some tears as his father accepts victory in the 2019 mayoral election.
9:20 p.m. – Ron Nirenberg’s son, Jonah, sheds tears as his father declares victory in the 2019 mayoral election. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Following his victory speech Ron Nirenberg embraces with his son, Jonah.
9:21 p.m. – Following his victory speech, Ron Nirenberg hugs his son, Jonah. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Ron Nirenberg kisses his wife Erika Prosper at the end of the night.
9:21 p.m. – Ron Nirenberg kisses his wife Erika Prosper at the end of the night. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Scott Ball

Scott Ball

Scott Ball is San Antonio Report's photo editor and grew up in San Antonio.