San Antonians cast their vote at the Central Library polling location.
San Antonians cast their vote at the Central Library polling location. Credit: San Antonio Report Staff Photo

The mayor’s race dominates the May 9 City Election ballot, but there is much more awaiting voters. No matter where you live in the city, the leadership of your district is up for grabs. All 10 City Council incumbents are being challenged. Given the historic low voter turnout in non-Presidential election years, a small number of votes could decide the outcome, making each citizen’s vote matter.

After a season of turnover and uncertainty at City Hall, with multiple City Council chairs vacated and turned over to appointed members, all 10 districts and the mayor’s office will now go to candidates elected for full, two-year terms. Each incumbent, elected or appointed, faces one or more contenders. District 7 and District 9 voters will have five people on the ballot to choose from. District 6 and 10 voters will have only 2. Click here or scroll down to see a complete list of the candidates.

This election is the first time that Councilmembers Alan Warrick II (D2) and Roberto Treviño (D1) are running for a full term. Warrick was elected in a runoff election in December 2014 after former Councilmember Ivy Taylor was elected to serve out former Mayor Julián Castro’s unexpired third term. Warrick once again will face his nemesis, Keith Toney, who served as an appointed interim council member until the special election that led to Warrick’s election. The two candidates are miles away from each other on many issues – the most telling of which are their stances on rideshare. Warrick advocated for progressive regulations that will keep rideshare companies in town, Toney was passionately opposed to any regulatory compromise, siding with the traditional taxi industry. Warrick won 59-41% over Toney, yet out of 61,082 registered voters in the district, only 3,062 votes were cast during the runoff. That’s a cringe-worthy 5%.

Treviño was appointed in December 2014 after former council member Diego Bernal left to run a successful campaign for the state House District 123 seat vacated by Mike Villarreal to run for mayor.

The most contested district appears to be District 7 where Councilmember Cris Medina faces four challengers, including Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez, who was appointed by Council to serve a two month term while Medina, an Air Force reservist, took a leave of absence to receive Air Force public-relations training. His departure came soon after an anonymous email surfaced alleging financial misconduct by Medina that the council member has denied, even as former San Antonio Police Chief William McManus confirmed that Medina was the subject of  a federal investigation. Some speculated that Medina timed his leave of absence to allow him to avoid the ensuing media circus, a charge he has vigorously denied.

With thousands of votes already cast, it’s not too late to cast yours. Early voting began Monday and continues through Tuesday, May 5. Election day is Saturday, May 9. Click here to find out more information about polling dates, times, and locations.

District 1:

Roberto Carlos Treviño.
Roberto Carlos Treviño.

Roberto C. Treviño (Incumbent)

Occupation: Architect
Age: 44
Years lived in San Antonio: 16
Years lived in district: 16

Roger Scott.
Roger Scott.

Roger A. Scott

Occupation: Educator/Entrepreneur
Age: 40
Years lived in San Antonio: 1
Years lived in district: 1

Jesus G. Reyes
Jesus G. Reyes

Jesus G. Reyes

Occupation: Tesoro contractor
Age: 33
Years lived in San Antonio: 4
Years lived in district: 4

Peter Kurzon
Peter Kurzon

Peter Kurzon

Occupation: Self-employed
Age: 59
Years lived in San Antonio: 1
Years lived in district: 1

District 2:

Alan E. Warrick, II
Alan E. Warrick, II

Alan E. Warrick, II (Incumbent)

Occupation: CEO of World Technical Services, Inc.
Age: 34
Years lived in San Antonio: 8
Years lived in district: 6

Keith A. Toney
Keith A. Toney

Keith A. Toney

Occupation: School Liaison Officer
Age: 62
Years lived in San Antonio: 22
Years lived in district: 10

Antonio "Tony" Diaz
Antonio “Tony” Diaz

Antonio “Tony” Diaz

Occupation: Independent Contract Driver/Self-employed
Age: 61
Years lived in San Antonio: 61
Years lived in district: 8

District 3:

Rebecca Viagran
Rebecca Viagran

Rebecca Viagran (Incumbent)

Occupation: Small Business Owner
Age: 40
Years lived in San Antonio: 40
Years lived in district: 40

Paul Farias
Paul Farias

Paul Farias

Occupation: Private Chef
Age: 32
Years lived in San Antonio: 32
Years lived in district: 18

Roy Aguillon
Roy Aguillon

Roy Aguillon

Occupation: Consultant
Age: 23
Years lived in San Antonio: 1
Years lived in district: 1

District 4:

District Four City Councilman Rey Salaña
Rey Saldaña

Rey Saldaña (Incumbent)

Occupation: Chief of Engagement for KIPP Public Schools
Age: 28
Years lived in San Antonio: 28
Years lived in district: 28

Genevieve Trinidad
Genevieve Trinidad

Genevieve Trinidad

Occupation: Self-employed
Age: 56
Years lived in San Antonio: 55
Years lived in district: 3

Manuel R. Lopez
Manuel R. Lopez

Manuel R. Lopez

Occupation: Retired
Age: 59
Years lived in San Antonio: 59
Years lived in district: 30

District 5:

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales poses for a photo before the Council's special session begins. Photo by Scott Ball.
Shirley Gonzales

Shirley Gonzales (Incumbent)

Occupation: Business Owner
Age: 42
Years lived in San Antonio: 42
Years lived in district: 6

Nazirite Rubén F. Pérez
Nazirite Rubén F. Pérez

Nazirite Rubén F. Pérez

Occupation: Retired from COSA
Age: 72
Years lived in San Antonio: 72
Years lived in district: 72

Allen Townsend
Allen Townsend

Allen Townsend

Occupation: Educator
Age: 71
Years lived in San Antonio: 26
Years lived in district: 25

District 6:

Ray Lopez
Ray Lopez

Ray Lopez (Incumbent)

Occupation: Retired
Age: 65
Years lived in San Antonio: 30
Years lived in district: 30

Steve Shamblen
Steve Shamblen

Steve Shamblen

Occupation: Disabled
Age: 54
Years lived in San Antonio: 9
Years lived in district: 9

District 7:

District 7 Council Member Cris Medina
Cris Medina

Cris Medina (Incumbent)

Occupation: councilmember
Age: 35
Years lived in San Antonio: 9
Years lived in district: 9

John E. Foddrill Sr.
John E. Foddrill Sr.

John E. Foddrill Sr.

Occupation: semi-retired
Age: 63
Years lived in San Antonio: 19
Years lived in district: 7

Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez
Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez

Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez

Occupation: small business owner
Age: 36
Years lived in San Antonio: 14
Years lived in district: 8

Fred A. Rangel
Fred A. Rangel

Fred A. Rangel

Occupation: small business owner
Age: 60
Years lived in San Antonio: 51
Years lived in district: 18

Enrique Valdivia
Enrique Valdivia

Enrique Valdivia

Occupation: attorney
Age: 56
Years lived in San Antonio: 20
Years lived in district: 20

District 8:

Ron Nirenberg
Ron Nirenberg

Ron Nirenberg (Incumbent)

Occupation: consultant
Age: 38
Years lived in San Antonio: 18
Years lived in district: 6

Adam I. Goodman
Adam I. Goodman

Adam I. Goodman

Occupation: tax consultant & taxi driver
Age: 38
Years lived in San Antonio: 14
Years lived in district: 14

Yvonne Martinez
Yvonne Martinez

Yvonne Martinez

Occupation: college and career readiness advisor
Age: 48
Years lived in San Antonio: 2
Years lived in district: 1

Robert L. Meeks
Robert L. Meeks

Robert L. Meeks

Occupation: director of IT
Age: 39
Years lived in San Antonio: 1
Years lived in district: 9 months

District 9:

District 9 Councilman Joe Krier
Joe Krier

Joe Krier (Incumbent)

Occupation: consultant
Age: 69
Years lived in San Antonio: 40
Years lived in district: 14

Richard Castanon
Richard Castanon

Richard Castanon

Occupation: consultant
Age: 50
Years lived in San Antonio: 14
Years lived in district: 14

Lori Slusher
Lori Slusher

Lori Slusher

Occupation: investor
Age: 53
Years lived in San Antonio: 9
Years lived in district: 2 (7 previously)

Jeffry Van Slycke
Jeffry Van Slycke

Jeffry Van Slycke

Occupation: educator
Age: 58
Years lived in San Antonio: 6
Years lived in district: 6

Bert Cecconi
Bert Cecconi

Bert Cecconi

Occupation: retired United States Air Force colonel
Age: 79
Years lived in San Antonio: 35
Years lived in district: 2

District 10:

District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher (Incumbent)

Occupation: councilmember
Age: 68
Years lived in San Antonio: 17
Years lived in district: 17

Celeste Montez-Tidwell
Celeste Montez-Tidwell

Celeste Montez-Tidwell

Occupation: member engagement specialist
Age: 47
Years lived in San Antonio: 42
Years lived in district: 16

*Featured/top image: San Antonians cast their vote at the Central Library polling location. 

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Iris Dimmick and Joan Vinson

Iris Dimmick is managing editor and Joan Vinson is assistant editor of the Rivard Report.