The City of San Antonio is now accepting applications from residents seeking a place on the ballot for the May 4 municipal election. The filing period opens Wednesday and runs through Friday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m.
As of Wednesday evening, the City Clerk’s office has received nine ballot applications: John Velasquez and Antonio “Tony” Diaz – both regular long shots on local ballots – for mayor; Brad Kessler for District 1; Walter E. Perry Sr. for District 2; Adriana Rocha Garcia for District 4; Maria Perez for District 10; and Council members Ana Sandoval (D7), John Courage (D9), and Clayton Perry (D10).
Several more have already announced their intentions to run for re-election, various Council district seats and the mayor’s spot, but the big question remains: Will Councilman Greg Brockhouse give up his hard-fought District 6 spot to run a campaign against Mayor Ron Nirenberg?
Asked on Wednesday when or if he’ll make that announcement, Brockhouse said, “I’m in no hurry.”
“My focus at this point is in preparation for [a] District 6 [campaign],” he said. “I’m doing my due diligence, too, on the mayor’s race.”
Nirenberg will host a re-election campaign announcement Saturday at 9 a.m. at Alamo Stadium.
All eligible Council incumbents are expected to run for re-election, but they have until mid-February to file to be on the ballot.
Matthew S. Piña, who ran as a Libertarian candidate to unseat Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and opposed the Alamo Master Plan and moving the Cenotaph, is slated to officially launch his mayoral campaign next week.
Bert Cecconi, a retired dentist and Air Force colonel who has run several unsuccessful Northside Council seat campaigns, has told the San Antonio Express-News his name will appear on the ballot for mayor.
Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1) could face at least one substantial challenger in hotelier Justin Holley, who has criticized Treviño for supporting the larger Council’s decision not to pursue a contract for San Antonio to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, among other policy and project pursuits. Holley said he will file his application on Thursday.
William Flautt, a young teacher who had plans to run for the District 1 spot, has since decided not to throw his hat in the ring, he told the Rivard Report.
The District 2 and District 4 fields are wide open as candidates vying for those seats won’t face incumbents this year. Councilman Rey Saldaña is serving his fourth and last allowable term for District 4. After considering a run for mayor, he announced in December that he has accepted a position with an education advocacy nonprofit.
Interim Councilman Art Hall (D2) has pledged not to run for the more permanent seat left vacant when former Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw accepted a position as an associate judge. Retired firefighter Dereck Hillyer, whom some faith and neighborhood leaders endorsed, is expected to run – as are other candidates who applied for the interim seat, including Walter E. Perry Sr.
Reached by phone in December, Garcia said she wants to continue the momentum of economic progress and engagement Saldaña started in the South Side.
In District 3, Elizabeth “Liz” Campos has filed a treasurer appointment. Campos ran an unsuccessful bid for the seat in 2011, according to media reports.
Melissa Cabello Havrda, who ran against Brockhouse for the seat vacated by Ray Lopez in 2017, had a campaign kickoff scheduled for on Sunday, Jan. 20. That event was canceled Wednesday afternoon. She could be in a holding pattern, several political observers have said, waiting to see if Brockhouse runs for mayor or stays in District 6.
Sandoval also is hosting a re-election event next week. So far, no candidates have emerged to challenge her in District 7 – but it’s still relatively early.
Political consultant Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe in December launched her campaign for the District 8 seat. Gonzales-Wolfe, a transgender Latina, has said she will run a campaign centered around inclusion. The grand opening of her campaign headquarters is slated for Saturday, Jan. 26.
Courage officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday night. Councilman Perry filed his paperwork Wednesday and is hosting a campaign kickoff that night.