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Runoff for SA’s District 9; incumbents out in 2 suburbs

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One north San Antonio councilman is headed for a June 5 runoff, while incumbents in Hollywood Park and Shavano Park lost bids for another term following the May 1 election.

More than 17% of registered voters went to the polls, awarding San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg a third term after facing challenger Greg Brockhouse.

Unlike the 2019 race where he was forced into a hotly contested runoff with Brockhouse, the former District 6 councilman, Nirenberg this time easily won reelection with nearly 62% of the vote.

Brockhouse secured 31%, followed by Denise Gutierrez-Homer and Gary Allen out of a 14-candidate field.

Nirenberg has made pandemic recovery, workforce training and infrastructure investment his top priorities for his next two years in public office.

“Thank you San Antonio, we did it together,” Nirenberg said in a video statement.

However, District 9 Councilman John Courage did not avoid a runoff. He finished with 47% — short of the 50% threshold. Financial planner and prior candidate Patrick Von Dohlen placed second with 35.6%.

Early voting for the runoff is May 24-June 1.

Two other North Side councilmen — District 8’s Manny Peláez and District 10’s Clayton Perry — fared better than Courage. Peláez claimed a third term with 59%, and Perry won reelection with 54%.

“I’m humbled by your support and honored to be your District 8 councilman for another term,” Peláez told constituents.

Perry said his victory is a reaffirmation by voters “for what I have done for this district.”

The electorate also passed a City Charter amendment that enables San Antonio to issue bonds for permanent public improvements, such as building affordable housing, or others not prohibited by the Texas Constitution.

A more controversial initiative that proposed repealing police officers’ collective bargaining rights was narrowly rejected by 51% of voters. The San Antonio Police Officers Association used its Facebook page to thank Proposition B opponents.

“You voted overwhelmingly to support your San Antonio police and ensured that we can continue to keep our neighborhoods safe,” the group posted.

Police reformers such as Fix SAPD argued SAPOA misled voters into thinking a vote for Proposition B would instantly cut police funding.

Fix SAPD pledged to keep backing greater accountability for police, especially officers accused of misconduct.

In Castle Hills, Place 2 Councilman Frank Paul and Place 3 Councilman Kurt May each easily won reelection, foiling challenges from Tyler Smith and Bernard Juettemeyer, respectively.

“I appreciate the support and voters who came out to make a difference in Castle Hills’ elections,” May said.

Mayor JR Treviño was unopposed in his run.

Political newcomers in Hollywood Park won approval in three council races. Physician assistant Michael Voorhies is the new Place 3 councilman, taking over from Oscar Villarreal who was appointed mayor in March.

Because Villarreal’s mayoral appointment came after the state deadline to finalize ballots, Villarreal’s name still appeared as a Place 3 contender. Voorhies received more votes than Villarreal, settling the issue.

Developer executive Sean Moore defeated Del Gallivan with 67% to claim the Place 1 seat. He replaces Michael Howe, who declined to run again.

Voters practice physical distancing at Shavano Park City Hall while awaiting their turn to cast a ballot during the May 1 elections. Photo by Edmond Ortiz

Homemaker and Hollywood Park Community Association member Glenna Pearce upset Place 5 Councilman Paul Homburg with 65%.

Shavano Park Mayor Bob Werner was reelected with 58%, fending off a challenge from former Mayor David Marne, who placed second with 30.8% of the vote,  followed by MJ Smoot.

Werner’s campaign laid out several goals, including prioritizing long-range planning, quality city services, involvement in the expansion of Northwest Military Highway, infrastructure betterments, and communication with residents.

He also plans to propose a children’s public splash pad, and enhance nature trails.

“We have an excellent council, and collectively we will continue the progress marking Shavano Park,” Werner said.

Planning and Zoning Commissioner Albert Aleman and retired engineer Pete Miller were the top two vote-getters in an at-large contest where long-time Alderwoman Michele Ross was not returned to the council.

In the Northside Independent School District, retired NISD Principal Corinne Saldaña received nearly 33%, outpacing three other contestants in a race to succeed District 5 trustee Katie Reed, who stepped down.

“I wish Katie Reed well in her retirement and I will make every effort to model the same standard of fairness and intelligent decision making,” Saldaña said.

District 6 Trustee Carol Harle coasted to a third term with 76% over Thomas Leger.

Early voting for the District 9 runoff will be held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 24-28, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 29 and June 1 at area sites such as Castle Hills City Hall, 209 Lemonwood Drive; Encino Library, 2515 E. Evans Road; Parman Library at Stone Oak, 20735 Wilderness Oak; and Brookhollow Library, 530 Heimer Road.

eortiz@localcommunitynews.com

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