Two San Antonio City Council members were ousted in June 5 election runoffs, but a third incumbent held off his challenger.
Elsewhere, the District 3 seat will be represented by the sister of the outgoing council member, and District 2’s council member is the first openly gay man to win public office in Texas.
Mario Bravo, an Environmental Defense Fund project manager, upset District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño with 53% of the vote. Many of Bravo’s supporters advocated for new leadership in District 1.
Teacher Jalen McKee-Rodriguez toppled first-term incumbent Jada Andrews-Sullivan in District 2 with 63%.
McKee-Rodriguez once worked in Andrews-Sullivan’s council office. His campaign called for improved representation for District 2 residents at City Hall.
John Courage won a third term as the District 9 council member, fending off a challenge from Patrick Von Dohlen, who sought to apply more conservative approaches to several issues. Courage received nearly 54%.
Phyllis Viagran, sister of term-limited District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagan, claimed the Southside post with nearly 60% vs. Tomas Uresti.
Teacher/community organizer Teri Castillo won the District 5 runoff against retired city employee Rudy Lopez.
Having received backing from the likes of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Mayor Julian Castro, Castillo succeeds term-limited Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.