Greater San Antonio Chamber Of Commerce hosts City Council candidate forum
District 6, District 8 candidates face off
SAN ANTONIO - Candidates in District 6 and District 8 had a chance to have their voices heard during a forum held by the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday morning.
Four candidates are vying for the District 6 council seat, including incumbent Ray Lopez, who's served for the past four years.
If re-elected, he said he hopes to bring more jobs to the community.
"One of the things that's critically important, not just for District 6, but the entire city, is to try to develop jobs, job growth and job creation for our community," said Lopez.
Opponent Steve Shamblen said he would also like to bring jobs to the community but with a focus on solar energy.
"I want to get CPS to get into the solar business and I want to get a structure over Loop 410 for solar panels," said Shamblem. "Those projects alone will bring an enormous amount of jobs."
Candidate Greg Brockhouse said he believes the city is moving in the wrong direction and he wants to get back to basics.
"What I'm trying to do is accomplish the simple things, streets and sidewalks, drainage, police and fire. I think as as a core community, we've drifted away from the responsibilities with taxpayer accountability," said Brockhouse.
Candidate John Barfield didn't make it to the forum because he had obligations with his job as a probation officer but told KSAT 12 News that he thinks community involvement would be the key to helping tackle crime, graffiti and other other issues.
"What we need to do is we need to be more engaged, we need more people involved because if people are involved then things get done," said Barfield.
3 candidates vying for District 8 seat
Three candidates are vying for the District 8 council seat, now that Reed Williams has decided not to run for re-election.
Mike Kueber, a retired USAA attorney, said if he's elected, he'll he do things differently than Williams.
"My big issues are the redistricting, which violates the city charter and will not stand. The other issue is the upcoming police and Fire pension which I think needs to shift to a 401K pension like the rest of America has," said Kueber.
Since District 8 is one of the fastest growing parts of the community, keeping up with city services is a big concern for candidate Rolando Briones, who is currently owner of a consulting and engineering firm.
"Our growth in District 8 is going a lot higher that other parts of the city but yet our infrastructure lags behind. Our goal capacity isn't there," said Briones.
Candidate Ron Nirenberg, the associate GM of Trinity University's KRTU radio, is also concerned about keeping up with growth in the community.
Nirenberg said community interests need to be protected.
"We need to make sure that we're repairing street infrastructure, sewer infrastructure, we need to make sure that we're also insuring the public safety and the departments have the resources they need to keep neighbors and their families safe," said Nirenberg.
Early voting started on Monday and Election Day is May 11.
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