Former coworkers face off in Dist. 9 City Council race

Jason Salinas worked for Coun­cilwoman Elisa Chan


SAN ANTONIO - Jason Salinas is looking to take Elisa Chan’s 9 district City Council seat.

The two spent nearly three years working together in City Hall before Chan overhauled her staff.

Despite being a team one time, Salinas said he has different vision for District 9.

Salinas said economic development in the area is one of his highest priorities.

“We need to be working on finding ways to bring in good employers and keeping the employers we have now,” he said. ”Allow them to expand and hire more people.”

Chan said she has done plenty to help the district grow economically.

She chairs the city’s economic development team and said while jobs are important, more focus needs to be put on workforce development.

“We can attract businesses to San Antonio, but we also need to have the ready workforce to take advantage of those jobs,” Chan said.

Chan said infrastructure needs are also a high priority for District 9.

She would like to see the city allocate more money for street and sidewalk maintenance, but Salinas said paying for projects like the new street car system make that difficult.

“Do we need more money? I think we could probably use more,” Salinas said. “But I think we're doing a good job (with what we have) right now.”

When it comes to public safety both candidates believe a larger police presence is needed in district nine.

Chan said retaining her seat is the best way to make sure patrols increase in the area.

“Right now, San Antonio police is going through a redistricting of their patrol officers, and it’s important to my district on public safety, and I want to make sure I'm part of the process.”

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