Medina questions opponent's residency in District 5 race

Shirley Gonzales said she does live in the district

SAN ANTONIO - The race for City Council District 5 is heating up with allegations that one of the runoff candidates does not actually live in the district.

Incumbent David Medina said people have told him that challenger Shirley Gonzales lives in the Elm Creek neighborhood on the northwest side rather than the Buena Vista Street address on the west side that she listed in her application.

The Bexar County Appraisal District shows a home valued at around $400,000 does indeed belong to District Five city council candidate Shirley Gonzales.

"I don't think it's fair, I don't think it's upfront and forthcoming with the district five constituents," Medina said.

Medina said Gonzales does not live in the Buena Medina said District Five constituents need to know the truth.

"I've gotten phone calls from very respected people in the community telling me, Mr. Medina, she does not live there,” Medina said. “And that is something that to me is very alarming."

Gonzales, meanwhile, said she does indeed live in District 5 in the house on Buena Vista that she has lived in for more than a year.

She said before that she rented a house in the same neighborhood.

"I'm very proud of my neighborhood and I love my neighbors,” Gonzales said. “I love my house."

In a meeting with volunteers Friday, Gonzales's campaign manager, Choco Meza, quizzed volunteers about the issue.

"Did anybody question anything about Shirley's either residency or her community work," Meza asked.

Gonzales said this is just politics and she has her own questions about Medina.

"It gives us license to question things about him as well, which his work is always questionable,” Gonzales said. “Where his employer is."

Local political experts expect an enthusiastic and hard hitting campaign by both sides to the finish.

Documents show Gonzales was awarded the Elm Creek home in a divorce decree from her previous husband.

She said it is currently for sale.

Election day for the runoff races in districts five and eight is June 15.

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