Despite telling San Antonio City Council members that he would not, District 9 Councilman Joe Krier on Tuesday announced that we would run in the special election in May to keep his council seat.

“I feel very fortunate that I’ve been in a position to bring people together to tackle some of our biggest challenges, but there is always more work to be done,” Krier said in a statement. “In the few months since I have been on the council, I’ve seen opportunities to make a difference and make things better for the citizens of District 9.”

Krier was appointed to his position after former District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan stepped down to run for state office.

In the emailed statement, Krier outlined his goals for the district, saying, “We must hold the line on tax increases, live within our means and look for constructive conservative solutions for the challenges ahead."

The decision is a reversal of course for Krier, who told city council members during the interview process to fill the District 9 seat that he would not run in the special election.

District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules said Krier’s decision is not surprising.

“Obviously once you get involved in the job and you see members of the community and the district, they are going to let you know whether they want you to continue on,” Soules said. “If he’s getting support, that’s his decision.”

Council members pointed to incumbency advantage as the reason why they asked candidates if they had intentions to run in the special election.

Mayor Julian Castor said despite any perceived advantage, it will still be up to District 9 voters to decide.

“Personally, I never put a hard line out there about whether someone should commit to not running or running,” Castro said. “The voters are going to make that decision ultimately,”

The special election is scheduled for May 10.

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