Six candidates in race for S.A. District 5

Candidates share points of focus, if elected

Author: Myra Arthur, Reporter, Anchor,
Published On: Apr 23 2013 09:29:38 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2013 10:00:00 PM CDT

The race for the District 5 city council seat has more candidates on the ballot than any other council member position- a total of 6.

KSAT 12 News caught up with the 4 candidates who attended a public forum Tuesday morning hosted by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

Candidate Richard Cardenas believes District 5 needs to work more closely with University Health System’s Robert B. Green Campus, Haven for Hope and Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

He would also like to see a strengthened relationship with UTSA.

“We need to embrace the UTSA downtown campus and embrace their master plan and bring in dormitories and things that support college life in that district," said Cardenas.

John Carlos Garcia ran in 2009 against incumbent David Medina.

If elected, he wants to tackle crime such as gang activity and prostitution in District 5 as well as focus on senior citizens.

“It’s time for the rest of us to pick up the slack and demand that we give our seniors what they deserve- a quality life and quality meals,” Garcia said.

That’s something Medina says he is already working on. Several projects are in the works for District 5, says Medina, including continued improvements to parks and recreation areas as well as economic development.

"We've been making progress in a significant way and with our administration we have the experience- which is very important at city hall- to be able to continue in the right direction," he said.

Candidate Ricardo Briones,if elected, plans to focus on concrete improvements throughout the district.

"The infrastructure, streets, sidewalks, drainage- its pretty bad,” Briones said. “I think we definitely need to fight for a larger piece of the pie among funding."

Candidate Shirley Gonzales wants to enhance transportation and “walkability” within District 5 as well as safety.

She echoed a sentiment many candidates shared Tuesday about Medina, who did not attend the Chamber’s forum.

“As I’m meeting with my residents in my neighborhood, I’m finding that we've had a very unresponsive council member,” she said.

Medina says he was unable to attend the forum because of a scheduling conflict in which he was meeting with neighborhood leaders of District 5.

Frank Ramirez is also on the ballot. KSAT 12 News tried to contact him numerous times Tuesday, but he could not be reached.

Election Day is May 11 and early voting begins April 29. For more on the upcoming election, visit Bexar County's Election Page

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