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Council members begin filing for interim mayor

Group will select interim leader July 22

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SAN ANTONIO – Monday marked the beginning of the filing period for San Antonio City Council members wishing to serve as interim mayor.

The group will select one of its members to serve out the rest of Mayor Julian Castro's term. Castro has been confirmed to become the next Housing and Urban Development Secretary.

"There is plenty of ability and leadership among the council to ensure, from the big issues to the small issues in front of us, that San Antonio will continue to be well represented," Castro said.

Members have until 5 p.m. July 16 to submit a letter of intent to the City Clerk's Office. The group will hold a special meeting July 22 to select the interim mayor.

As of Monday evening KSAT 12 received confirmation that District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg and District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez had submitted their letters of intent.

District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales,  and District 7 Councilman Cris Medina will seek the position, but have yet to submit their letters of intent.

District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher has drafted a letter, but has not decided whether he will seek the position.

District 9 Councilman Joe Krier is expected to make his decision on Tuesday.

It is unknown whether District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal wants the job.

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldana and District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran have both said they will not seek the position.