Your Questions Answered: San Antonio City Council District 6 candidates

SAN ANTONIO – Saturday, May 4, 2019, is the general election in San Antonio. All 10 city council district seats will be on the ballot.

This page will offer links to results for the City Council District 6 election in the May 4 San Antonio general election. 

Check back for the results. Go ahead and bookmark this page now so you have it ready on May 4 and 5, and beyond. 

Important Election Dates

Monday, April 22, 2019: FIRST day of Early Voting.  

Friday, April 26, 2019: Holiday - Municipal and County Offices Closed.  

Tuesday, April 30, 2019: LAST day of Early Voting.

Saturday, May 4, 2019: Election Day

San Antonio City Council District 6 candidates:

  • Mario Adame
  • Melissa Cabello Havrda
  • Andy Greene
  • Robert Herrera

Your Questions Answered!

We asked you to submit your questions for the San Antonio mayoral and city council candidates and you delivered. We received more than 300 questions in the last few weeks. We then asked you to vote on the submitted questions to help us select the top ones in each council race that you would like to have the candidates answer.

We sent those questions to the candidates and asked them to answer them by April 23. 

We are posting the answers we have received. They are posted unedited and as they were sent to us from the candidates. If there are candidates not included in the Q&A, it is because they have not responded.

Here are the top questions chosen by KSAT viewers/ readers followed by the answers from the candidates:

District 6 Candidate Questions:

  • A total of 50 votes were received.
  • Top vote recipients:

  • "What will you do to increase response times for our area when it comes to police and fire/ medical emergencies?" - Submitted by Juan Limon (21 votes)
    • Mario Adame: "In order to increase response times by police, fire, and medical emergencies, District 6’s City Councilmember must secure funds to establish more substations. Neighborhood safety will not be overlooked, and in the next two years, I plan to allocate the resources necessary to recruit and train new servicemen and women, as well as secure locations to place substations. San Antonio’s highest need is increase the ratio of police officers and San Antonio Fear Free Environment Unit (SAFFE) officers per 10,000 district residents. I envision a Police Academy Magnet School Program in each of San Antonio’s school districts which provides curriculum beyond basic high school course requirements and presents coursework introducing students to the world of law enforcement and community service through education, training, work, volunteering, and mentoring."
    • Andy Greene: "If there is an occurrence in the northwest part of District 6 (New Guilbeau and Loop 1604 area) that requires a police officer, then response times can be very long if the officer(s) happens to be closer to the Prue Road substation than that area.  Ultimately we need another substation for the west/northwest section of the city and that will take a bond issue to support the cost.  A more immediate answer would be to proactively fill the budgeted positions with trained officers. As to a medical emergency, another fully staffed (all shifts) EMS Unit should be added to a fire station within the District."
  • "Our street corners at almost every single major intersections are overrun with people asking for money, and kids jumping in and out of traffic selling everything and anything for little leagues, etc. What will you do to curb this activity? It is a huge problem!!" - Submitted by Miguel J. Baldearena (15 votes)
    • Mario Adame: "Firstly, we must ask, do sellers have permits to sell at these intersections? If yes, we need to be reasonable and find out if there is an alternative safe location for children and adults to be selling? If sellers do not have a permit, then there is a violation and city code must intervene. I would advocate for league organizers to find safe locations to sell, which may allow for partnerships with local businesses. In our after school program for Lemonade Day, a student-led entrepreneurship curriculum, we seek permission from businesses and city parks/recreation to sell lemonade in front of their establishments. Businesses are proud to support the cause."
    • Andy Greene: "There is an existing current city code ordinance titled "Aggressive solicitation".  It does not seem to be a deterrent to homeless, presumed homeless, youth clubs and other groups when soliciting everything from cash to selling services (windshield cleaning, etc. and water bottles) at a street corner or from the median near an intersection.  The police enforce the ordinance when able, but the courts, etc. generally don't prosecute the case and the cycle begins again. The cycle continues because people continue to give to panhandlers which prompts the panhandler to continue to ask for more.  City Council, County Commissioners, SA Police and the Sheriff's office need to work together and find solutions, because it is ultimately a safety issue for the kids, parents, and other people who accost motorists at busy intersections.  This is something I will pursue if elected."
  • "When code violations go unabated, it tends to cause (or act as a reflection of) an increase in crime. What can district 6 residents expect from you to address code violations and possible corresponding criminal component, thereby, maintaining safety and property values?" - Anonymous submission (5 votes)
    • Mario Adame: "Quality of life needs to be an absolute priority and code violations should not go unabated. I’m interested to know exactly what are the code violations. It could be possible that not every resident knows city codes, and if the resident is aware, does he or she have the means to correct the issue? Furthermore, code violations are given 10 and 14 days to correct, and other violations can take months to correct depending on the court system. Three years ago city council created Code Compliance Assistance fund through a portion of violation paid fees, which helps San Antonio residents who can't afford to bring their homes up to city code. I support such measure. Above all, code and compliance relies heavily on resident input. The Mayor and City Council have expanded request platforms and response time via the 311 San Antonio mobile app. Also, coming soon in the near future is a transparent way for residents to track online the progress of a certain violation. In order to strengthen communities, District 6 must be lead by innovative thinking, transparency, and accountability when working with the compliance department and residents."
    • Andy Greene: "Code officers are continually addressing violations that are both called in by residents and that the Code officer finds while on patrol.  I believe that the public needs to become more educated as to the process and the length of time it takes to cure a violation when a code issue becomes an ongoing case.  Also, if the number of code violations that are documented continues to grow, then more code officers may be required to be added to the staff."
  • Here is a list of other questions that were submitted.