Your Questions Answered: San Antonio City Council District 8 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 8 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 8 candidates:

  • Manny Pelaez
  • Tony Valdivia
  • Frankie Gonzales-Wolfe

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/KSAT.com readers followed by the answers from the candidates:

District 8 Candidates Questions:

  • A total of 49 votes were received.
  • Top vote recipients:
  1. "If the Chik-fil-A airport issue were to come up again, would you vote for or against Chik-fil-A and why?" - Submitted by John Wallace (24 votes)
    • Manny Pelaez: "LAST WEEK I VOTED TO BRING BACK THE CHICK-FIL-A ITEM BACK FOR A VOTE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE REST OF CITY COUNCIL DID NOT AGREE WITH THAT REQUEST."
  2. "For the past 9 years IH10 has been under some construction. It now takes 20-45 minutes to travel the 5-10 miles to get inside loop 1604. We have been given timeframes that have come and gone with no relief in sight and new projects popping up. Whats the realistic timeframe." - Submitted by Aja Piña (15 votes)
    • Manny Pelaez: "THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT IS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE STATE AND MANAGED BY TXDOT. WHILE WE WORK CLOSELY WITH OUR COLLEAGUES AT THE STATE LEVEL, ULTIMATELY, WE HAVE NO RESPONSIBILITY OR OVERSIGHT WHEN IT COMES TO TIME FRAMES."
  3. "Tony Valdivia: considering your platform on deregulation of the utilities in San Antonio, what plan of action do you have to regenerate the potential loss of income the City receives from its asset, CPS Energy (14% monthly), should deregulation occur?" - Submitted by Mandy (10 votes)
    • Manny Pelaez: "SAN ANTONIO IS BLESSED TO OWN ITS UTILITIES. MOST APPRECIATE THAT THE 14% HELPS OFFSET THE COST OF CITY SERVICES, NEW ROADS, DRAINAGE, EMERGENCY RESPONSE, POLICE SALARIES, AND PARK MAINTENANCE. DIVESTING OURSELF OF OUR UTILITIES WOULD PRESENT US WITH A TERRIBLE CHOICE. DO WE DRAMATICALLY REDUCE SERVICES TO TAX PAYERS OR DO WE INCREASE TAX RATES? IF WE WERE TO DEREGULATE, THAT 14% WOULD END UP IN THE POCKETS OF OUT-OF-TOWN CORPORATE INTERESTS THAT WOULD NOT INVEST IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND WELLBEING.  THE REAL QUESTION WE OUGHT TO BE ASKING IS, “WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO SAFEGUARD OUR UTILITIES SO THAT THEY CONTINUE TO BE BEST IN CLASS AND SO THAT THEY WELL POSITIONED TO KEEP PACE WITH OUR COMMUNITY’S GROWING NEEDS?"

Here is a list of other questions that were submitted.

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