San Antonio City Council District 9
 heading to runoff election

John Courage faces off against 4 candidates in the race for District 9

San Antonio City Council District 9 heads to a runoff election between John Courage and Patrick Von Dohlen. (Copyright 2021 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO11 p.m. update:

The Race for San Antonio City Council District 9 appears headed to a runoff election.

John Courage led the race for the council seat all night but was unable to clear the majority needed to avoid a runoff. Courage pulled in about 47%, or 11,641 votes.

Courage will be joined in the runoff by the second-place finisher, Patrick Von Dohlen, who tallied 36%, or 8,859 votes.

The runoff election will be held on June 5, 2021.




John Courage*
Patrick Von Dohlen
Erika Moe
Antonio Salinas
Cory W. Dennington
100% of Precincts Reporting

(243 / 243)


Councilmember John Courage faces four challengers in the race for San Antonio City Council District 9.

District 9 includes the northern part of the city — north of Loop 410 and straddling U.S. 281. It includes parts of Stone Oak but excludes Hollywood Park and Hill Country Village, which are suburbs not in San Antonio’s city limits.

Courage, who was first elected to serve on the council in 2017, came to San Antonio for basic training after enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1971, according to his biography on the District 9 webpage.

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In the race for San Antonio City Council District 9, are the candidates below as they will appear on the May 1 ballot:

  • Cory W. Dennington
  • Erika Moe
  • Patrick Von Dohlen
  • Antonio Salinas
  • John Courage

Patrick Von Dohlen, a financial planner, ran against Courage in 2019 and pulled 40% of the vote, but that wasn’t enough to force Courage, who got 53%, into a runoff. A one-on-one runoff election occurs between the top two vote-getting candidates when no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote.

Erika Moe, an attorney, will also be looking to force Courage into a runoff. In the months leading up to the election, Moe raised more than $20,000 — the second most of any D9 candidate, falling short of Courage by about $10,000.

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Jakob Rodriguez is a digital journalist at KSAT 12. He's a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper, The University Star.