SAN ANTONIO – 11 p.m. update:
The race for San Antonio City Council District 5 is head to a runoff election.
Teri Castillo led the race for the council seat throughout the night, but did not reach a majority of votes needed to avoid a runoff election. She finished the night with 30.65% of the vote, or 2,073 ballots, as of 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Castillo will be joined in the runoff by Rudy Lopez, the second-place finisher of the race, who earned 14.65% of the vote or 991 ballots.
The runoff election will be held on June 5, 2021.
Norberto "Geremy" Landin
Irma G. Barron
Jesse "Jay" Alaniz
(243 / 243)
One of the more packed races for voters to decide on May 1 is San Antonio City Council District 5.
Part of the reason for that is that incumbent Councilmember Shirley Gonzales has hit the limit of four two-year terms and will not be on the ballot. Eleven candidates are vying to replace her.
The district, located west of downtown, encompasses the original 36 square miles of San Antonio and includes many historic neighborhoods.
In the race for San Antonio City Council District 5, are the candidates below as they will appear on the May 1 ballot:
- Anthony Gres
- Jason Mata
- Ray Garza
- Irma G. Barron
- Teri Castillo
- David Yañez
- Marie Crabb
- Rudy Lopez
- Norberto “Geremy” Landin
- Ricardo Moreno
- Jesse “Jay” Alaniz
Norberto Geremy Landin, who is the vice president of operations for STAAMP Allergy, has raised the most money in the race. Terri Castillo, a housing organizer who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, trails closely behind him, finance records showed.
But this race also features current and former members of Harlandale ISD’s board of trustees, Ricardo Moreno and Jesse “Jay” Alaniz.
With no clear frontrunner in this race, it is likely to go to a runoff, which occurs when no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote. In that case, the top two candidates would face off in a runoff election on June 5.
“District 5 is home to some of the city’s most historic and beautiful sites. It has a unique culture kept alive by vibrant resident neighbors,” Gonzales says on the district’s city page. “Our neighborhoods have the grid design to cost-effectively provide sustainable infrastructure, parks, walkability, bike lanes, accessible public transit, and traffic calming streets.”
Recently, Gonzales has been encouraging residents of her district to participate in the city’s Police Services Review Process Virtual Community Meetings. The virtual sessions are meant to collect area expectations of the role of police in the community and explore alternatives to certain 911 calls for service.
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