Mayor's race heating up with 2 more potential candidates

Ron Nirenberg, Manuel Medina possible additions to race

By Garrett Brnger - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - While standing on the front steps of City Hall Wednesday, Mayor Ivy Taylor got a big endorsement from her Bexar County counterpart, Judge Nelson Wolff.

"I really would like to continue the partnership and am glad he recognizes that as well," Taylor said.

While Taylor is shoring up support, potential challengers are getting ready themselves. A source said District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg plans to enter the race, and Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman Manuel Medina is now poised to jump in, too.

"I think we need a new mayor and a new direction here in San Antonio," Medina said. "I am almost certain to run, but I am still doing my homework, still listening to voters, and by the end of this month I'll make my decision."

By then, it could be a three-way contest. Nirenberg has scheduled an announcement about his plans for Saturday morning. In the meantime, he's keeping quiet.

"I know there's been a lot of speculation about the future of the city and what my role will be in it moving forward, and so we're hoping to put all that speculation to rest. So come out on Saturday," Nirenberg told reporters at a town hall meeting Monday.

Though challengers are on the horizon, Taylor said Wednesday she feels her chances are "very strong."

"I'll be communicating to voters about my record of achievements and accomplishment and the leadership I've provided, and I'm confident in the voters' analysis of that," Taylor said.

None of the three are official candidates, though. They can announce their campaign whenever they want, but they'll need to wait until the filing period between Jan. 18 and Feb. 17 to officially enter the race.

The municipal general and bond election will take place May 6.

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