Newly elected council members already getting to work

SA residents voted in new mayor, council members on Saturday

By Stephanie Serna - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio City Council will soon welcome some new faces after this weekend's runoff election.

District 6 Councilman-elect Greg Brockhouse said he was humbled by Saturday's win, but the very next day, he was already thinking about the 155,000 people he'll be representing.

Brockhouse said he plans to fight for public safety, streets and sidewalks and livable wages, so people can provide for their families.

"The biggest, most important thing we can accomplish is to do the job together and put neighborhoods first," Brockhouse said. "I have to try now to work with a team and bring the community together -- those who voted with me and those who voted for my runoff opponent. We have to do what's in the best interest of District 6 and ultimately go out and work as hard as we can for the city Of San Antonio."

District 8 Councilman-elect Manny Pelaez is also ready to start work in his district. In fact, he was already at City Hall on Monday.

Pelaez said he plans to focus on the dramatic rise in property taxes in his district and he also plans on spending the first few months listening and taking in ideas.

"The amount of support that we have gotten is certainly exciting, but I take it very seriously," said Pelaez. "We heard from our constituents loud and clear that traffic and safety is something they want us to start tackling immediately and I'm at City Hall today, even though I don't get sworn in until the 21st. I'm at City Hall working on those issues."

District 10 Councilman-elect Clayton Perry said as the only military retiree on the council, he's looking forward to providing a bridge between the military and the City Council.

He will also focus on transportation but most importantly vandalism, on mail theft and other crime.

"The biggest issue right now is crime," Perry said. "We've had a rising crime rate here in San Antonio and here in District 10. That's what I want to focus on. I want to get the number of policemen up where they should be, so they can patrol out in the neighborhoods and make people feel safe and reduce the crime that's happening."

The official swearing-in date for the new council members is June 21 and their first meeting will be held the following day.

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