Mayoral Race Review

April 19, 2017

 

 

Strenths: 

 

Over 25 years of Public Service; Elected to City Council; Appointed by peers to Mayor; Elected by the people to Mayor; First African-American to be elected Mayor in a majority Minority city; Best minority business participation in the history of San Antonio; Asian-American and Hispanic American businesses performed at higher rates of participation than ever before;  African-American businesses achieved more in construction, architecture and engineering, professional services and other services than any other year in the history of the city.   Fought to recruit the NAACP national Convention for 2018; and National Society for Black Engineers for 2018.  Strong symbol and voice of the Christian religious community.

 

Weakness:

 

LGBTQ community at odds with her progress; Police-Community Relations are unpredictable nationwide.

 

Opportunity:  

 

D2 Community leaders continue to engage the Mayor on their issues with the rest of San Antonio.  We have a seat at the table with Mayor Taylor's re-election.

 

Threats:  

 

Texas Legislative bills such as SB6 have been obstacles to threaten city mayor progress in the area of growing tourism.  The Mayor prefers City Rights position versus having Texas determine local rules.

 

City Accomplishments:   

 

Taylor was integral to bringing millions in federal grant money to the East Side when she was councilwoman, which have resulted in the new East Meadows housing development.  As Mayor balanced three city budgets, passage of the Vista Ridge water pipeline contract, the arrival of Google Fiber, the execution of a deal to keep ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft in San Antonio, the adoption of the SA Tomorrow comprehensive plan, the launch of an annual housing summit and the negotiation of a new police union contract after a years-long stalemate.  After Obama's encouragement of city leaders to initiate My Brother's Keeper Initiative, Taylor ran with it and her vision to encourage young men of color is working to change the narrative in challenging neighborhoods to give young men of color opportunities with MBKSA.

 

 

Strengths:  

 

Elected to City Council, District 8 in 2013;  His mentor is former Mayor Phil Hardberger.

 

Weakness:  

 

Rookie politician (still in his first four years of public service); Not proven to achieve any level of consensus building on the City Council; Went out of his way to endorse incumbent NEISD Board of Trustee against very qualified African American candidate; Rallied to support confederate school in NEISD in favor of keeping Robert E. Lee High School versus siding with student led protest by Kayla Wilson; Not vocal on any type of issues impacting African Americans in businesses; Favors tax increases and partners with deep-pocketed developers; Proposed the $23 million land bridge at Hardberger Park on the North Side - failed to see the opportunity to uplift the East Side that desperately needs sidewalks and street repairs; Attacked by the San Antonio Family Association and dis-invited to the Christian Business Chamber of Commerce meeting in 2016 because he clashed with their Christian values.

 

Opportunity:  

 

Slim to none for community leaders and residence of D2; his current District staff lacks racial diversity so why would that change as Mayor?   

 

Threats:  

 

If he loses, Nirenberg continues to be in opposition of the city mayor and his city council peers for most items that appear on the agenda.  He will represent San Antonio as the elected Vice Chairman of Sister Cities International starting in 2018.

 

City Accomplishments: 

 

Nothing major as Councilman; the impact for city accomplishments is typically credited to the Mayor's leadership.

 

 

Strengths:  

 

Self-funded campaign;  Threatens to clean-up San Antonio Government with the removal of the City Manager - Sheryl Sculley; Secured typical Democrat labor unions for endorsements.

 

Weakness: 

 

No previous government experience; Represents the head of the Democratic party in a nonpartisan race; Uses Lulac Attorney friends to wage war against adversaries; Perception he picked favorites as Democratic Party Chairman; attacked and displayed very poor treatment against former HD-120 African-American Texas State Representative Laura Thompson.  Threatens to clean-up San Antonio Government with the removal of the City Manager - Sheryl Sculley which may result in city losing triple bond rating, and other.

 

Opportunity:  

 

Some open doors if Medina wins - those Blacks who followed him from the HD-120 Elect Barbara Hawkins-Gervin campaign. May be a national big voice if elected to discuss immigration rights;  Medina's campaign focus is not on D2 per se... other areas and other Hispanic leaders may take the front seat with a Medina victory.

 

Threats: 

 

Medina is a major threat and risk to the conservative North Side.   If he loses, Medina continues to lead the Democratic Party of Bexar County and make lots of money as a consultant.

 

City Accomplishments:  

 

If being the Bexar County Democratic Party Chairman counts, then the overall impressive victories during the 2016 elections do count for moving the state of Texas toward Democrat blue (favorable assuming your not a Republican)

 

 

 

 

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