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Recommendations: 2017 San Antonio Runoff Election

Early voting has started in San Antonio today for the 2017 Runoff Election leading up to election day on  June 10th. The office of Mayor and six council seats are in play for the 2017-2018 term. It appears this is part of living in San Antonio, the state of Texas and in many areas in America where one election runs into another almost endlessly. You can blame the frequency of elections on the short two year terms of office required by city and state charters not to mention the multiplying number of independent city/communities and unincorporated communities within Bexar County.

Outdoor signs, door to door and phone canvassers, direct mail “push cards”, radio and newspaper advertising will assault San Antonio residents with political campaign effluent along with media shills dishing out puff pieces for favored candidates and assaulting their opponents with demeaning innuendos and outright accusations without giving the unfortunate recipient a fair chance to defend himself. Such are the ways of American-style democracy. It’s not a pretty picture especially during the “silly season” leading up to political elections when the 8th commandment is jettisoned out the window with the virtues of civility, honesty, and Christian charity.

But the matter at hand is the 2017 San Antonio Runoff Election. The outcome on June 10th will result in the new San Antonio City Council that will have at least four new members and at most seven including the mayor’s office.

In my opinion (self disclosure – I work with a non-profit faith-based educational and political action committee in San Antonio), the Alamo Torch has something unique to offer voters from the perspective of vetting candidates on the basis of their moral values, church affiliation, and civic engagement and commitment as well as their professional experience and qualifications for the public leadership position they aspire to.

 The following candidates are recommended in the San Antonio Runoff election on June 10, 2017:

Mayor Ivy Taylor
Council District 1 No Recommendation
Council District 2 No Recommendation
Council District 6 Greg Brockhouse
Council District 8 Cynthia Brehm
Council District 9 Marco Barros
Council District 10 Clayton Perry

The city council in San Antonio desperately needs a balance to help narrow the cultural divisions we’ve come to distinguish between right/left, liberal/conservative, traditional/progressive and so forth. The city’s demographics continue to evolve with San Antonio continuing to be one of the top ten fastest growing cities in the nation bringing in more than 33,000 new residents into the metro area between 2015-2016. The political leaders of San Antonio will continue to have huge challenges in the decades to come. We need mature, experienced, AND wise leaders to guide and manage the exploding growth which has greatly impacted the quality of life of the current residents.

Mayor Ivy Taylor should be re-elected.  She took on a tough job after her successor left office prematurely saddling her with difficult challenges such as the police and firefighters contracts. Ivy has a “heart for the poor and downtrodden” according to one evangelical pastor and friend who shared his views about the mayor. She has been accessible to the Christian community and encourages interfaith leaders to meet the needs of the disadvantaged members of the San Antonio community. As councilwoman she stood strong against the push by Castro and his liberal allies on the council to expand the city’s  anti-discrimination ordinance to include unwarranted protections for a special class based on “sexual orientation and gender identity”. She took a strong leadership stance to torpedo the unpopular  streetcar construction project. She joins the Christian community monthly to pray for the needs of the city, attended and issued a special proclamation during the national day of prayer celebrated last month in front of City Hall. Ivy Taylor needs another chance as mayor to grow in her job and improve in her top dog role as city mayor. With new council members who will support her more conservative agenda (compared to Julian Castro), she can do better next term.

Mr. Greg Brockhouse has exhibited strong leadership skills in working to defeat the costly and disruptive streetcar project, helped lead the taxpayer revolt against the SAWS rate increase in 2016 and city negotiations supporting the San Antonio Police officers. Vote for Greg for councilman representing District 6.

Ms. Cynthia Brehm is bursting with ideas about city issues she’s passionate about – ethics reform, transportation, public safety. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from St. Mary’s University, substantial business experience in marketing and advertising, whose biblically-based values guide her life. Vote for Cynthia Brehm’s election as  Councilwoman for District 8.

Marco Barros’ background leading the San Antonio Tourism Council and his accomplishments in the area of civic engagement is impressive. He is well known in his district with regards to his involvement in organizing youth sports, his church’s mission work in Mexico supporting a shelter for children, and fundraising efforts for the San Antonio Food Bank. A skilled and experienced problem solver, Mr. Barros, we believe,  will add a mature presence on the council and his business acumen can influence a number of council members whose experience fall short in this area. Marco is pro-life and pro-traditional marriage, a fiscal conservative,  staunch advocate for trade and economic development while minimizing government growth. Vote for Marco Barros’ election to City Councilman serving District 9.

Lt. Col. (ret.) Clayton Perry boasts a building construction degree from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in aeronautical technology. He served as an officer in the Air Force as an engineering officer. His experience will be a tremendous asset in monitoring the large number of construction projects in the $850 million San Antonio bond program. His concern for lack of financial accountability in city governance will make him a natural watchdog monitoring city spending. He is a weekly churchgoer at the Concordia Lutheran Church. Vote for Lt. Col. Clayton Perry’s election to City Councilman service District 10.

The recommendations in this Voter Guide are solely the opinions of the Editor of the Alamo Torch. 

Please refer to the voter guides of allied conservative political action committees which collaborate in San Antonio to provide the best VOTER GUIDES for Bexar County. See links below:

                                 TEXAS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE  FOR PUBLIC ADVOCACY

PASTORS PAC

FRIENDS OF SAFA TEXAS

 

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