San Antonio Elects New Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Council Members

Jun 10, 2017

San Antonio City Hall is headed in a new direction.  Saturday night District 8 Councilmember Ron Nirenberg upset incumbent Mayor Ivy Taylor, after a runoff campaign that pitted Nirenberg’s promise of a more responsive, inclusive government against Taylor’s message that the city’s on strong footing with a new police contract, bond package and improved public safety.

San Antonio Mayor-Elect Ron Nirenberg at his victory party.
Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Voters also rejected another incumbent, District 2 Councilmember Alan Warrick in favor of William Cruz Shaw, a criminal defense attorney, 56%-44%.  They once again elected District 1 Councilmember Roberto Trevino, and chose four new council members running in open districts.

Texas Public Radio aired the following wrap up of election results with candidate reaction and interviews from reporters at the campaigns. 

 

10:10 p.m.

As of 10 p.m., 100 percent of the precincts have been counted. Results are as follows: 

  • Mayor: Challenger Ron Nirenberg (54.59 percent) won over incumbent Ivy Taylor (45.41 percent)
  • District 1: Incumbent Roberto Treviño (51.68 percent) won against challenger Michael Montaño (48.32 percent)
  • District 2: Challenger William "Cruz" Shaw (56.36 percent) won against incumbent Alan Warrick (43.64 percent)
  • District 6: Greg Brockhouse (52.65 percent) won against Melissa Cabello Havrda (47.58 percent)
  • District 8: Manny Pelaez (55.07 percent) won against Cynthia Brehm (44.93 percent)
  • District 9: John Courage (52.65 percent) won against Marco Barros (47.35 percent)
  • District 10: Clayton Perry (53.09 percent) won against Ezra Johnson (46.91 percent)  

9:30 p.m.

Updates from the Bexar County Elections Department published at 9:26 p.m show that 75 percent of the precincts have been counted. 

New District 2 council member William "Cruz" Shaw with supporters during his watch party at Tony G's Soul Food.
Credit Louisa Jonas / Texas Public Radio

Results have been finalized for the following districts: District 1 incumbent Roberto Treviño will return to city council, winning with 52 percent.

William "Cruz" Shaw won District 2 over incumbent Alan Warrick with 56 percent of the vote. Texas Public Radio's Louisa Jonas reports that Cruz gave his acceptance speech with tears in his eyes to a packed house and cheering crowd at Tony G's Soul Food.

Clayton Perry won the District 10 open seat with 53 percent of the vote over Ezra Johnson. 

9:00 p.m.

Incumbent Mayor Ivy Taylor concedes the race at Sunset Station with husband Rodney by her side.
Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

 

Mayor Ivy Taylor has conceded to Ron Nirenberg, who won with 54 percent of the vote. In a live interview, Nirenberg told Texas Public Radio that his priority is to help acclimate the San Antonio city council, which will welcome five new members. 

Updates from the Bexar County Elections Department published at 8:40 p.m show that 75 percent of the precincts have been counted.

  • District 1: Incumbent Roberto Treviño (51.80 percent) ahead of challenger Michael Montaño (48.20 percent)
  • District 2: Challenger William "Cruz" Shaw (56.53 percent) ahead of incumbent Alan Warrick (43.47 percent)
  • District 6: Greg Brockhouse (52.47 percent) ahead of Melissa Cabello Havrda (47.53 percent)
  • District 8: Manny Pelaez (55.64 percent) ahead of Cynthia Brehm (44.36 percent)
  • District 9: John Courage (52.71 percent) ahead of Marco Barros (47.29 percent)
  • District 10: Clayton Perry (53.88 percent) ahead of Ezra Johnson (46.12 percent)  

8:30 p.m.

Updates from the Bexar County Elections Department published at 8:25 p.m show that 51 percent of the precincts have been counted. Nirenberg continues to lead Taylor with 54 percent of the vote.

District 2 Candidate Will "Cruz" Shaw told Texas Public Radio that he is still waiting to declare victory despite his solid lead of 56 percent over incumbent Alan Warrick. 

8:15 p.m.

Updates from the Bexar County Elections Department published at 8:10 p.m show that 25 percent of the precincts and 43 percent of total voter turnout have been counted.

  • Mayor: Challenger Ron Nirenberg (53.95 percent) ahead of incumbent Ivy Taylor (46.05 percent)
  • District 1: Incumbent Roberto Treviño (52.87 percent) ahead of challenger Michael Montaño (47.13 percent)
  • District 2: Challenger William "Cruz" Shaw (56.29 percent) ahead of incumbent Alan Warrick (43.71 percent)
  • District 6: Greg Brockhouse (53.58 percent) ahead of Melissa Cabello Havrda (46.42 percent)
  • District 8: Manny Pelaez (55.87 percent) ahead of Cynthia Brehm (44.13 percent)
  • District 9: John Courage (52.29 percent) ahead of Marco Barros (47.71 percent)
  • District 10: Clayton Perry (54.69 percent) ahead of Ezra Johnson (45.31 percent)  

7:50 p.m.

Mayor Ivy Taylor has arrived at her watch party at Sunset Station. Taylor has declined to comment to press but told TPR's Joey Palacios: "Night's still young," in reference to early voting numbers showing that Taylor is trailing by 7 points.

7:06 p.m.

TPR launched tonight's live coverage shortly after the polls closed and early vote totals were released. Tune in for live coverage and analysis by TPR News Director Shelley Kofler and All Things Considered host Steve Short.

Out in the field are "The Source" show Host David Martin Davies who is stationed with the Ron Nirenberg camp, City Hall reporter Joey Palacios with Ivy Taylor's campaign and reporter Louisa Jonas is the watch party for District 2 incumbent Alan Warrick.

7:01 p.m.

The polls closed at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 and the results for early voting have been announced by the Bexar County Elections Department. 

A total of 69, 488 votes were cast during the early voting period from May 30 to June 2. For the mayoral race, city council member Ron Nirenberg has the lead over incumbent Ivy Taylor with 53.8 percent of the early vote.

Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies is at the Nirenberg campaign headquarters on Broadway. 

At 6:50 p.m. Saturday, Supporters of mayoral candidate Ron Nirenberg wait at the campaign's headquarters on Broadway. The site has been used previously by mayors Hardberger and Castro for their own mayoral campaigns.
Credit David Martin Davies / Texas Public Radio

Original Post: 

What began with 14 San Antonio mayoral candidates will be decided tonight when votes are counted in the runoff race between incumbent Mayor Ivy Taylor and District 8 councilman Ron Nirenberg. 

San Antonio voters are also deciding six out of the 10 city council races that advanced to runoff elections.

Tune into Texas Public Radio 89.1 beginning at 7 p.m. for live results and analysis from our reporters at campaign watch parties.  Keep an eye on tpr.org for our election night blog, and tweet your insights at #SAVotes.

Polls are open until 7 p.m.  A list of polling locations can be found here.  There’s more information on the Bexar County Elections site. 

And if you’re still trying to decide who should get your support, check out our video profiles of Taylor and Nirenberg and TPR’s mayoral runoff debate posted below.  

Need help deciding who to vote for in council elections?  Listen to our in-depth interviews with city council runoff candidates from TPR's  "The Source" : 

View Texas Public Radio's April mayoral debate and profiles on the runoff candidates below: