Mike Villarreal

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Friends have described him as driven.  He describes himself as a wonk who doesn’t like to delegate. Texas Public Radio continues our look at qualities the leading candidates for San Antonio Mayor would bring to the job, by making an early morning stop at the home of Mike Villarreal.  (Watch video produced with NowCastSA below.)

“All right Marcos let’s go.  Marcos.  Let’s go.”

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

Mike Villarreal has launched the first TV ads in the race for San Antonio mayor. 

It was an effort that took three days of taping in more than two dozen locations around the city.

On a sidewalk outside his campaign headquarters on South Alamo, Former State Rep. Mike Villarreal takes his position as the director shouts, “Mark it.  And action.”

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

  With less than three weeks to early voting, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor is increasingly taking aim at the perceived front-runner who’s competing to unseat her in the May 9 election.

Taylor  has joined other mayoral candidates in attacking Former State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte for transferring $300,000 from her state campaign accounts to her mayoral war chest, and with delaying a police contract agreement.

Ryan Lloyd / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio mayoral candidate Mike Villarreal is accusing rival Leticia Van de Putte of violating the city’s campaign finance law and says he plans to file a formal ethics complaint with the city.

Her campaign says she's done nothing wrong.

The three highest profile candidates running for San Antonio mayor squared off in their first debate Saturday. It was sponsored by the Asian-American Alliance of San Antonio.  If elected in May, each candidate promised to resolve the contentious issue of the police and firefighters’ contracts.