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Castro Wins, Ozuna Ousted

by Elizabeth Ruiz

He had six challengers, but Mayor Julian Castro easily won a third term with more than 66 percent of the votes in the San Antonio city elections Saturday.

City Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna was ousted by small business owner Rebecca Viagran.

"The community came out and they worked hard. I'm just so proud," Viagran told 550 KTSA News.

Ozuna was appointed in January of 2012 to fill the unexpired term of Jennifer Ramos, who resigned to run for Bexar County Commissioner.

Viagran vows to be more accessible to constituents in District 3.

"To bring everyone into the fold, from the new precincts, to those who feel they've been ignored," she said.

District 5 Councilman David Medina is in a runoff against pawn shop owner Shirley Gonzales.

The two-term councilman got more than 38 percent of the votes, while Gonzales finished with 31 percent.

"We're looking forward to the race. We're embracing it and we know exactly what we need to do," he said.

Medina was plagued by attacks on his poor attendance record at city council meetings, but he told 550 KTSA News, he's the better candidate.

"I have four years of experience serving District 5 and I have worked to serve this community in a way that has reduced the crime rate by about 10 percent," he said.

In district 8 where Reed Williams chose not to seek re-election, there'll be a runoff between Ron Nirenberg and Rolando Briones.

Nirenberg got 49 percent of the votes and Briones finished with 45 percent.

Briones was the subject of numerous attacks, including his firing several years ago by the San Antonio Water System.

He says he'll stick to the issues.

"I want this to be a race my family can be proud of. We're in control of what we can do and that's our commitment in this race," said Briones.

He expressed disappointment in a low voter turnout Saturday.

"It's always sad to see that there aren't more people involved in the process," he said.

Briones says he'll work to get more people to the polls for the June 15th runoff election.

Elisa Chan has won a third term in district 9.

That's despite a recent controversy over a land purchase for a new city library adjacent to property owned by her firm. Chan originally failed to disclose that information to her colleages and the council last month rescinded the vote on the land purchase.

Chan says the "people of District 9 have spoken" by giving her 79 percent of the votes in Saturday's election.

She says basic services are her priority

"Public safety and infrastructure, but also to make sure that the city of San Antonio continues to have a very vibrant economic climate," she said.

Chan told 550 KTSA News that she'll continue to be an independent voice on the city council against wasteful spending.

District 2 councilwoman Ivy Taylor is going back for a third term after handily winning her race with 66 percent of the votes.

In district 4, Rey Saldana had the largest margin of victory with 84 percent. District 6 councilman Ray Lopez got nearly 57 percent and in District 7, Cris Medina won with more than 57 percent.

District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules won re-election with 75 percent.

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