Changing Political Winds in S.A.?

By Bill O’Neil

Are the results of the Saturday runoff elections a sign of a political shift in the Alamo City?

Former Mayor Julian Castro seems to think so.

“Nobody ever would have expected a year ago that an outright Democrat like John Courage could win in District 9” Castro said.

The former Mayor, who threw his support in the Mayor’s Race behind challenger Ron Nirenberg said the results sent a very strong message.

“It showed very clearly that calling someone a liberal in this city is not a bad thing” Castro said, adding “This is not a city of right wing talk radio and the conservative crowd. You see that in the Mayor’s Race, you saw that in District 7, you saw that in District 9.”

Castro also pointed to Democrat Ezra Johnson’s strong showing in District 10–traditionally the most conservative Council District in San Antonio.

“Any way you slice it… that’s a very strong statement that people want folks who are independent, they want people who are dedicated to clean government–and they want folks who are more progressive than we’re used to” Castro said.

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