When you vote in a San Antonio city election, you’re special, because 90% of people don’t.
But this runoff election, Saturday, June 8, 2019, and the next few elections after it, are going to matter to 100% of us.
When I moved here 25 years ago, I was part of a nationwide trend. I was leaving a region (the Northeast) that was bleeding population.
In cities like San Antonio and other parts of the American Southwest, it wasn’t just the weather that was better. The local economies, the regulatory state, taxes—it was a no-brainer to come on down. As I researched, it seemed EVERYTHING was better.
Moving to San Antonio in 1994 was a safe, smart decision.
Now, we all have a new decision to make.
Is San Antonio going to continue to be a city that producers of wealth and value move TO, or does it become a place they move FROM?
Will we continue to be the refuge for those fleeing the higher tax, unsustainable liberal nightmares?
Or will our reputation flip?
When I first arrived, a common local news story would involve the then-mayor and one or more of his council colleagues junketing to other cities, touting the advantages of San Antonio as a great place to do business and raise a family.
Today’s mayor and council? When they take a trip, it’s more likely to be studying-up on the Big Brothery socialism of a Portland or to pledge us to some junk science climate scheme.
Not only does the current City Hall crowd not chase after business or try to attract it, but they cut notches in their belt when they kill business prospects, like the 2020 RNC or Amazon (although there are reasonable arguments to be made on both sides of that one).
If you want a hint of what’s coming, consider how many San Antonians now call places like Schertz, San Marcos, Boerne and New Braunfels home.
In just a few short years, we’ve gone from a sign reading “Open For Business!” to one that reads “Keep Your Christian Chicken Sandwiches Outta the Airport!”
Take it from those of us who moved here: we left places we loved, but that were…losing the race.
San Antonio, you’ve got a chance in this election, and the next few, to stay a winner.