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Castillo, Lopez in runoff to be new face of District 5 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – Two new faces are vying to be the primary new District 5 City Council member in eight years.

Current Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales is finishing her last and fourth time period in office, leaving her seat (*5*) open. Teri Castillo and Rudy Lopez completed on the head of an 11-way race to substitute Gonzales in the May 6 municipal election with 2,077 and 991 votes, respectively.

Since neither gained a majority of the votes, they’re squaring off in a runoff election on June 5.

Castillo, a substitute instructor and neighborhood organizer for housing affordability and well being care, believes that she has the expertise that may assist her enact change.


“I’ve had one-on-one conversations with every city council member to push policy. So I know what it takes. I understand all the nuances of how the city runs,” Castillo mentioned.

Castillo mentioned the district’s subpar infrastructure is an enormous situation for her, as is healthier funding for packages that may profit the district’s “established communities,” such because the Under 1 Roof program, which replaces certified householders’ roofs.

“The reality is that property in District 5 for real estate investors is really cheap. For the established communities, it’s becoming very expensive. So in order to ensure that our community gets to enjoy all these new amenities coming to the district, that we stabilize our neighborhoods” Castillo mentioned.

Lopez sees enhanced senior companies as the largest situation for the district, via after-school packages, higher infrastructure, and public security – via higher response occasions and good neighborhood engagement – additionally made his record.


We need to be taking care of our seniors. If that includes affordable housing, if that includes COVID relief, if that involves helping grandparents that are raising their grandkids now,” he mentioned.

Lopez is a former civilian worker with the San Antonio Police Department, however it’s his time with the Thompson Neighborhood Association – 4 years as vice-president and 4 years as president – that he thinks offers him the sting in expertise.

“I’ve proven over the years that I can do the job,” Lopez mentioned. “I’ve worked on development projects. I’ve worked at bringing in new playgrounds in our park, worked on drainage programs and trying to bring streets and sidewalks in to my neighborhood already.”

The new candidates differed on Proposition B in the May election. Though the trouble to repeal law enforcement officials’ collective bargaining energy failed in the citywide vote, a precinct-by-precinct breakdown reveals that it did properly in a lot of District 5.


To Castillo, who supported Prop B, that reveals residents “care about police accountability,” which she believes will convey them out to the poll field for the runoff, too.

Lopez agreed that the District 5 residents need accountability, however he believes that ought to occur via negotiations with the police union.

“I don’t think we needed to go through Prop B to do that. I think that we just needed the citizens to be heard,” Lopez mentioned.

The District 5 race is one of 5 council races going to a runoff election on Jun. 5. Early voting started Monday and can run via Tuesday, Jun. 1, with the exception of Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31.

You can learn extra about how Castillo, Uresti, and different candidates in the Jun. 5 runoff responded to questionnaires about their stances HERE.


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