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Chick-fil-A and the San Antonio City Council Election

The original City Council vote against allowing Chick-fil-A a lease at the San Antonio Airport was 6 to 4 with one abstention.

Thursday, April 18th they voted 6-5 against revisiting the vote on April 18.

Recorded Votes of the city council members, the original question whether to allow Chick-fil-A to be one of the restaurants to lease in the San Antonio Airport terminal, and then on revisiting that vote:

District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino:
Against Chick-fil-A,     Against revisiting vote

District 2 Councilman Art A. Hall:
For Chick-fil-A,                           Against revisiting vote

District 3 Councilman Rebecca Viagran:
Abstained,                       For revisiting vote

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldana:
Against Chick-fil-A,               Against revisiting vote

District 5 Councilman Shirley Gonzalez:
Against Chick-fil-A,     Against revisiting vote

District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse: For Chick-fil-A,            For revisiting vote (brought the motion to revisit)

District 7 Councilman Ana Sandoval:
Against Chick-fil-A,            Against revisiting vote

District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez:
Against Chick-fil-A,           For revisiting vote

District 9 Councilman John Courage:
For Chick-fil-A,                    For revisiting vote

District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry:
For Chick-fil-A,                For revisiting vote

Mayor Ron Nirenberg:
Against Chick-fil-A,           Against revisiting vote (broke tie)

Photo taken by Janice Flowers of the vote at the meeting:

The April 18, 2019 San Antonio City Council meeting:

The rules were read—they would vote only to reconsider the previous vote.

The council members then voted, and the motion to reconsider failed.

Mark Dorazio judges that approximately 25% of the audience then walked out of the meeting in response.

In attendance at the city council meeting to support Chick-fil-A were many pastors, including:

John Hagee – Cornerstone Church
Dr. Ed Newton – Community Bible Church (CBC)
Mike Sparrow – C12
Steve Branson – Village Parkway Baptist Church
Gene Loeffler – River of Life Church
Charles Flowers – Faith Outreach

Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values held a press conference on the steps of the Texas Capitol the day before, and stated that 70 businesses will be pulling out of San Antonio, due to the unfriendly environment the city council has created.

All of the city council members are up for re-election next month, as well as Mayor Ron Nirenberg (being challenged by Councilman Greg Brockhouse and seven others).

In District 1, liberal incumbent councilman Roberto Trevino is being challenged by eight candidates, including one who would be a great improvement, Justin Holley, plus an ambitious young man who attended Republican meetings when he ran for offices before, Brad Kessler.

District 2 councilman Art Hall is not on the ballot again. Eight candidates are running in that race, including Republican precinct chair Denise Gutierrez-Homer.

In District 3, Rebecca Viagran has one challenger, Liz Campos.

District 4 Councilman Rey Saldana is not seeking reelection, and well-known Republican Johnny Arredondo is among the five candidates running for the seat in that hard Democrat district. The odds are stacked against him.

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales has four opponents, but none of merit. Gonzales said irritably on the news last night that she and the rest of city council have more important things to vote on, like peoples’ safety, than to spend time on Chick-fil-A or any businesses.

Since Greg Brockhouse isn’t running again in District 6 because he is challenging the mayor, Andy Greene, a longtime staffer in that office, is the best candidate out of the four running.

In District 7, Trevor Whitney, a young man who served in the Marines, is the best candidate out of the three challenging incumbent Ana Sandoval.

District 8 used to be Republican until Ron Nirenberg won the seat before moving on to the mayor’s role. Here Democrat Manny Pelaez is being challenged by two candidates, and Tony Valdivia, a libertarian who works at USAA, is likely the best option out of the three.

Well-known conservative activist Patrick Von Dohlen is one of three candidates challenging the avowed socialist, incumbent District 9 councilman John Courage. Courage was a surprise first-time winner last time around in a runoff, having run for multiple offices before, including in the Democrat primary for Texas SD 25 in 2012. Courage is endorsed by the Sierra Club, the AFL-CIO, and “Our Revolution.” He wants to institute a city-wide minimum wage to improve our city economy.

District 10 has the only known Republican on the council, first-term incumbent Clayton Perry. His voting record for his first term has not been bold or flawless from a conservative perspective, but better than most of city council. Reinette King, a very conservative Republican who has run for office before, is one of the four women challenging him.

The incumbent mayor, Ron Nirenberg, campaigned as a “fiscal conservative” when he first ran for city council District 8. Evidence of fiscal conservatism hard to identify in the time he’s been in office, first as a councilman and now as mayor. He became mayor in a hotly contested race against the more conservative incumbent mayor, Ivy Taylor.  Former mayor Julian Castro endorsed Nirenberg in that race, as did his mother, Rosie Castro, and Sierra Club of Texas. Christian Archer, the manager of County Judge Nelson Wolff’s campaign, Joaquin Castro’s first congressional campaign, Julian Castro’s mayoral campaigns, the “Go Vote No” against propositions A, B & C campaign, the “Pre-K 4 SA” campaign, Pete Gallegos’ campaign against Peter Flores, and major Beto O’Rourke supporter, was Ron Nirenberg’s campaign manager.

Nirenberg has eight opponents in the race, including District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse. Nirenberg has the most powerful and well-funded political machine in San Antonio behind him.