University offering opportunity to meet and question major candidates in San Antonio’s mayoral election
by Susie P. Gonzalez
Trinity University will hold a debate featuring major candidates in the 2017 mayoral race for the city of San Antonio. The debate will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 6 in Laurie Auditorium on the University campus.
The event will be moderated by longtime San Antonio and Houston journalist Rick Casey and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required for admission.
Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions may be submitted through the registration link or through an online form. A limited number of questions may be posed by audience members in attendance.
Confirmed panelists include current Mayor Ivy Taylor, elected in 2015 after serving as interim mayor when former Mayor Julian Castro vacated the office to accept an appointment by President Barack Obama as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Taylor was the District 2 City Council representative before that. For more information on her plans, visit her campaign website.
Also confirmed is City Councilman Ron Nirenberg ’99, who has represented District 8 on the Northwest Side since 2013. Before his election, he was general manager of Trinity University’s radio station, KRTU-FM 91.7. He also owns two businesses and has volunteered in numerous municipal boards and associations. For more information on his plans, visit his campaign website.
Also confirmed is Manuel Medina, chairman of the Bexar County Democrats. He holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and was a businessman before being leading the county's Democratic party politics, where he is serving his third elected term. For more information on his plans, visit his campaign website.
City elections are nonpartisan in nature. Sponsors of the debate at Trinity are student groups that include the Contemporary, Student Government Association, Forensic Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.
The mayoral election is scheduled for May 6.
Susie P. Gonzalez, senior manager of public relations, can be reached at susie.gonzalez [at] trinity.edu or @susiegonz.