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It’s True: Every Vote Counts

Chris Eudaily
TPR News

Early voting is happening right now in the runoff election between Alan Warrick and Keith Toney for the District 2 San Antonio City Council seat. And this is an election where every single vote will count. In two days of early voting so far, the Bexar County Elections Office has shown that 215 people have showed up to the polls.

Warrick is the bowtie-wearing businessman who has walked the streets, held his sign on street corners, and talked to people about his stance on issues like infrastructure problems on the East Side.

“There’s no drainage over here, standing water, and when it floods it’s the worst here on the East Side,” Warrick stated in an interview with TPR in late November. “It’s just not necessary [to focus on infrastructural change] because we're a thriving city, we’re a growing city. Economic revenues are growing, everything's growing in San Antonio. People are moving here every day and it's not the face we want to put out.”

Keith Toney was appointed to the council when Ivy Taylor moved over to the mayor's chair earlier this year.

One of his main focal points is public safety. He stated that he supported third party intervention to help negotiate contracts for benefits for personnel.

He also said he disagreed with a city lawsuit against the public safety unions on the ‘evergreen’ clause, which kept benefits in place until a new deal was worked out.

“I just don’t think that that is the way to resolve anything," he said. "I think there was enough light, if you will, in that tunnel, to say let's keep negotiating,” said Toney.

Early voting continues until Friday at 8 p.m. Election Day is next Tuesday. You could be the vote that decides this race.

Ryan Loyd was Texas Public Radio's city beat and political reporter. He left the organization in December, 2014.