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Attorney William Cruz Shaw To Take Council Seat In District 2

Louisa Jonas
Texas Public Radio
William "Cruz" Shaw with his supporters on Election Night

The new city council member-elect for District 2 in San Antonio says public safety will be a top priority. Attorney William Cruz Shaw will replace incumbent Alan Warrick at City Hall after winning 56 percent of the vote.




At his victory party, Cruz Shaw shed tears of gratitude as he thanked a crowd of cheering supporters.


“This was a machine built by the community,” Shaw said. “From day one, we were broke. We went out there together. We knocked on doors. We talked to people. We heard real issues from people—constituents the district. I can’t do it alone.”


Shaw is a criminal defense attorney who wants to improve police community relations in his East Side district. He also wants to repair damaged roads, connect more residents with high-speed Internet, and bring higher wage jobs to his community.


Shaw’s defeat of Warrick follows an incident last month where Warrick woke up drunk on a bench in front of City Hall.


Warrick says he’s most proud of what he did to reduce crime.

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Alan Warrick



“I’m proud of the neighborhood associations that we’ve brought back into existence, but I’m also proud of the shotspotter technology and reducing gunshots and gun violence on the east side of San Antonio,” Warrick said.


Shaw will be among five new council members sworn in with a new mayor on June 21st.





Louisa Jonas is an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast. Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change. In addition to her work as an independent producer, she teaches radio production classes at Howard Community College to a great group of budding journalists. She has worked as an environmental educator and canoe instructor but has yet to convince a great blue heron to squawk for her microphone…she remains undeterred.