Mayoral Candidates Taylor, Nirenberg Headed To A Runoff, All San Antonio Bond Issues Pass
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With 98 percent of the precincts now reporting their vote totals and several council seats remain up in the air.
In the mayoral race, incumbent Mayor Ivy Taylor will face Ron Nirenberg in a runoff on June 10. Manuel Medina conceded earlier Saturday night after early returns showed he had only garnered 15 percent of the vote.
All six proposition of the $850 million bond passed with strong support from voters as did the $450 million Alamo Community Colleges District bond.
With 487 of 565 precincts counted, Ron Nirenberg looks to headed into a runoff with incumbent Mayor Ivy Taylor. He met with supporters and shook hands at Nirenberg's headquarters on Broadway. 8:40 p.m.
Ivy Taylor maintains her lead over Ron Nirenberg with 43 percent of the vote. The Alamo Community College District's $450 million bond is well on its way to passing with 67 percent of the vote. The city's $850 million bond was also on its way to approval with each of the six propositions garnering at a minimum 68 percent of the vote.
The Source's David Martin Davies spoke to Manuel Medina after he thanked his supporters and conceded his race for mayor. With 286 precincts of 565 precincts counted, Medina had won just 15 percent of the vote. When asked about his low supporter numbers Medina said he couldn't really attribute it to anything in particular but that he felt his issues had won.
Manuel Medina, head of local Democratic Party and another candidate for mayor conceded shortly after 8 p.m. from his watch party at san Antonio's Democratic Party headquarters, The Source host David Martin Davies reports.
Reporter Joey Palacios checks in LIVE from Ivy Taylor's campaign watch party. He says Taylor is waiting to comment on early vote totals until more of the vote from today has been tallied. With 175 of 565 precincts tallied, Taylor holds on to the lead with 43 percent of the vote. She needs a clear 51 percent to avoid a runoff. Her next nearest competitor is Ron Nirenberg with 36 percent of the vote.
About 100 people mingle around party headquarters for the $850 million bond package, TPR's Louisa Jonas reports.
All eyes are also on the six propositions of the $850 million bond program. Of the early vote tallies, it looks as though they are all headed to passing. With 68 percent of the vote, proposition 6 is $20 million for neighborhood improvements.
Live on TPR, Christian Archer who leads the political action committee OneSA, says, "Proposition 6 is a pilot program. It's $20 million invested in blighted neighborhoods .... and people overwhelmingly supported it."
TPR has Mayoral candidate Ron Nirenberg -- who is in second place after early vote tallies of 36 percent -- live on the phone to get his reaction. He says, "We're very pleased. We executed our plan...we need a bold leader."
TPR launched tonight's live coverage shortly after the polls closed and early vote totals were released. Tune in for live coverage and analysis by TPR New Director Shelley Kofler and Morning Edition Host Norma Martinez. Out in the field are The Source talks how Host David Martin Davies who is stationed with the Manual Medina camp, City Hall reporter with Ivy Taylor's campaign and reporter Louisa Jonas keeping an eye on all six propositions that make up the $850 million bond project.
Early vote totals were released on the Bexar County Elections Administration's website and for now Ivy Taylor has taken the lead in the mayoral race with 44 percent of the vote.
At 7 p.m. the polls close and the results for early voting will be announced almost immediately. The early vote will likely comprise more than half of the overall number of ballots cast and will give an indication of how important elections may be decided.
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Among the most closely watched elections are those for for San Antonio mayor, City Council, and an $850 million bond program, the largest in San Antonio's history.
The Alamo Community College District is asking voters to support a $450 million bond for new and improved facilities.
Many area communities are also electing local representatives, and voting on their own local issues.
County elections departments will also be posting results: