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District 7's Medina Unseated By Sandoval

Louisa Jonas
Texas Public Radio

At least one incumbent San Antonio councilmember will not be returning to his office.  District 7’s Cris Medina lost the seat to Ana Sandoval in an upset, 36% to 51%.  Sandoval plans to do things differently than Medina.


Forty one year old Sandoval, an environmental health consultant, says she’s going to be accessible as a councilmember. She says one of the biggest concerns she heard talking to voters is they couldn’t get a hold of Medina.

“The majority of District 7 voters are ready for some kind of change in our leadership,” Sandoval says.  “And we’ve done a lot of work getting out there and listening to folks. A lot of my old friends, my new friends, the people I know in the San Antonio community have wanted to be part of this, either by helping or voting. I just think it shows people are ready for something new and not business as usual.”

Sandoval is an alumna of Harvard and Stanford and worked for VIA Metropolitan Transit. Medina leaves the council after three terms.

“We knew we were going to be in a tough race,” Medina says. “We just had a few votes that didn’t turn our way, but I’m very proud of the campaign we ran. Always positive.  Always talked about the issues. Never attacked. At the end of the day, the voters spoke, and I respect the voters.”

Sandoval says her first priorities in office will be budget preparation and getting protocols in place so that phone calls and emails are returned.


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.