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District 9 City Council Runoff Forum: Marco Barros & John Courage

Marco Barros (L) and John Courage (R) are the candidates for San Antonio's District 9 runoff election.

Texas Public Radio's "The Source" hosts a series of forums with city council candidates in preparation for the June 10 runoff election. Early voting ends next Tuesday, June 6.


Current District 9 City Council member Joe Krier decided not to seek re-election, so San Antonio's growing North Central population is seeking new representation. 

A crowded ballot of 10 registered candidates was narrowed to two after the May elections: Marco Barros, with 24 percent of the vote, and John Courage earning 22 percent. A difference of 335 votes separated the runoff candidates.

Both agree that addressing traffic is a key priority for District 9, which is experiencing more congestion on roads and highways that are aging or under construction. Public safety concerns, like staffing for police and fire, as well as improving emergency response times are also important to the area.

Barros, president and CEO of the San Antonio Area Tourism Council, plans to focus on "basic city services" like street maintenance and fiscal responsibilityat the municipal level. Air Force veteran and educator John Courage supports "greater transparency between the city and our neighbors," as well as more attention towards environmental efforts and more human animal control.  

How will new representation change North Central San Antonio? What can District 9 residents expect from a new leader? 

Tweet to @tprsource, send an email to thesource@tpr.org, or call (210) 614-8980 from 12-1 p.m. on Thursday, June 1. 

If you live in the following zip codes, you may reside in District 9: 78213, 78216, 78232, 78248, 78259, 78258. Input an address to find your city council district here.

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.