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Old 05-12-2013, 08:57 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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2 tween/teenage girls were outside Bush Middle School trying to get people in to vote. I just really didn't have any time nor the inclination to. 7% turnout?! Goodness gracious. Thank goodness the national votes aren't that low.

Anyone know where i can find the results? I'm interested now where I wasn't before.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:23 AM
 
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If you live in District 8, unfortunately this is not over as Briones and Nirenberg are headed to a runoff on June 15. From mySA.com: "Nirenberg garnered 3,552 votes. to Briones' 3,237. Nirenberg spent $19 per vote, and Briones spent almost $94 per vote."
Briones obviously missed the boat in not spending the (few) bucks require to buy the rolandobriones.com domain name

Read more: District 8 heads to runoff - San Antonio Express-News
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:27 AM
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If you live in District 8, unfortunately this is not over as Briones and Nirenberg are headed to a runoff on June 15. From mySA.com: "Nirenberg garnered 3,552 votes. to Briones' 3,237. Nirenberg spent $19 per vote, and Briones spent almost $94 per vote."
Turnout tends to be very low for these runoff elections. It's anyone's guess who will win the runoff.
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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It's also possible that people won't vote in a particular race, or won't vote at all, if they don't care for any of the candidates, or if they feel the outcome is pretty much a foregone conclusion.

On my ballot, for example, we only had the Mayor's race, with the incumbent Castro and his token opposition, and our incumbent Council member, and his token opposition. I got robocalls and mailers from both Castro's campaign and my incumbent Council member. I got a robocall from one of the Mayor's opponent's campaign Friday night. I heard nothing at all from the other candidates in the Mayor's race or in my Council District race. As expected, both incumbents won re-election.
Regardless, if opposition to the mayor was as strong as some lightly insinuate then that opposition would have fielded a strong candidate before the election.
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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Regardless, if opposition to the mayor was as strong as some lightly insinuate then that opposition would have fielded a strong candidate before the election.
I've noticed (at least as far as COSA Mayoral and Council elections go) that serious and well funded candidates for office will usually wait until the incumbent is term-limited, or does not seek re-election.

Some recent examples: Castro and Hardberger ran for the open Mayor's seat in 2005. Hardberger wins. In 2007, Castro sits out the race, and Hardberger is re-elected. Castro re-enters in 2009, when Hardberger is term-limited. Castro wins this time. In 2003, Chip Haase and John Clamp vie for the open District 10 Council seat. Haase wins. Clamp sits out the 2005 race. Haase is re-elected. In 2007 Clamp re-enters the race for the open seat being vacated by the term-limited Haase. Clamp wins, and then wins again in 2009.

It looks like, from the election results, that Castro's popularity is wearing off a bit, but a serious challenger would stand a much better chance if it is an open seat. Castro may not be as popular as he once was, but I don't look for a competitive Mayoral race in COSA until 2017, when Castro will be term-limited.
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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In the meantime he will continue to ruin this city, but because he's a Mexican they will love em! I tried my best to educate people just fell on deaf ears, plus I couldn't really back up anyone to run against him nobody good for the job
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:59 PM
 
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In the meantime he will continue to ruin this city, but because he's a Mexican they will love em! I tried my best to educate people just fell on deaf ears, plus I couldn't really back up anyone to run against him nobody good for the job
you just count your years and hope he doesnt screw us to bad
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Not like it is any great surprise, Castro was reelected. (^_^)

is that what you call it?
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:44 PM
 
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I've noticed (at least as far as COSA Mayoral and Council elections go) that serious and well funded candidates for office will usually wait until the incumbent is term-limited, or does not seek re-election.

Some recent examples: Castro and Hardberger ran for the open Mayor's seat in 2005. Hardberger wins. In 2007, Castro sits out the race, and Hardberger is re-elected. Castro re-enters in 2009, when Hardberger is term-limited. Castro wins this time. In 2003, Chip Haase and John Clamp vie for the open District 10 Council seat. Haase wins. Clamp sits out the 2005 race. Haase is re-elected. In 2007 Clamp re-enters the race for the open seat being vacated by the term-limited Haase. Clamp wins, and then wins again in 2009.

It looks like, from the election results, that Castro's popularity is wearing off a bit, but a serious challenger would stand a much better chance if it is an open seat. Castro may not be as popular as he once was, but I don't look for a competitive Mayoral race in COSA until 2017, when Castro will be term-limited.
Interesting analysis and will be looking forward to 2017 in expectation of an interesting race then.

Thank you for taking the time to write out your thoughts.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:28 AM
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I've noticed (at least as far as COSA Mayoral and Council elections go) that serious and well funded candidates for office will usually wait until the incumbent is term-limited, or does not seek re-election.
Incumbency is powerful. It's usually tough to unseat an incumbent, unless the incumbent has done something people don't like.
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