Julian Castro Re-Elected as San Antonio Mayor

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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was re-elected on Saturday with a whopping 67 percent of the vote. Castro will serve his third two-year term as mayor.

I love being mayor, I love getting up and going to work and I want to thank the voters for giving me the opportunity to go back to city hall,” said Mayor Castro.

And what a mayor he has been. In November, Castro campaigned successfully for an 1/8th cent sales tax increase to fund pre-kindergarten classes for San Antonio children. The funding will provide pre-K for 22,400 students over four years. Castro has instituted a car share program in San Antonio, added 108 salad bars in San Antonio schools, and helped invigorate the economy to the point where some have named San Antonio the best-performing local economy in the country.

Read more and watch Castro's DNC speech below the jump.Castro is a rising national star in the Democratic Party. He gave an excellent and uplifting keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention and is currently in the process of writing an autobiography. Our own KT Musselman has predicted that Castro will be the 46th President of the United States.

Watch Castro's DNC keynote speech:


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  1. Thoughts on the municipal election
    Here are my thoughts on the municipal election. One thing to note is that while Castro was re-elected, it was with the lowest percentage of an incumbent mayor at 67%. Ed Garza was re-elected in 2003 with 68% but with a much smaller field. That's a 33% protest vote of the mayor, since all the other candidates were perennial or newcomers with no name recognition.

    This could mean the mayor could get a substantial challenge in 2015.

    • You are correct
      For a Democratic darling, keynote speaker at the national convention, blahblahblah, 67% isn't “whopping”.

      In fact the bigger news is that perennial candidate (and Green Party activist) Rhett Smith came in second with 13% of the vote.

      That one out of every three votes cast in a pathetically weak turnout election were “not Castro” actually speaks relatively poorly of the incumbent.

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