By Morgan Montalvo
San Antonians by the hundreds on Wednesday evening heard collectively from their newly elected - or re-elected - local representatives during a Wednesday evening swearing-in ceremony downtown at the Arneson River Theater.
The outdoor event, the first of its kind in recent memory, allowed supporters to see the councilmembers who will serve the Alamo City through mid-2019.
Six council seats and the mayoral race were decided in early June run-off elections, including the mayoral contest between incumbent Ivy Taylor and ultimately successful District 8 councilman and challenger Ron Nirenberg.
Many in the audience, like District 3 voter Mary Ann Ramos, were in attendance to show support for Nirenberg and, in Ramos' case, for incumbent councilwoman Rebecca Villagran.
Ramos, who said she volunteered on the Nirenberg campaign, described him as "the mayor for all of the city, for all of the people and that's what's most important to all of us, especially the south side - that we always get forgotten about, so that's important to us."
Ramos' friend and fellow Nirenberg supporter Denise Flores, who lives in District 1, said she also supported Nirenberg because of what she sees as his Left of-Center political stance.
"I know it's a non-partisan office," Flores said, "but I'm glad that he's a little bit more of a Progressive, especially on some of the social issues and some of the environmental issues that he's willing to step up on."
Flores said she also will be looking for her returning District 1 Councilman, Roberto Trevino, to support Nirenberg's agenda.