After three months of acrimonious debate on hot button issues ranging from Chick-fil-A to domestic violence, the 2019 election season comes to an end today as voters make a final decision between first term incumbent Ron Nirenberg and northwest side Councilman Greg Brockhouse, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The early voting turnout was strong, and clear skies today will lead to an Election Day surge, observers say.
Brockhouse has been an unusually hard-charging challenger, confronting Nirenberg on the Council's very controversial decision to ban Chick-fil-A from the airport concessions contract, and Council's decision not to bid to host the high profile 2020 Republican National Convention.. Brockhouse claims Nirenberg has ignored the city's neighborhoods while focusing on a 'head-in-the-clouds' agenda involving climate change mitigation and planning for traffic tie-ups in 2050.
Nirenberg has painted Brockhouse as a tool of the influential public safety unions, especially the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association, which he says is using Brockhouse to leverage a new contract from the city which would be lucrative for the union at the expense of taxpayers.. He has attempted to portray Brockhouse as a brick thrower' who would be unable to work with City Council, and Nirenberg's supporters have made much about a 'missing then found' police report which claims to depict violence by Brockhouse against his wife Annalisa, in a 2009 incident both Brockhouse and his wife say never happened.
Also on the ballot today are runoffs in tree City Council districts.. In District 2 on the east side and District 4 on the southwest side, incumbents are term limited out, and District 6 on the northwest side is the Council seat Brockhouse vacated to run for Mayor.
Polls close at 7PM.