I took a bit of a breather this weekend - the days were too nice, the baby was too active, and the NCAA opening round games were too interesting to spend too much time on the computer. So please indulge me as I catch up on a couple of stories.
From the Sunday Chron, an overview of the San Antonio Mayoral race. Not much here that I hadn't seen before from reviewing Express News stories, but certainly useful if you hadn't done that. Couple of things to comment on:
In a nonpartisan election with an unpredictable turnout, the city is choosing a replacement for Mayor Ed Garza, who cannot seek re-election because of term limits.
Similarly, Castro and Schubert must vacate their council seats after four years in office.
The candidates are trying to distinguish themselves on a slew of issues, including strained city services, rambunctious suburban development and the ever-tenuous water supply. And then there are potholes, chronic flooding in some neighborhoods, traffic jams and struggling small businesses in need of city help.
Schubert, 57, the lone Republican among the three major contenders, vows to stick to "essential" city services. Castro, 30, speaks in visionary terms of improving city life and government. Hardberger, 70, plays the outsider role as he pledges to restore credibility to City Hall. But all their promises are tempered by one reality: The new mayor will have only two or four years to accomplish anything.
Four other candidates, none with significant resources or name recognition — they're routinely excluded from candidate forums — will also be on the May ballot.
Vigorous campaigning has been under way since January, and a series of polls, with varying degrees of reliability, have consistently listed Castro as the leader, though short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff.
Hardberger usually runs second in those polls.
Neither of his opponents sees Castro's apparent advantage as insurmountable.