San Antonio Elects First Majority-Female City Council in a Decade

June 10, 2019 AT 7:26 AM

By Bonnie Petrie, Camille Phillips and Brian Kirkpatrick

Ron Nirenberg returned to a familiar mayoral seat on Saturday. But he will sit alongside three new council members – all women. Jada Andrews-Sullivan will represent District 2, Adriana Rocha Garcia will represent District 4 and Melissa Cabello Havrda will represent District 6. Together, they form the first female majority on the council in a decade.

When early voting numbers for District 2 were released, Andrews-Sullivan and Keith Toney faced a long night. Only 99 votes separated them.

But she ended the night ahead, and her supporters erupted when the tight race was called in her favor. Andrews-Sullivan beat Toney by fewer than 300 votes.

District 2 has had five different representatives in five years. Andrews-Sullivan said it needs consistency now, and she promised she would be in it for the long haul.