Mayoral Horserace

After receiving smaller donations from individuals at house parties and cozier gatherings over the last several months, lone mayoral candidate Mike Villarreal plans to throw a larger fundraiser in September, where he’ll roll out what he said is an impressive list of supporters. 

“I want to have people from every part of town, folks who are leaders in their neighborhoods, who own businesses in each economic sector and we’re accomplishing that,” he said.

Villarreal’s finance team members seem like the right guys to help him drum up support from the business community. Michael Beldon, San Antonio businessman, former Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce chair and former treasurer for Phil Hardberger’s and Julian Castro’s mayoral campaigns, is Villarreal’s treasurer, and Jose Villarreal (no, they’re not related), a lawyer who has worked for national Democrats, is the campaign finance chairman. 

Local political consultant Christian Archer, who has run major mayoral campaigns in San Antonio and Texas, said the key to winning business support is focusing on job training, workforce development, water and energy.


Since 1986, the SA Current has served as the free, independent voice of San Antonio, and we want to keep it that way.

Becoming an SA Current Supporter for as little as $5 a month allows us to continue offering readers access to our coverage of local news, food, nightlife, events, and culture with no paywalls.

Join today to keep San Antonio Current.

Scroll to read more San Antonio News articles

Join SA Current Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.