Mayoral Horse Race

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg is just one of an ever-growing group of local politicians whose names are swirling in mayoral speculation.

“My sole focus right now is being a great councilman for District 8 and for the City. I know there’s a lot of speculation,” Nirenberg said this week.

However, while walking around the subject (like everyone else, except lone declared candidate Mike Villarreal), Nirenberg admits that he will make a decision whether to run at some point. The last day to file is 71 days before the May 9, 2015, election at 5 p.m. on February 28.

Nirenberg was one of a handful of council members who sought to replace outgoing mayor Julián Castro, who departed this summer to take up the post of secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mayor Ivy Taylor secured the appointment and has vowed not to run, but there’s plenty of speculation that she will.

As for Nirenberg, he said San Antonio’s next mayor should exhibit solid leadership while facing long-term issues like water security and transportation planning.