District 4

Philip Cortez


Councilman Philip Cortez, 30, serves in the United States Air Force and is a community resource advocate for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. During his first term he drew public ire for compromising the terms of the city’s buffer agreement with Toyota — although with truck manufacturing making a beeline for history’s dustbin, it may be a moot point.

At the ballot box, Cortez faces 31-year-old network administrator Adolfo Mendez Segura (who did not return a questionnaire).

Cortez’s notably pithy responses include “reservations on national security matters and cost estimates” regarding CPS’s proposed nuclear-plant expansion, support “for a single master plan that will address San Antonio’s public-transit problems,” and libraries and parks for all, regardless of their ability to break even or turn a profit.

6. Economic development Our strength is obviously our medical and military facilities. Our weakness so far is the home-grown knowledge base. We must continue to offer the incentives to Washington D.C, in order to continue to bring those high paying jobs to San Antonio and other medical entities while strengthening the knowledge base here in San Antonio by working with the school district to increase the high school graduation rate and the number of students attaining bachelor degrees.

7. The City Auditor and transparency The fact that many of these subjects are out in the open shows that we have a good system of transperancy at City Hall. However, having a strong and independent City Auditor would further help that cause and increase the amount of accountability; although the voters are the ultimate deciders of our actions at City Hall. I would be in support of having a City Auditor that could not be unseated unless it was by a super-majority of council such as an 8 vote minimum rather than the simple majority of 6 votes.

8. Digital billboards At this time we have not been fully briefed on the specifics of the digital-billboard program and would be glad to provide an answer to The Current once all facts have been presented. 

11. The Parade Ordinance Due to the current circumstances, I do not believe it is appropriate at this time to answer any questions related to the Free Speech Coalition lawsuit. 

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