Runoff Looms in City Council District 2 Between Toney, Andrews-Sullivan

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Keith Toney thanks his supporters after hearing early voting results at Tony G's Soul Food.

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District 2 City council candidate Keith Toney thanks his supporters after hearing early voting results at Tony G's Soul Food. He will face Jada Andrews-Sullivan in a runoff.

A runoff will determine the next council member in East San Antonio’s District 2.

Candidates Keith Toney and Jada Andrews-Sullivan pulled ahead in the race Saturday night, but neither secured the majority needed to win outright.

Toney, who formerly held the District 2 seat as an appointee, garnered 1,456 votes, or 26.9 percent, with all precincts counted. Andrews-Sullivan, a disabled U.S. Army veteran and motivational speaker, had received 1,157 votes, or 21.4 percent. Denise Gutierrez-Homer was third, with 1,098 votes, or 20.3 percent, missing the runoff by less than 60 votes.

The District 2 seat was up for grabs after William “Cruz” Shaw, who defeated incumbent Alan Warrick two years ago, resigned before his term ended to take a position as a state district court associate judge working in juvenile justice. Art Hall, who had formerly held a seat on City Council, was tapped as the interim council member but did not seek election.

Toney said he and his campaign team had hoped to avoid a runoff but acknowledged that is the most realistic outcome in a race with eight challengers and no incumbent.

“Given the number of candidates in the race, we always knew the reality was that a runoff was possible,” he said.

“We hope that we ultimately emerge victorious,” Toney added. “If not, we pledge to work with whoever is victorious for the good of District 2.”

Reached by phone shortly after early voting results were released, Andrews-Sullivan said she felt confident she and her campaign volunteers had done the work they had set out to do.

“We leave the rest to the powers that be in this universe,” she said.

“You have to remember Mr. Toney has been here before,” she added. “He brings more [name recognition] than us newcomers to the political arena. We’re just waiting for the official numbers to come in. I’m looking forward to a runoff if there is one.”

Jada Andrews-Sullivan debriefs with her campaign staff.

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Jada Andrews-Sullivan debriefs with her campaign staff.

Trailing by significant margins were Joseph Powell, a self-described “protest candidate;” Richard Anthony Ramey, a graduate student studying counseling; Salena Santibanez Guipzot, who owns a construction consulting company and a drywall business; Walter E. Perry Sr., who is studying for a bachelor’s degree in marketing; and Ruben Arciniega, a program coordinator at the UTSA.

Toney, a retired federal employee, raised more than $5,250 in political contributions – the most funding in the race, according to the most recent campaign finance reports. Andrews-Sullivan, however, outspent Toney by $3,000.

Toney said he’ll emphasize his background as a former representative of the district while campaigning ahead of the runoff.

“The biggest contrast [between me and Andrews-Sullivan] is in experience – or lack thereof – so we’ll highlight that, and we’ll see what the voters say,” Toney said.

“We’re excited and ready to get to work,” Andrews-Sullivan said, adding that she and her campaign team will go into “full-work mode” beginning tomorrow to prepare for the runoff.

“We’ll be speaking to those people that need to be talked to, making those phone calls, and making sure our presence is known in the community,” she said.

4 thoughts on “Runoff Looms in City Council District 2 Between Toney, Andrews-Sullivan

  1. Jada Sullivan-Andrews’s deep connection to Mitch Meyer disturbs me greatly. I voted for Salena in this first round, and will now be voting for Toney in the runoff.

  2. The ties between Jada and the developers are devastating to us in the community. District 2 and the Hays Street Bridge belong to the people.

  3. I am excited to see both Toney and Jada in the runoff. They both agree that D2 needs additional investment and continued renewal, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. They also understand that it is the developers that do this type of fundraising and building, so it’s important to work with them, and gain their interest, so that current and future residents in their districts can benefit.

    Technically, the purpose of the city council is to provide policies that make a better quality of life for their constituents. Developers, especially those who build homes, build the environments that shows that we can have a better quality of life. Without that, motivation to bring in better jobs, better education, and better health will be much less likely to follow. Think, who would to do all that while living in a decrepit neighborhood? Does a better life start with your own home?

    We’s come a long way in the past 10 years and we’ve got 30 years worth of more work to make it significant. Every qualified council person understands this. Good Luck, Jada and Toney!

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