For Immediate Release:
Remember Vista Ridge Coalition Gave Warrick a Hand
A funny thing happened last night in the District City Council 2 runoff between Interim District 2 Councilmember, Keith Toney and challenger Alan Warrick. Toney, who was just appointed to fill the seat left vacated when Ivy Taylor became the interim Mayor, lost by 9 percentage points.
The San Antonio Police Officers Association PAC endorsed Warrick in the runoff, hit the streets going door to door, sent out mailers and made phone calls. Tyrone Darden, who came in third in the first round of voting, also endorsed Warrick.
And, an informal group of citizens calling themselves the “Remember Vista Ridge Coalition”, called a prime list of 1000 likely voters. They asked them to give Toney his walking papers for having voted for the $3.4 billion Vista Ridge water “grab” last October as a giveaway to real estate developers and forcing San Antonio ratepayers to take a 16% rate hike to pay for it. The group consisted of three members of the Bexar County Green Party (Paul Pipkin, Rachell Tucker and Yvonne Valdez), District 7 resident and political activist, Roger Singler and Linda Curtis of Bastrop. Curtis lives in the area of the aquifer that is slated to transfer its water 142-miles down the Vista Ridge pipeline.
Warrick is the president and CEO of a local nonprofit cleaning business, holds a degree in architecture and is married with one child. Though he is a newcomer to the political process, his father was a judge and his family has a long history in District 2. Warrick received 1786 votes — 59%.