Mayoral candidates face tough topics, tense moments at Wednesday debate

Candidates for the mayor of San Antonio answered questions during a debate in front of a crowd of cheering and booing citizens.

The deadline to register to vote for the May municipal elections is Thursday, and early voting begins in just a few weeks.

The future of San Antonio is in the public's hands with the mayor's seat up for grabs. On Wednesday night, the top candidates squared off with a rowdy crowd cheering and booing many of the answers.

The event was sponsored and moderated by the Christian Chamber of San Antonio and the Republican Club of Bexar County. The topic of whether to declare San Antonio a “sanctuary city” gave the forum a fiery start.

It's a question District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg said he couldn't answer directly. Candidate Keven Roles rejected the idea. The incumbent, Mayor Ivy Taylor, also rejected sanctuary city status for San Antonio, but said that she does feel strongly about the San Antonio Police Department not asking people for their immigration status.

The forum took place at the San Antonio Firefighters Banquet Hall on the northwest side. The department has endorsed Bexar County Democratic Party Chair Manual Medina as their candidate. The firefighters’ legal battle with the city was brought up but was shut down by Mayor Taylor and Councilman Nirenberg because of legalities.

Election Day is Saturday, May 6.

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