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County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson with his wife at a fundraiser for the San Antonio AIDS Foundation last January. (Photo: QSanAntonio)

Tommy Adkisson "keeping options open" in race for mayor

QSanAntonio.com, June 4, 2014

County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson told QSanAntonio today that he's been contacted by "several people" who are encouraging him to run for mayor and that he's keeping his "options open."

Adkisson said he's flattered by all the calls he's received asking him to consider entering the mayoral race. He added that he's dealt with many of the issues the next mayor would have to address.

While he stopped short of confirming that he would run, he did say that he was considering it.

Speculation about Adkisson's intent to seek the mayoral seat began when he posted the following to his Facebook page on June 2:

"What are you looking for in a San Antonio Mayor? Are you yearning for a serious return to the basics? Are you looking for a more serious commitment to animal control, streets and code compliance? What about a more serious focus on our older neighborhoods and their sustainability?

What about improvements to conventional VIA bus service?

Although we have been through a serious amount of drought, how about the billions in unmet flood control needs? The ever-increasing impervious cover---pavement, rooftops, roadways increase the flow of water downstream to historic flood levels! By failing to issue a clarion call for flood control, we are destined for ever greater and growing floods downstream as our population grows!

This should be a time of thoughtful discussion among all of us!"

The news that Adkisson may throw his hat into the mayor's race comes just weeks after his unsuccessful run for County Judge in the Democratic Primary. In that rough and tumble race, Adkisson faced off against incumbent Nelson Wolff who won the contest with 58 percent of the votes.

Adkissson has long been considered an ally to the LGBT community especially for his strident support of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation. He's been consistently endorsed by the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio when he ran for County Commissioner and most recently in the County Judge race.

Since Mayor Julian Castro announced he would be leaving office to accept a position in President Barack Obama's cabinet, numerous politicos have said they would seek the office in the 2015 municipal election.

Among those who have either announced or have been mentioned as possible candidates are: State Rep. Mike Villarreal, City Council members Diego Bernal, Ray Lopez, Ron Nirenberg, Ivy Taylor, Rey Saldana, Ron Nirenberg, Joe Krier, and San Antonio Chamber of Commerce president Richard Perez.

Adkisson has served as County Commissioner Precinct 4 since 1998 and has been re-elected three times. In 1981, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives where he served two non-consecutive terms.