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Guajardo seeks temporary council appointment for District 7 vacancy
QSanAntonio, August 9, 2014

On Thursday, August 7, former City Councilwoman Elena Guajardo filed the paperwork needed to be considered for the temporary appointment to replace City Councilman Cris Medina who is attending Air Force Reserve training for the next two months.

Guajardo, the first and only LGBT person to serve on the City Council, was in office from 2005 to 2007. She ran unsuccessfully for the post three more times, twice against Justin Rodriguez (who is now a State Representative for District 125) and once against Medina in a race where she was endorsed by the San Antonio Express-News.

Guajardo says she has no intention of running for the office again. She emphasizes that she is seeking the temporary assignment after several District 7 community leaders encouraged her to do so, citing her previous experience on the Council.

"District 7 leaders are telling me that whoever gets the temporary appointment will have to deal with the new city budget which is finalized in September," Guajardo told QSanAntonio.

"When I was on the City Council, I worked on two budgets and know how the process works. There would be no learning curve and I could hit the ground running."

When Guajardo filed her paperwork she included 15 letters of support from various District 7 community activists.

Guajardo is among a dozen applicants who are seeking the appointment. The others are: Steve Walker, Ted Guerra, Mari Aguirre-Rodriguez, Chris Alderete, Michele Dalbis-Robledo, John E. Foddrill, Sr., Melanie A. Tawil, Yolanda Arellano, Donald Nance, Julie Iris Oldham and Fred A. Rangel.

Applicants for the post had to submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a financial statement. On Wednesday, August 13 the City Council will hone the list of applicants down to three during a "B" session.

On Thursday, August 14, the City Council will vote on the replacement for the vacant seat during the regular council meeting. The appointee will be sworn in by the City Clerk immediately after the vote and will serve until October 10 when Medina returns.

Guajardo says she's asking members of the community who would like to support her to contact their City Council representative and ask them to consider her appointment. Supporters can also sign up to speak during Citizens to be Heard on Thursday.

A similar selection process is underway in District 2 owing to former City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor's appointment as Interim Mayor. The difference there is that whoever is appointed to replace Taylor will keep the seat until next year's municipal election.

Guajardo to help raise funds for Inner City food bank
QSanAntonio.com, November 9, 2013
Former City Councilwoman Elena Guajardo is joining with former City Councilwoman Patti Radle on a community project that seeks to raise $30,000 for a local food bank before Thanksgiving.