San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro won't run unopposed: six file for ballot


by Dillon Collier / KENS 5

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 8:12 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Supporters of San Antonio Mayor Julían Castro are already preparing to celebrate on the presumption that the mayor will win a third term in office.

A campaign spokesman told KENS 5 that because the mayor is just two years removed from capturing more than 80 percent of the vote, this year's campaign has been toned down. 

But according to city records, Mayor Castro is one of seven candidates on the May 11 ballot.

The other candidates are Michael "Commander" Idrogo, Irma Rosas, Raymond Zavala, Jesus Reyes, Sergio Falcon and Rhett Smith.

Idrogo, who previously ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, is no stranger to politics.

Rosas and Zavala both claim to be community organizers.

Zavala said he spent 25 years in the armed forces, serving in the Army, Navy and then the Air Force.

The remaining candidates, Reyes, Falcon and Smith all have security backgrounds.

Reyes, 31, works as a security guard for a gated community.

He said he entered the mayoral race after growing tired of Mayor Castro's decisions to spend taxpayer money without listening to what they really want.

Falcon said he works in concert security, but was formerly a bodyguard for the rock groups Van Halen and Mötley Crüe.

Falcon said he entered the race because he feels Mayor Castro has let the city's population down.

Relaxed term limit laws would allow Castro to seek a fourth term in office in 2015.