SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been re-elected to a third term.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that Castro received 66.5 percent of the vote in his race against six challengers and the Democratic rising star tweeted about the victory.
Thank you, San Antonio, for a strong victory tonight! I look forward to continuing to serve you as Mayor.
— Mayor Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) May 12, 2013
Castro, whose twin brother is Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, was looking for a repeat of his performance two years ago. That’s when he took more than 80 percent of the vote in a five-person race.
This year, he was challenged by concert security officer Sergio Falcon, navy veteran Michael Idrogo, private security officers Rhett R. Smith and Jesus G. Reyes, community organizer Irma Rosas and semiretired Raymond Zavala.
Castro was first elected in 2009 to what’s officially a nonpartisan office and gained prominence with his keynote address at last summer’s Democratic National Convention.
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