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Andrews-Sullivan is best choice for District 2

April 7, 2019

After five council representatives in the span of five years, San Antonio’s East Side desperately needs a committed person to represent the community. Someone with new ideas, community roots and staying power.

We believe District 2 voters have that and more in Jada Andrews-Sullivan, a business owner, U.S. Army veteran and product of the East Side.

Andrews-Sullivan, 43, grew up in the community she now hopes to represent. She deserves that opportunity. Throughout our candidates meeting, Andrews-Sullivan showed a strong grasp of city issues and presented herself as a consensus builder who can gracefully guide important and sensitive discussions around gentrification, displacement and community policing.

Eight candidates are vying for this open seat, and while this crowded field includes a self-proclaimed anarchist and a convicted felon, it also features several strong and credible potential representatives. We would be remiss if we did not give an approving nod to Salena Santibanez Guipzot and Ruben Arciniega, impressive in their own rights.

Keith Toney is also a familiar name to voters, having been appointed to council in August 2014 to fill the remainder of Ivy Taylor’s term after she rose to mayor. But this familiarity may not be Toney’s greatest strength. He is capable and qualified, but voters have rejected him twice. What has changed?

Andrews-Sullivan exudes promise. She speaks with heart about how the East Side needs consistent representation, suggesting she won’t leave midterm as William “Cruz” Shaw recently did. Ask her about displacement and gentrification, and she comfortably speaks about small details, such as needing to educate homeowners about possible tax exemptions, as well as big issues, such as ending litigation over proposed development around the iconic and historic Hays Street Bridge.

Andrews-Sullivan would be a rookie on City Council, but also a potential star. She repeatedly framed issues around building community cohesiveness and inclusion. This was clear in her support of the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance, which affords protections to members of the LGBTQ community. “I believe in it,” she said. “It’s good for everyone. Inclusiveness is what the city runs on.” But also in how she spoke about building trust between police and the community, and in her willingness to address gentrification and displacement while also welcoming new investment that “breathes life” into District 2.

A strong representative for District 2 would bring neighborhood leaders and developers together, would work with other members of City Council, and would strive to ensure San Antonio is a fair and just place for all residents.

We recommend Jada Andrews-Sullivan for District 2 City Council.