John Courage announces bid for San Antonio mayor as Ron Nirenberg reaches term limit

Courage took to city hall on Thursday to announce his mayoral bid.

SAN ANTONIO — On Thursday, John Courage was on the steps of city hall when he announced that he will be running to be the next mayor of San Antonio as the current mayor, Ron Nirenberg, has reached his term limit.

Nirenberg has been the mayor of the nation’s seventh-most populated city since 2017 and was the first San Antonio mayor of Asian Pacific Islander decent. He served four terms as mayor and during that time, he adopted an equity framework in the city’s budgeting to reduce poverty, improve public health and overcome socioeconomic inequality to accommodate San Antonio’s rapid growth.

Courage’s journey in San Antonio began in 1975 when he enrolled in the University of Texas at San Antonio after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force. He was elected to the Alamo Community College District Board of Trustees in 1980 where he quickly established himself as a strong defender of access and accountability in the higher education system. He helped create more higher education opportunities in an area in the city that lacked them when he helped start up Palo Alto Community College.

“I have come to understand that city government is closest to the people and has the greatest impact on people’s lives,” Courage said during his mayoral bid announcement. “I want to move our city to achieve greater success in meeting the needs and expectations of all the residents of San Antonio. I want to create a stronger, better partnership between all of our citizens, our businesses large and small and your city government. I want to govern with you.”

2025 will be the first year San Antonio’s mayor’s office will be open with no incumbent on the ballot. The election will take place in May 2025.

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