Northwest side Councilman Greg Brockhouse, who has emerged as a persistent critic of Mayor Nirenberg at City Hall, today confirmed that he will attempt to unseat Nirenberg in the May municipal election, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
The first term Councilman fired up a large crowd at a chilly outdoor rally on Enrique Barrera Parkway on the city's west side.
"Can you think of one thing Mayor Nirenberg has done to make your life better?" he asked, accusing the Mayor of 'writing checks for ten billion dollars of your money for things we can't afford.'
"We have a clear choice for the future of San Antonio," he said.
Brockhouse has been critical of Nirenberg's commitment to priorities like fighting climate change, and has promised an administration more focused on local needs. Among the priorities he set out today include economic opportunity for every San Antonian, with an emphasis on wage equality.
Brockhouse, 46, is expected to start the campaign with the powerful support of the city's influential public safety unions.. He was the only member of city council, and one of the few local leaders, to support the three charter amendments that were placed on the ballot last year by the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Union.. But despite the opposition of Nirenberg and the rest of City Council, in addition to the city's political and business establishment, two of the three proposals passed.
Brockhouse is a U.S. Air Force veteran and political consultant. Today's announcement means his District Six council seat will be open in the upcoming election.
Nirenberg officially announced his plan to tun for a second term last month.