San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been re-elected to a third term.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that the Democratic rising star received 66.5 percent of the vote in his race against six challengers.
“It feels great to win again,” Castro told the crowd at his victory party Saturday night.
“I wake up every day and I love what I do being mayor. And I can promise you during these next two years, I will continue to go to work for you to fight hard to make sure this is the most prosperous city in the entire United States of America,” Castro said.
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.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.