Schertz mayor keeps position

November 15, 2016 GMT

Mayor Michael Carpenter was re-elected to a third term as Schertz mayor, overcoming a challenge from Councilman Grumpy Azzoz, as Schertz residents chose five new city council members to join him.

Carpenter prevailed on Election Day, taking more than 72 percent of the vote. The final tally was 9,886 for Carpenter and 3,779 for Azzoz. He led early voting by a 74-26 percent margin.

Carpenter said a track record of meeting the needs of residents helped him prevail.

“It’s about representing the people, and nothing else. It’s about maintaining the character and culture and charm of Schertz,” Carpenter said. “And managing growth, without letting it become just some big, oversized suburb of San Antonio, is key.”

Schertz added two new seats to the council this year. Angelina Kiser, in Place 6, bested Michael Dahle, 6,474 to 5,000, while Bert Crawford pulled away from opponent Eric Beam early in the race for Place 7, winning with 7,576 votes to Beam’s 3,674. Each will serve a two-year term on council.

In Place 1, Mark Davis jumped out to a commanding lead in early voting and defeated Carl Douglas, taking 71 percent of the vote in a 7,951 to 3,228 tally.

In Place 2, Ralph Gutierrez outlasted Glen Outlaw, the retired assistant Schertz Fire Chief, in a close race. Gutierrez took a 400-vote lead in early voting and held off Outlaw on Election Day. The winning margin was 5,917 to 5,371, a 4.8 percent margin of victory.

Scott Larson was elected to the Place 3 seat, defeating former City Councilman David Scagliola. Larson pulled 5,863 votes to Scagliola’s 5,591 (51.2 percent to 48.8 percent).

Larson, 33, works with the Hartford Insurance Group. A delegate to the Republican National Convention in August, Larson said he enjoyed being a part of the national political movement, but said he knows that local politics is “where things get done.”

“Our day-to-day lives are mostly impacted by local government,” Larson said. “That’s where you can really work with constituents to make a difference. If you want to make a difference, get involved locally.”

In attending campaign events and going door-to-door to meet Schertz residents and voters, Larson said he told residents “what I stood for, what I believed in, and why I was running.” When asked what they sought from him if elected, it was to take care of the city’s infrastructure.

“They love the city’s quality of life, with the natatorium, the library, the playscape and our vast parks,” he said. “Then they said, make sure infrastructure keeps up with growth. Over and over again, (the main concern) was infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure. And they want us to be good stewards on their behalf.”

All five council seat winners are new to council. Carpenter said the city anticipated the possibility that all five seats could be won by first-timers and put together a package to bring the newcomers up to speed and into the realm of city governance.