Manny Pelaez, who is in his fourth and final term representing San Antonio City Council District 8, announced April 9 his intent to run for mayor in the May 2025 city elections.

The background

An attorney by trade, Pelaez announced his plan to bid for a chance to succeed Mayor Ron Nirenberg, who is term-limited.

Pelaez said San Antonio has much potential, history and culture, and that he wants to offer a forward-looking campaign of optimism.

"We need a mayor who can unify us around a vision of an optimistic San Antonio that isn’t afraid of taking our shot and achieving big things,” Pelaez said in a statement.

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Pelaez said his campaign slogan is “Safer, stronger, smarter.” According to his newly launched campaign website, his mayoral campaign will focus on public safety, homelessness, family violence, helping senior citizens, energy resilience, economic development, downtown revitalization, improving mass transportation and shrinking the digital gap.

Pelaez also pledged to protect San Antonio’s uniqueness and authenticity while addressing various challenges facing the city. During his time with council, Pelaez has focused on issues such as public safety, homelessness and family violence.

"On my watch, San Antonio will unleash its big potential. We will be a safer, stronger and smarter city,” he added.

Pelaez is not the only local elected official to announce their candidacy in the May 2025 election. District 9 council member John Courage, also in his fourth and final term, announced in January his plan to run for mayor in 2025.