Ron Nirenberg’s campaign headquarters was a one-time car lot on Broadway across from Maverick Park. This is where former mayors Phil Hardberger and Julian Castro also set up shop and forged paths to the mayor’s office – and now it was Nirenberg’s turn.
At 7PM Saturday when the early voting totals were posted online by the Bexar County Election’s Office it was clear that Nirenberg’s victory was almost a certainty. And as Election Day ballot results came in his margin grew, ending the night with 55 percent of the vote against Ivy Taylor’s 45 percent.
The election watch event quickly turned into a party and a celebration.
As Nirenberg took the stage to speak to his frenzied supporters he offered a gracious salute to Taylor.
“Well, I first I want to thank Ivy Taylor our mayor for her years of service. It’s not easy to do the work that we do as any family member can attest. It takes a lot of time and it takes a lot of energy and I want to thank our mayor for the service to our city,” he told the crowd.
Nirenberg’s victory over Taylor was unexpected by almost all outside of his campaign. And Nirenberg told the gathering that the key to winning was old fashioned retail politicking which required sweat, shoe leather and talking to people one on one.