Voters return Leon Valley mayor and Place 2 councilman to office

Leon Valley voters returned Mayor Chris Riley for a 10th term, while Place 2 Councilor Josh Stevens retained two challengers in Saturday’s election.

Riley garnered 820 votes, or 71%, winning over Evan Bohl, who garnered 330 votes, or 29%.

In place 2, Stevens was re-elected with 53% of the vote, beating Elaine Valdez, who got 29%, and Danielle Bolton, who got 18%. Stevens garnered 610 votes, Valdez tallying 331 and Bolton 202.

First elected in 2004, Riley was the city’s first elected official in 18 years. The mayor said she looks forward to working with city council on several issues the city needs to address.

“I want to thank the citizens of Leon Valley for their support,” Riley said. “It was very overwhelming and heartwarming to get this support from the citizens. I think the election results were a mandate from the citizens on the issues I ran on.

As she begins her next term, Riley said she wants to work toward completing the planning process for a project to improve mobility along Bandera Road, which runs through Leon Valley and San Antonio. For the past three years, Leon Valley has worked with the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of San Antonio on a plan of potential solutions to congestion and mobility along Bandera Road from Interstate 410 to the Loop 1604. Workshops and a virtual public meeting were held to gather public feedback on the project.

Riley’s other priorities include where the city should spend the rest of the funds it received from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and improving salaries for police officers, firefighters and public works workers so Leon Valley can retain experienced employees.

In his bid to unseat Riley, Bohl — a member of the city’s planning and zoning and parks commissions as well as the city’s Economic and Community Development Advisory Committee — advocated for a ban on the sale of pets. Puppy Mills at Leon Valley Pet Stores. Bohl also wanted to implement an animal care program to help solve and enforce all animal-related issues in the city.

Additionally, Bohl wanted to work with county and state officials to secure funds for public safety upgrades, infrastructure upgrades, and more comprehensive flood mitigation.

Stevens said that by re-electing him, voters sent the message that they liked the path the city was taking.

“They want stability and they want a government that works for them, not against them,” Stevens said.

Stevens said priorities he wants the city to focus on include working with city pet stores to develop an adoption program for stray dogs, improving salaries to keep high-quality police officers in the town and looking for a way to reduce crime. in the city, especially in apartment complexes. Additionally, he wants to secure funds for a dog park in the city and expedite the replacement of some of the city’s old sewers and water pipes.

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