Texas Organizing Project announces endorsements for San Antonio municipal election

Following a thorough process of written questionnaires and interviews, Texas Organizing Project (TOP) members of Bexar County have voted to endorse Jalen McKee-Rodriguez for re-election to San Antonio City Council District 2, and Teri Castillo for re-election to San Antonio City Council District 5. TOP members also voted to endorse Proposition A, the San Antonio Justice Charter.

TOP Board President Dr. Doshie Piper of Bexar County:

“The first openly gay Black man to be elected to any office in Texas, Jalen McKee-Rodriguez has worked to improve quality of life for every resident of District 2 — no matter age, race, or background. Jalen’s community engagement efforts have been undeniable as he has been an active force for good while on City Council, championing pandemic relief, neighborhood infrastructure investments, as well as housing and policing reforms. He’s looking out for everyday working San Antonians, and just as in 2021, TOP is proud to be in his corner this election.

TOP Bexar County Leadership Team member Jade Pacheco:

“From her time as a housing organizer to now, Teri Castillo has made clear she is committed to lifting up working San Antonio families and creating a better city where every person can grow and thrive. More importantly, she has shown a commitment to equity in issues that impact our lives and those of our neighbors, ranging from tenants’ rights, to healthcare, to climate change, to local law enforcement. In her first term, Teri has proven to be a progressive fighter, and as TOP we are excited to get out the vote for her once again so she can continue to get results for District 5.”

TOP Board Member Kevin LeMelle of Bexar County:

“Through the San Antonio Justice Charter, we have an opportunity to vote for a brighter future for the entire city — especially for Black and Latino residents. This package of common sense reforms will decrease unnecessary arrests, reduce racial profiling in policing, conserve city resources, make our communities safer, and save lives once passed at the ballot box. Every San Antonian deserves to feel safe and have their dignity upheld. This citywide proposition gets us closer to that.”


Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris and Bexar counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit organizetexas.org.

This press release was sent out March 24, 2023.