Quick Clips: District 3 Candidate Forum by the League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area

Scroll to the questions in the  District 3 Candidate Forum, then click on the link to jump to that spot in the video with the candidates’ answer. 

The District 3 Candidate Forum was hosted by theLeague of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area on April 19, 2021 in two parts due to the number of candidates. Watch the entire video of part 1 and part 2 here: https://youtu.be/e8GZwJm4LSI

Participating candidates in ballot order were: Mark Arthur Vargas, Jr., Angela Cardona, Katherine Herrera Garza, Tomas Uresti, Phyllis Viagran, Marcello Martinez



What do you think makes a good candidate for the District 3 seat? 1:34

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 1:43

Marcello Martinez 2:49

Thomas Uresti 4:33

Angela Cardona 1:00:16

Phyllis Viagran 1:01:03

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:02:04

How would you go about increasing economic opportunities in District 3? 5:57

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 6:05

Marcello Martinez 7:13

Thomas Uresti 8:23

Phyllis Viagran 1:03:11

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:04:19

Angela Cardona 1:05:10

What do you believe is the best structure for the workforce development plan in order to achieve its goal to train and connect more people to higher paying jobs? 9:31

Thomas Uresti 9:52

Marcello Martinez 10:54

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 11:59

Phyllis Viagran 1:16:07

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:17:11

Angela Cardona 1:18:06

What specifically would you do to ensure that accessibility and inclusion for those that live with disability in our community are included in your plan for the city’s infrastructure and the jobs that come with it? 13:03

Thomas Uresti 13:23

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 14:33

Marcello Martinez 15:40

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:19:11

Angela Cardona 1:20:31

Phyllis Viagran 1:21:26

How would you address the issue of homelessness in District 3? 16:45

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 17:01

Marcello Martinez 18:06

Thomas Uresti 19:09

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:06:17

Angela Cardona 1:07:24

Phyllis Viagran 1:08:19

What is one issue facing District 3 that you would like to address as soon as you take office? And what action plan would you implement to mitigate the problem or issue? 20:35

Marcello Martinez 21:14

Thomas Uresti 22:19

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 23:21

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:09:29

Angela Cardona 1:10:31

Phyllis Viagran 1:11:33

What one issue facing the city do you think the city council needs to address first when the new members are sworn in? 24:25

Thomas Uresti 24:44

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 25:41

Marcello Martinez 27:03

Angela Cardona 1:12:49

Phyllis Viagran 1:13:48

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:14:53

What do you think is the best way to address income disparity in San Antonio? 28:07

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 28:18

Thomas Uresti 29:30

Marcello Martinez 30:47

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:22:43

Angela Cardona 1:23:47

Phyllis Viagran 1:24:47

Do you worry about gentrification in District 3 and what do you think is the best way to preserve the district’s sense of community as the city grows? 31:39

Marcello Martinez 31:55

Thomas Uresti 33:18

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 34:31

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:33:25

Angela Cardona 1:34:30

Phyllis Viagran 1:35:33

What are your thoughts on Climate Change as it applies to the city for example the city’s climate action plan, solar panel incentives for homeowners, or is climate change something the city should not deal with?36:00

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 36:21

Thomas Uresti 37:31

Marcello Martinez 38:44

Angela Cardona 1:26:35

Phyllis Viagran 1:27:36

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:28:42

How do you suggest bringing down the crime rate in your district and throughout San Antonio? 39:49

Thomas Uresti 40:14

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 41:19

Marcello Martinez 42:26

Phyllis Viagran 1:29:48

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:30:55

Angela Cardona 1:31:59

What are your thoughts about the Alamo Plaza Plan, specifically the balance between the 1836 battle and its earlier life as a mission and the location of the Cenotaph and the opening and the closing of Alamo Plaza? 43:27

Marcello Martinez 43:43

Thomas Uresti 44:47

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 45:26

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:37:02

Phyllis Viagran 1:38:03

Angela Cardona 1:39:37

Do you believe there is a waste in the city budget? If so, please identify specific areas you would reduce funding to eliminate waste. 46:33

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 46:49

Marcello Martinez 47:54

Thomas Uresti 49:01

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:44:56

Angela Cardona 1:45:52

Phyllis Viagran 1:46:55

What would you suggest to make sure all San Antonians receive their Covid-19 Vaccine in an equitable and uncomplicated manner? 49:49

Thomas Uresti 50:13

Marcello Martinez 51:15

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 52:12

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:51:45

Angela Cardona 1:52:45

Phyllis Viagran 1:53:51

What action would you recommend in developing policies to prevent another situation like San Antonians faced during and after February’s winter storm? 53:19

Marcello Martinez 53:34

Mark Arthur Vargas Jr. 54:29

Thomas Uresti 55:35

Phyllis Viagran 1:41:25

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:42:31

Angela Cardona 1:43:36

What do you suggest to improve the low voter turnout in District 3?

Angela Cardona 1:48:06

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:49:15

Phyllis Viagran 1:50:17

What is your opinion on making broadband access an essential utility available to all residents? 1:55:22

Katherine Herrera Garza 1:55:31

Angela Cardona 1:56:28

Phyllis Viagran 1:57:19