mario bravo

for city council district 1

I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work to institute a series of reforms at City Hall to ensure that your voice is heard and your community’s priorities are addressed. We are starting this campaign with a listening tour to hear directly from District 1 residents about what is important to you.

Feel free to reach out to me at to set up a time to share your ideas and concerns.

About MARio

San Antonio is my hometown. I moved here in the third grade and benefited from attending good public schools here.

After graduating from high school, I earned a bachelor’s degree in history at UT Austin. While there I met a retired civil rights attorney who mentored me, teaching me ways to make the world a better place that were new to me.  I then set out to work on political campaigns with an idealist’s heart, seeking to make a difference.  People often asked me if I had studied political science, but it was studying history that made me want to work to create a better future for all. 

I worked on many campaigns in Texas, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Nevada, and eventually decided to transition to a career working in clean energy and energy efficiency. However, human resources staff often didn’t understand how my job skills could transfer to the positions I was seeking. After no success getting interviews, I decided to retool by going back to school, earning a master’s degree in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

For the last six years I have been working for an environmental nonprofit with my work centered around the intersection of health, air quality, and climate change.

I moved back to San Antonio over four years ago and wasted no time in getting involved in our community, graduating from the New Leaders Council SA Chapter in 2017 and from the Alex Briseno Leadership Development Program in 2019. Until recently I also served on the boards of MOVE TX and the US Green Building Council San Antonio Chapter, and as the chair of a stakeholder group for meetings with CPS Energy.

Now I’m offering to serve as your District 1 Council Member. I look forward to speaking with you and earning your support.

community goals

Economic Recovery and Development

Throughout my listening tour, you have informed me that your vision for an economic recovery begins with caring for our existing citizens and independently owned small and micro businesses. We need to support the people who have been with us all along. When federal CARES Act funds become available, the city should make sure that everyone benefits, and that we don’t add extra hurdles to access the funds.

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A Healthy Community

More than ever, I am hearing from you that public health is a priority.  

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, investments in public health in San Antonio were lacking. We have the business model backwards: we wait until people get really sick, and then give them an ambulance ride to the emergency room. It’s the most expensive form of healthcare in the world. Proactively investing in our community’s health helps people stay healthier and could save money on your county hospital district property tax bill.

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Public Safety

I agree with District 1 residents that everyone deserves to feel safe in their community – safe for your kids to walk to school, safe to walk in your neighborhood and parks after dark, and safe in your home. I will support your vision for a holistic approach to safety and crime reduction, an approach that includes not just handcuffs and jail cells, but also investing in crime prevention and implementing community-led restorative justice programs.

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