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Julian Castro Re-Elected As San Antonio Mayor For 3rd Term

FILE - In this June 8, 2012, file photo, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gives the keynote address at the Texas Democratic Convention in Houston. Castro has been tapped by the Democrats for the high-profile spot of keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., the first Hispanic keynote speaker.  Long gone are the passionate debates. Long gone is the suspense about who will emerge as the party's presidential nominee. Political conventions now are carefully scripted pep rallies aimed at a national TV audience. Not since the 1970s, in fact, has the nation had a major-party national convention begin with the nominee in doubt. Americans already know how the story will end at this year's Republican and Democratic national gatherings. So have modern-day conventions become irrelevant?  (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

FILE - In this June 8, 2012, file photo, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gives the keynote address at the Texas Democratic Convention in Houston. Castro has been tapped by the Democrats for the high-profile spot of keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., the first Hispanic keynote speaker. Long gone are the passionate debates. Long gone is the suspense about who will emerge as the party's presidential nominee. Political conventions now are carefully scripted pep rallies aimed at a national TV audience. Not since the 1970s, in fact, has the nation had a major-party national convention begin with the nominee in doubt. Americans already know how the story will end at this year's Republican and Democratic national gatherings. So have modern-day conventions become irrelevant? (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)  (AP2012)

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has been re-elected to a third term.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that the Democratic rising star received 66.5 percent of the vote in his race against six challengers.

“It feels great to win again,” Castro told the crowd at his victory party Saturday night. 

“I wake up every day and I love what I do being mayor. And I can promise you during these next two years, I will continue to go to work for you to fight hard to make sure this is the most prosperous city in the entire United States of America,” Castro said.

Castro, whose twin brother is Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, was looking for a repeat of his performance two years ago. That’s when he took more than 80 percent of the vote in a five-person race.

This year, he was challenged by concert security officer Sergio Falcon, navy veteran Michael Idrogo, private security officers Rhett R. Smith and Jesus G. Reyes, community organizer Irma Rosas and semiretired Raymond Zavala.

Castro was first elected in 2009 to what’s officially a nonpartisan office and gained prominence with his keynote address at last summer’s Democratic National Convention.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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