Ana Sandoval has been a vocal San Antonio environmentalist on the City Council.

Ana Sandoval announced on Tuesday, January 17, the day before city council candidates could apply for re-election, that she would not run for a fourth term and would not complete her third term, opting instead to leave at the end of January. In a statement, the outgoing District 7 council member said it was time for her to retire, taking a job at the University of Health after a tumultuous past two years for her and San Antonio.

Sandoval was first elected to the city council in 2017. Since then, she has had nearly three terms to champion the issues she has fought for and won: transportation, housing, health care, the climate, and the elimination of inequalities in government systems. Sandoval served on the council during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. During Sandoval’s reign, her father, Thomas Mauricio Sandoval, died in November 2021.

She was also the victim of a public appearance by council member Mario Bravo last year. Sandoval will step down on Jan. 30 to take up a post at Bexar County Health University to oversee health equity. Depending on who takes her place next, San Antonio could lose one of its most vocal environmentalists.

But MySA is about to look back on the MIT-Stanford graduate’s time and efforts on the city council.

District 7 council member Ana Sandoval weighs in as the San Antonio City Council considered a funding agreement and contract amendment to design and build protected bike lanes in 2019.

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