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Glitter Political: Tommy Calvert’s political rebirth

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Tommy Calvert at this year’s Cesar Chavez March for Justice

He’s confident that his “wealth of knowledge about how to get things done” (on which he can expound, with eye-widening particulars) will keep SA on a path to becoming “a world-class city,” a city that will inevitably have to carry on without its mayoral rock star. “San Antonio is 30 years behind every major city in America with respect to revitalizing its urban core. Precinct 4 is a jewel and it’s pregnant for rebirth.”

Calvert has nothing but love for Tommy Adkisson who’s held the position since Dawson’s Creek was cool and recently lost his bid in the Democratic primary for Bexar County Judge to incumbent Nelson Wolff. “Tommy, among his greatest hallmarks, is that he didn’t change in terms of being a people person,” Calvert says thoughtfully. “That’s something I will emulate.”

His resume in community advocacy won’t fit on just one flash drive. “I have a heart that’s bigger than most,” he says, linking his involvement to his faith. “That’s part of what Jesus did. He was out in the community—with the lepers and the prostitutes. That’s what servant leadership is.”

In 2000, Calvert—a devoted Democrat who, if playfully bullied to sub-categorize his affiliation, may bust out the word populist—served under former Congressman Ciro Rodriguez. “He told me that Republicans want to run up deficits and then gut the government because they don’t believe in it. Fast forward to 2012 to 2014 and the emergence of Ted Cruz filibuster mania [and threats like] ‘We’re going to not raise the debt ceiling and drive the government into default,’ [Rodriguez] was right. It was a valuable, philosophical lesson to understand where the conservative movement was going. He had that understanding a long time ago.”

He’s not out to demonize every shade of red. “The Republicans that I grew up with were very sensible,” he says, “I think the [Republican] party’s been hijacked.”

Nevertheless, assuming Calvert makes it out of the ring alive after facing Guerrero (a big assumption), he’ll have to face one of two worthy Republican opponents: Windcrest Mayor Alan E. Baxter or Kirby Mayor Tim Wilson. But Calvert is suave when he boasts about his readiness challenging any “far-right winger” to some Lincoln-Douglas action. “They can’t debate me. They get their facts from Rush Limbaugh. I get my facts from books and life.”

Win or lose, there’s always the next life.

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