He fell short in Tuesday's Democratic primary, but Ken Mireles is a popular man these days. Both Phil Cortez and Tina Torres, Mireles' opponents in the Texas House District 117 race, are actively courting him and seeking his endorsement.
They have good reason for the effort. In a remarkably tight primary race, Mireles finished with 31 percent of the vote to 35 percent for Cortez and 34 percent for Torres. Only 158 votes separated the top and bottom finishers.
Mireles, the former chief of staff for County Judge Nelson Wolff (and a former Clinton administration aide), says he's already scheduled meetings with both Cortez, a former San Antonio councilman, and Torres, a local attorney, to talk about the possibility of throwing his support behind one of their campaigns. He says he expects to make a decision within the next few days.