Perennial candidate and Green Party activist Rhett Smith finished second in the nonpartisan race for San Antonio mayor on Saturday. Incumbent mayor Julian Castro, the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, won re-election to a third term with 67 percent of the total vote. Smith received 13 percent, placing him above five other challengers to Castro.
Smith sought the Green Party’s presidential nomination in 2012, earning half a delegate to the National Convention. According to Project Vote Smart, since 2004, he has run multiple times for public offices in Texas and San Antonio, including twice previously for mayor in 2009 and 2011. In 2008, he ran for president as a Republican.
Smith is an officer in the Texas Green Party and campaigns for open and fair elections. According to his website from a 2012 Congressional run, he has an interest in Indigenous Rights as well as “Interfaith Religious Issues and Muslim and Palestinian issues in the Holy Land,” which he believes have been “excluded from public debate.”
Some of his additional political views are available at his personal blog/vlog, which ends in 2007. It includes such videos as “Rhett Confronts Zionism” and “Rhett Smith answers question on gay rights.”