My Priorities for District 9 When I Am Elected:

Fiscal Responsibility​

It is imperative that the city –

A. Avoid accumulating unnecessary debt
B. Avoid spending more revenue than it receives from taxpayers
C. Create additional revenue streams without new government mandates or taxes
D. Work toward property owner tax relief to assist people with escalating property values
E. Use this time of growth to eliminate the over $5.2B of city debt placed on the backs of taxpayers

Small Business Development

I want to help improve the quality of life in District 9 by aiding small business development.  As a councilman, I will work to create a mutually beneficial environment for businesses that want to open and grow in our district and will work to retain their involvement in our community.

Financial Vitals Chart of the City of San Antonio:

I want to help improve the quality of life in District 9 by aiding small business development.  As a councilman, I will work to create a mutually beneficial environment for businesses that want to open and grow in our district and will work to retain their involvement in our community.

Social Responsibility​​

Issues typically reserved for state or national debate are being voted on in San Antonio including but not limited to “climate change,” gun control, government mandates and immigration.

We need to approach these topics with prudence and recognize that the proper authorities on these respective issues include the US and Texas Constitutions and the City Charter. We must pursue common sense solutions for the individual and common good as well as for long-term domestic prosperity and should avoid unplanned, big-ticket price tags and government intrusion in citizens’ lives.

Consequently, I believe we need to work with faith-based community organizations to more effectively reach and help our senior citizens and others in need instead of growing the local government to take on this important social work. There are thousands of people in our city who are willing and more able then the local government to help those in need.

The Voice of Common Sense


Residents of District 9 continue to be financial donors to the city and yet reap a disproportionately negative amount of the benefits. We need our taxpayer funds to improve infrastructure in our district — smooth roads, traffic and congestion solutions and school zone safety — in order to improve the daily lives of residents. 

Public Safety

The response times for police and emergency personnel remain far from adequate in District 9. We need a police and fire sub station in the area to alleviate crime on the north side to include ending property theft. 

1 week ago


Local plaintiffs and San Antonio Family Association call for Religious Liberty for Restaurant Chain

Religious Liberty for Chick-fil-A

CONTACT: Michael Knuffke
(210) 928-7232


Local plaintiffs call for Religious Liberty for Restaurant Chain

(San Antonio, Texas) Friday, September 6, 2019 – The City of San Antonio has been sued by five local residents over its decision to ban Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio airport. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday under the new law that Governor Greg Abbott signed, which took effect on September 1, 2019. Under this law, SB 1978, popularly known as the “Save Chick-fil-A” law, citizens may sue a governmental entity that takes “adverse action” against someone based wholly or partly on their donations to a religious organization. The lawsuit accuses San Antonio of discriminating against Chick-fil-A because of its support for Christian organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Each of the five plaintiffs—Patrick Von Dohlen, Brian Greco, Jason Khattar, Michael Knuffke and Daniel Petri—is seeking declaratory and injunctive relief as well as court costs and attorney’s fees. The lawsuit asks the Court to enjoin the city from allowing any vendor other than Chick-fil-A to operate in the space that had been reserved for Chick-fil-A in the original concession agreement between the city and Paradies Lagardère. It also seeks an injunction that would order the city and Paradies Lagardère to install a Chick-fil-A restaurant in the 985-square-foot space across from Gate A6, consistent with the original proposal from Paradies Lagardère.

“Any vendor that attempts to occupy this space should be on notice,” says plaintiff Patrick Von Dohlen. “The city’s efforts to replace Chick-fil-A violate state law and we are suing to stop this from happening. Any vendor that tries to replace Chick-fil-A could soon be facing an injunction that prevents them from operating.”

At a city council meeting on March 21, 2019, Councilmember Roberto C. Treviño announced that he wanted Chick-fil-A banned from the San Antonio airport because “the LGBTQ community” has “come together to voice its disapproval” of the popular restaurant chain. Later in the meeting, Councilmember Manny Pelaez stated that he wanted Chick-fil-A banned from the

airport because it “has been funding anti-LGBTQ organizations” and because some people regard the restaurant as “a symbol of hate.” The city council voted 6 – 4 with one abstention in favor of banning Chick-fil-A from the concessions contract. Efforts to take a revote on the issue failed 6 – 5 in council chambers on April 18, 2019.

“It is irresponsible and unacceptable for the city council to discriminate against a beloved restaurant with a stellar customer service and employee record and deny air travelers an opportunity to practice their freedom of choice,” notes Von Dohlen. “We feel a duty to speak up as patrons who have been denied the right to buy Chick-fil-A products at a public facility. Clearly, the city has violated the fundamental conscience rights of the business owners.”

“According to our city council,” says Michael Knuffke, “strongly held Christian principles mean you can’t conduct business in our city’s airport. Perhaps soon they will decide those who adopt traditional values should not be allowed to conduct business in our city at all. We need to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

Knuffke questions whether a Muslim-owned business would have been dropped from the contract.

After the San Antonio city council voted to ban Chick-fil-A from its airport, others have made similar efforts to retaliate against the restaurant chain over its support for Christian organizations. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) excluded Chick-fil-A from the Buffalo Niagara Airport at the end of March. Most recently, faculty at the University of Kansas asked administrators not to renew their contracts with Chick-fil-A.

“If the city council was thinking residents would forget about the ban, they’re wrong. Their overreach is illegal. We’re not willing to stand on the sidelines,” says Brian Greco.

The plaintiffs have launched a Go Fund Me page to support their legal battle. The San Antonio Family Association (SAFA), a local pro-family group, is serving as the organizational arm for the plaintiffs and will continue its work

to educate through public discussions and debates in response to the city council vote.

“The city’s ban is designed to bully Christian businesses into government mandated compliance,” says Jason Khattar. “But we believe the faith communities will come out in a big way to support religious liberty.”

Daniel Petri adds that the ban results in numerous financial negatives for local taxpayers with nationwide ramifications. Still, he is optimistic about the outcome. “We’re looking forward to our day in court,” he says. “Justice will prevail.”

Request for Coverage

Lawsuit Press Conference
Monday, September 9, 2019
12:00 noon
In front of City Council Chambers
Municipal Plaza Building
114 W. Commerce St.
San Antonio, Texas 78205

About San Antonio Family Association (SAFA)
Since 2011, SAFA has worked in the public square to protect life, liberty, freedom of speech, religion, and conscience and acknowledge the true nature of marriage and the family, to protect and foster them, to safeguard public morality, and promote domestic prosperity in the City of St. Anthony and throughout Bexar County and the State of Texas so that each person can pursue actual happiness.

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2 weeks ago


Enjoyed a great #ChickFilA #ChickenBiscuitSandwhich this morning at the SA #InternationalAirport with an old friend who flew in from OKC. Dozens of people came up and asked where did you get that or said they wished there was a Chick-fil-A in the #SAT #Airport #Concessions. Travelers want more Chick-Fil-A and citizens want more sales tax revenue from tourists to lower local tax burdens. Both are missing out because of big city government ideologies and disordered biases.

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