Kissing babies. Politely chewing rubber chicken at a chamber of commerce luncheon. Letting distraught citizens yell in your face.
Like so much else, COVID-19 has suspended those time-honored rituals of democracy. Politicians have had to find new ways to glad-hand community leaders and interact with constituents.
We sat down with three San Antonio City Council members — Shirley Gonzales of District 5 on the near West Side, Manny Peláez of District 8 in the Northwest and Clayton Perry of District 10 in the Northeast — to talk about how they’ve managed to connect with the public and press the flesh virtually during the pandemic.
The interviews have been edited for length and clarity.