SAN ANTONIO -

The two Democratic candidates for Bexar County District Attorney wasted no time in getting out in search of votes as early voting in next month’s primary election got underway Tuesday.

Nicolas “Nico” LaHood visited with voters at a Culebra road senior center. Therese Huntzinger was campaigning near a South Side polling site.

Both were anxious to get their message across: It is time for a change.

“We’ve had a DA who has been in office for 16 years -- and she’s fallen asleep at the wheel,” LaHood told voters at the Alice Trevino-Lopez Senior Center.

Speaking to voters outside the McCreless Library, Huntzinger echoed that sentiment, taking to task what she called incumbent DA Susan Reed’s lack of leadership skills.

“This county needs a leader in the DA’s office that they can respect -- that they can look up to,” she said.

Huntzinger said that what sets her apart from LaHood is experience.

“I’ve worked five different DA’s office,” she said. “I’ve dedicated the first half of my career to prosecuting the most dangerous criminals in Bexar County.”

LaHood cited his trial experience among his most important assets.

“It’s trial experience,” he said. “I’m going to lead 250 – God willing – 250 trial attorneys to make sure that justice is truly served.”

The winner of the democratic primary will face Reed in the November general election. Reed is unopposed in the March Republican primary election.

For a list of recent stories Paul Venema has done, click here.