Bexar County Democrats eye Julian Castro, Wendy Davis as possible Perry successor

Bexar County chair sees golden opportunity

Author: Charles Gonzalez, Reporter, Anchor, cgonzalez@ksat.com
Published On: Jul 08 2013 09:43:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 08 2013 10:30:00 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Manuel Medina, the chair of the Bexar County Democratic party found it ironic that Governor Perry chose San Antonio as the site to announce his plans to not seek re-election in 2014.

While Perry cited the city as a great example of economic prosperity, Medina said it had little to do with him.

"It's not because Republicans or Rick Perry have lead the effort locally," said Medina from party headquarters Monday night. "It's been Mayor Castro or Mayor Hardberger or Judge Wolff. Democrats that have lead the local economy into becoming the best economy in the country."

Medina named Castro, Houston mayor Annise Parker and State Senator Wendy Davis as viable candidates to replace Perry, although none have announced plans to seek his seat. Perry's announcement is expected to have a ripple effect through the top positions in the state with many incumbents seeking other offices.

"It's a big challenge but Democrats in Texas are ready to move forward," he said.

Texas is still a red state, with all the top seats in state government occupied by Republicans. Medina said Bexar county's Democratic success in the 2012 election needs to extend through the state for those seats to shift sides.

"In 2012 we won 43 out of 50 seats in Bexar County. We are headed in the right direction," he said. "It gives us a little bit more energy to go out knock on more doors, make more phone calls, send out more mail and get that extra vote that's going to turn this state around." 

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