Nico LaHood falls to challenger Joe Gonzales for DA Democratic nomination

Republican candidate ran unopposed in primary election

SAN ANTONIO – The primary race for Bexar County District Attorney was a big one residents were following in the area; incumbent District Attorney Nicholas “Nico” LaHood conceded to his challenger, Joe Gonzales, on Tuesday night.

 “Whomever the next DA is, they’ll be starting off in a much better position than I started off in,” LaHood said. “In my opinion, the voters were unfairly influenced by $1 million worth of lies. There’s no other way to say it. But we have a system and the voters have spoken. And I respect their voice.”

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Gonzales, a relative political unknown as recently as a few months ago, had been lifted by an influx of donations from a George Soros backed political action committee. LaHood as recently as Monday said the contributions had topped $1 million.

"I think it's a mandate from the voters. Part of my message is that, '(LaHood) didn't have the correct temperament to run that office.' I've said from the very beginning, 'You have to treat everybody at the courthouse with respect,'" Gonzales said. 

LaHood said he plans to show up to work Wednesday and will keep working for Bexar County residents for the next nine months.

The Republican candidate, Tylden Shaeffer, ran unopposed in the primary and will face Gonzales on Election Day on Nov. 6.

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Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio since 2016. His work for KSAT 12 and includes covering breaking news of the day, as well as producing Q&As and content for the "South Texas Pride" and "KSAT Money" series.

Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined KSAT Investigates in September 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat and on the Six O'Clock News. Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.