Bexar County Precinct 2 Constable Leticia R. Vazquez, Ino Badillo head to runoff election

SAN ANTONIOUPDATE: Bexar County Precinct 2 Constable Leticia R. Vazquez will face Ino Badillo in a runoff election on May 26.

Vaszquez failed to receive more than 50% of the vote, garnering only 32%. Badillo’s vote total came in second, at 13% with all precincts reporting.

Eleven candidates appeared on the Democratic primary ballot.

The winner of the runoff election will go on to face Republican Charlie Peña Jr., the lone member of his party on the primary ballot, in November’s General Election.

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Bexar County Precinct 2 Constable Leticia R. Vazquez will go to a runoff election May 26 after she failed to receive more than 50% of the vote.

Leticia R. Vazquez took the lead in early voting for the Bexar County Constable, Precinct 2 race with 32% of the vote.

Vazquez believes she is ready to take on the Precinct 2 constable role.

“I’ve learned a lot in those five months. In fact, I believe now I’m a true constable because I’ve learned the way the constable’s office works,” Vazquez said.

In second place so far is Ino Badillo with 13% of the vote. Badillo said he hopes the community votes in his favor and understands how hard he is willing to work as constable for Precinct 2.

“We need to get integrity back into that office," Badillo said. "We need the community to understand that we’re still good guys and we want to do the work.”

Eleven candidates appeared on the Democratic primary ballot.

The winner of the runoff election will go on to face Republican Charlie Peña Jr., the lone member of his party on the primary ballot, in November’s General Election.

Find live results for this race here:

Candidate

Votes

%

Leticia R. Vazquez(D)
12,17532%
Ino Badillo(D)
4,88613%
Rudy Dominguez(D)
3,73910%
Debra L. Solis Zerda(D)
3,4979%
Anthony Castillo(D)
2,9978%
Raymond Ford(D)
2,5176%
Val Flores(D)
2,3676%
Mano Rodriguez(D)
1,7594%
Edward Prado(D)
1,6854%
Leonicio Barrera Moreno III(D)
7912%
Richard "Rick" Pedrazine(D)
6331%
100% of Precincts Reporting

(280 / 280)

Find live results for all races here.

Watch our election night livestream with KSAT’s Steve Spriester here.

Most of the Democratic candidates had already entered the race when former Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela triggered the state’s resign-to-run law by announcing a run for Bexar County sheriff last September.

The announcement came as state and federal law enforcement authorities raided Barrientes Vela’s Northwest Side offices.

Barrientes Vela makes first court appearance since being indicted on felony charges

She and her former captain, Marc Garcia, were indicted in connection to the raid in January and face felony and misdemeanor public corruption charges.

Vazquez has served as interim constable since early October, after a lawsuit filed by Barrientes Vela attempting to block county officials from removing her was tossed out by a judge.

Vazquez, who previously worked as a deputy for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, told commissioners last fall she would not seek the position full time.

She changed her mind in early December, however, saying she needed more than 14 months to clean up the mess she had inherited.

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About the Authors:

Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined the KSAT 12 Defenders in 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat. He provides restaurant health reports for KSAT's "Behind the Kitchen Door." Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.