SAN ANTONIO – For the first time several decades, two women will join the male-dominated Bexar County Commissioners Court.
A program manager with Metro Health, Rebeca “Becky” Clay Flores, will represent Precinct 1 as the first woman of color on the Commissioners Court.
The precinct, which includes the west and south sides of San Antonio and Bexar County, will have a new commissioner for the first time in 15 years after Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez was unseated.
A marketing executive and small business owner for more than 20 years, Trish DeBerry will represent Precinct 3 on the north side, succeeding Kevin Wolff, who served three terms on the Commissioners Court.
Clay Flores, a Democrat, said she’s aware of the significance of her new role.
“My hope is that the work that I am about to embark upon ensures that I may be the first but not the last,” Flores said.
DeBerry, a Republican, said she also recognizes what her election means.
“But at the end of the day, I don’t want to be known for being a woman on the court,” DeBerry said. “I want to be known for being a great commissioner and bringing a small business wheelhouse to the table to really get things done and jumpstart the economy.”
Harvard and Princeton-educated, Clay Flores, a graduate of Brackenridge High School, said that in her youth, she and her family endured homelessness and poverty.
“It is these experiences that continue to fuel me to fight for a better life for the constituents of their county,” Flores said.
DeBerry has said her business prowess will help her in doing what she can as a county commissioner to assist small businesses decimated by the pandemic.
“I think that’s the most important thing that we can do as we recover from a global pandemic,” DeBerry said. “We need to do whatever we can to try to help those folks keep the doors open.”