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Whatever the outcome of Tuesday’s runoff race, or November’s General Election, one this is certain — Bexar County will soon be led by its first county judge in 21 years.
After a lifetime of public service, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff did not seek re-election for the position he’s held since 2001.
Ina Minjarez and Peter Sakai are hoping one of them will continue to keep that office Democratic.
Minjarez and Sakai are facing off in the Democratic runoff. Neither received over 50% of the vote in March’s primary to proceed outright though Sakai did secure 41% of the vote compared to Minjarez’s 31%.
Whoever wins the runoff will face Republican Trish DeBerry, former Bexar County Pct. 3 commissioner, in November’s General Election.
Sakai previously served as the 225th District Court Judge for more than a decade. Minjarez has represented the West Side of San Antonio in Texas House District 124 since 2015.
Minjarez touted her experience in the state capitol over the past six years. The legislator said her time in Austin has given her “specialized training” that makes her the right person for the office.
“I believe with the skillset I have received and leadership roles I have played at the Capitol, I am ready to come home and lead Bexar County,” she said.
Sakai pointed to his experiences over the past 26 years as a district judge in Bexar County, overseeing the court system’s budget and presiding over cases involving drugs, domestic violence and family issues.
“I’ve made the toughest decisions,” Sakai said. “That’s what the next county judge needs to be prepared for, to confront and resolve the tough issues.”
Watch Bexar County Judge candidates Ina Minjarez, Peter Sakai debate in forum ahead of Democratic primary runoff: