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Elizondo deserves one more term

October 7, 2018

Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo has spent decades in public office, and he has earned another term on Commissioners Court.

Elizondo, 83, emerged from a bruising primary challenge and faces Republican Theresa Connolly in the general election.

Connolly is a defense attorney who represents the indigent and is a person who espouses ideals about service to others. If elected, she said she would use her platform as a county commissioner to raise awareness about juvenile justice issues. Specifically, she believes school districts are referring too many students to juvenile courts rather than addressing issues in-house.

This is an important issue, but it is not really a function of county government. This is an issue better addressed by school boards.

Elizondo is unmatched in his experience and expertise. He has served on the court since the 1980s and has been a key player in every major issue facing the county. He’s also a former Marine, former teacher, band director and music supervisor in the Edgewood and San Antonio independent school districts. He served in the Texas House from 1979 to 1982.

Elizondo has said this will be his last term. If re-elected, he would like to use it to complete University Health System’s Women & Children’s Inpatient Tower at the South Texas Medical Center, and he would like also finish improvements to the San Pedro Creek downtown. The former is crucial to mother and baby care. The latter is a linchpin to downtown’s revitalization.

We also believe Elizondo could make the difference in meaningful criminal justice reform and improved funding for transit.

After decades, Elizondo’s name is synonymous with San Antonio politics. It won’t be that way forever, but it should be for one more term. Once again, Elizondo for Precinct 2.

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