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With early voting returns and Election Day results tallied, Bexar County will have two women serving as county commissioners – the most in County history and the first female representation on the court since Cyndi Taylor Krier left the county judge seat in 2001.
Democrat Rebeca “Becky” Clay-Flores and Republican Trish DeBerry won with strong leads early Tuesday in Precinct 1 and Precinct 3, respectively. Clay-Flores had 65 percent of the vote, while her opponent Republican Gabriel Lara had 35 percent.
Precinct 1, which encapsulates southern Bexar County as well as part of the West Side, had been represented by Commissioner Chico Rodriguez for the past 16 years. Clay-Flores won her July runoff against Rodriguez in an upset victory and campaigned on property tax relief, community economic development, and breaking the school-to-jail pipeline.
Clay-Flores addressed Democratic supporters at a watch party at Paramour on Tuesday night and thanked Precinct 1 for showing up to vote.
“We educated ourselves on the issues and knew our community deserved better,” she said. “My slogan has been, ‘Juntos luchamos, juntos ganamos, sabemos como una comunidad latina el pueblo Mexicano merecemos mucho mejor.’ [Together we fight, together we win. We know that as a Latino community, the Mexican people deserve much better].”
Clay-Flores, a special projects manager at the City of San Antonio’s health department, grew up on the South Side and graduated from Brackenridge High School before going on to Princeton University and earning a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. Retired paramedic and Republican Lara ran on enhancing public safety training and equipment and lowering property taxes. Both he and Clay-Flores agreed during the campaign that whoever wins the seat must be a responsive commissioner.
“Obviously we’re still waiting for results for my race, for state races, for federal, but I am so excited, I have to say hallelujah,” Clay-Flores said Tuesday night before all Election Day votes had been counted. “It’s been a long year – three races against three men. I’m so excited, I get to rest now.”
Precinct 3, the county’s lone Republican stronghold, which covers the county’s north sector, gave DeBerry 55 percent of the vote. DeBerry, who ran for mayor in 2009 but lost to future Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, may be familiar to Bexar County voters, as she owns public relations firm the DeBerry Group. DeBerry battled her way out of a crowded primary and won her runoff election against former county probate Judge Tom Rickhoff in July with 54 percent of the vote.
DeBerry said Tuesday that early returns met her campaign’s expectations of the night, but she was watching the new voters with no idea how they would vote.
“We had a lot of good data to rely upon, which was extremely helpful, but in the back of my mind, it was always a concern that we had … voters with no voter history whatsoever,” she said. “But at the end of the day, we campaigned as hard [and] we kept the campaign focused on issues for constituents of Precinct 3.”
Democrat Christine Hortick and DeBerry tussled over their small business credentials in a virtual debate in September. Hortick managed to garner a significant portion of the vote, at 45 percent.
DeBerry will replace Commissioner Kevin Wolff, who announced last August that he would not be seeking reelection after holding the seat for 14 years.
Meanwhile, Rickhoff’s brother Gerard “Gerry” Rickhoff trailed incumbent Sheriff Javier Salazar in the county sheriff race with 38 percent of the vote; Salazar received 62 percent. A spokesman for Salazar said the sheriff would comment on election results Wednesday.
Salazar was campaigning for a second term, hoping to be the first sheriff since 2004 to be re-elected. Rickhoff served as Bexar County clerk for more than 20 years before being ousted in 2018 by a Democratic challenger and current County Clerk Lucy Adame-Clark in a so-called “blue wave.”
With 59 percent of the vote, incumbent Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti held off Republican challenger Stephen D. Pennington, a 30-year-old political newcomer who works as executive director for Nonprofit Financial Services, a San Antonio-based nonprofit he helped found that focuses on financial literacy and education for the community. He told the San Antonio Report Monday that he understood the uphill battle his campaign faced when going against Uresti, who has been in office since 2012.
The Bexar County Elections Department will continue to accept absentee ballots on Wednesday as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday. Absentee ballots must be received by the Elections Department by 5 p.m. Wednesday to be counted.