Bexar County District Attorney candidates Republican Tylden Shaeffer (left) and Democrat Joe Gonzales
Republican Tylden Shaeffer (left) and Democrat Joe Gonzales are running for Bexar County District Attorney in the November general election. Credit: Composite / Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

Ahead of the November midterm elections, the Rivard Report invited invested parties to provide commentaries and share their points of view with voters. All commentaries are presented in original form with basic editing and fact-checking.

The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office came under scrutiny last year when local attorney Mark Stevens filed a complaint after current DA Nico LaHood allegedly threatened to destroy the legal practice of defense lawyer Joe Gonzales. Gonzales, who like LaHood is a Democrat, went on to decisively defeat LaHood in the primary and open the door for new blood in what was considered a tainted DA’s office.

Gonzales and Republican Tylden Shaeffer both served as Bexar County prosecutors before moving into private practice. They both want to revamp the image of the District Attorney’s Office, and they both believe in the death penalty – though they differ on when it should be considered.

Click on the banners below to read Shaeffer and Gonzales’ arguments for why they should be Bexar County’s next district attorney.


For the previous commentaries in this exclusive elections series, click here. 

This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.