Justin Rodriguez has been selected to fill the Bexar County Commissioner seat for Precinct 2.
Justin Rodriguez vacated his seat in Texas House District 125 when he was appointed commissioner for Bexar County's Precinct 2. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Candidates who want to throw their hat in the ring for Texas House District 125 only have one week to do so.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday issued a proclamation setting Feb. 12 as the date for the special election to fill the seat recently vacated by Justin Rodriguez. Rodriguez was sworn in as Precinct 2 County Commissioner on Friday, effectively resigning from his seat in the Texas Legislature representing HD 125. The county commissioner position was left empty when longtime Commissioner Paul Elizondo passed away in late December.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said Rodriguez had earned voters’ confidence, as demonstrated by 11 different election wins within the district. Rodriguez was first elected to represent HD 125 in 2012 after U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) left to serve in Congress.

The quick turnaround to fill Rodriguez’s seat gives his replacement time to head to Austin before lawmakers start voting on legislation in March.

Candidates who want to run in the special election must file their applications by next Monday, Jan. 14. Early voting starts on Jan. 28.

Jackie Wang covered local government for the San Antonio Report.