Ahead of the November elections, the San Antonio Report invited candidates to submit commentaries and share their points of view with voters. All commentaries are presented in their original form with minimal editing.

For the first time since 2004, Bexar County’s largest precinct, which covers South and West San Antonio, will have a new county commissioner. Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez served four terms as Precinct 1 commissioner and was seeking a fifth term when he lost to Rebeca Clay-Flores in the July primary runoff.

Clay-Flores, the Democratic candidate in the race and special projects manager for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will face Gabriel Lara, Republican candidate and retired paramedic, in November.

Lara and Clay-Flores both believe the position is one that requires full-time commitment and agree that the commissioner must build relationships with constituents to be able to connect them with available resources. Lara has said he would prioritize public safety and property tax relief, while Clay-Flores has said she would like to see investments in mental health and social programs.

Follow the links below to read both candidates’ arguments for why they should be Precinct 1’s next county commissioner.

San Antonio Report Staff

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