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Unlike San Antonio’s City Council, where women make up a majority, the Bexar County Commissioners Court currently includes only male representatives. And only two women have ever been elected to commissioners court, neither of them to represent Precinct 3. For the first time in history, the seat will go to a woman.

Republican Trish DeBerry is up against Democratic candidate Christine Hortick for Precinct 3 commissioner, a seat left open when current Commissioner Kevin Wolff, who has represented the precinct since 2008, decided against running for reelection in August 2019. Hortick is a lawyer with 12 years of work as an attorney in Children’s Court, and DeBerry is a businesswoman who ran for mayor in 2009 and now leads the marketing agency The DeBerry Group.

The two candidates have clashed over credentials and conflicts of interest in maintaining their current employment if elected, but they agree that property tax relief for Bexar County residents should be a priority for the next commissioner.

Follow the links below to read both candidates’ arguments for why they should be Precinct 3’s next county commissioner.

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