SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – State Representative Justin Rodriguez is leaving the Texas House to serve as Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 2. He was appointed Friday morning by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff to fill the vacancy left by the passing of Paul Elizondo, who held that office for more than 30 years. Elizondo died last week at the age of 83 and was laid to rest Thursday.
“I wanted someone that had the confidence of the citizens and voters of County Commissioner Precinct 2,” said Wolff during a press conference.
Rodriguez was sworn in by District Judge Peter Sakai immediately after Wolff’s announcement.
“I’m going to do the best to live up to his legacy,” said Rodriguez, who has also served on San Antonio City Council.
His appointment to Commissioners Court leaves a vacancy in Texas House District 125. A special election will be held to fill that seat he has held since 2012.
“I know that the constituents I have that put me there are the same constituents that I hope to continue serving here in Precinct 2,” said Rodriguez. The Texas Legislature convenes Tuesday, but Rodriguez said things don’t “start ramping up” until March. He’s hoping a special election will be held within the next four to six weeks.
Not everyone is happy about Rodriguez’s appointment to Commissioners Court. Queta Rodriguez, who challenged Elizondo in the Democratic Primary last year fired off a letter to Wolff, asking him to consider her for the vacant seat. She said the citizens of Bexar county “deserve a thoughtful, deliberate and transparent process” that considers public opinion.
“I write this letter as someone who spent two decades defending our democracy as a U.S. Marine, as a woman, and as a concerned citizen of Precinct 2 and Bexar County,” she wrote.
Queta Rodriguez noted that she came close to ousting Elizondo in the Democratic Primary and she pointed out that there are no women currently serving on Commissioners Court. She said the appointment of a male “without consideration of women who are fully competent and capable is insulting.”
Wolff defended his appointment of Justin Rodriguez.
“We have a good record with women, but this case here , no one approached the criteria that I think we held to the highest standards. Whether it’s a woman or whoever it might be, Justin stood out far above anybody else, “said Wolff.
Queta Rodriguez told KTSA News she’s disappointed, but not surprised by the appointment of Justin Rodriguez.
“To say that he’s the only one who meets those high standards is actually pretty insulting to a lot of women in Bexar County,” she said, adding that “several women come to mind”, including former State Senator Leticia Van de Putte.
SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – UPDATE: Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff has been appointed to the Precinct 2 County Commissioner seat left vacant by the passing of Paul Elizondo. He was sworn in this morning by District Judge Peter Sakai.
SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is getting ready to make an announcement concerning the vacancy left by the passing of County Commissioner Precinct 2 Paul Elizondo.
There’s speculation that he’ll appoint State Representative Justin Rodriguez to the post.
Meanwhile, Queta Rodriguez, who challenged Elizondo in the last Democratic Primary, wrote a letter to Wolff requesting that he consider appointing her. She notes how close she came to ousting Elizondo and she points out there are no women currently serving on commissioners court.
Wolff has scheduled a news conference for 10 this morning.