It’s a rather extraordinary father-son relationship. Nelson Wolff and his son, Kevin, both serve on Bexar County Commissioners Court, but Wolff is a Democrat and Kevin is the only Republican commissioner. The elder Wolff was a San Antonio city councilman, mayor and state lawmaker before being elected to commissioners court, and Kevin followed in his father’s footsteps when he entered the political arena. Kevin has been an elected official for 15 years, first as a San Antonio city councilman, then a Bexar County commissioner.
Being members of different political parties means they sometimes clash on the issues before them, yet Nelson had nothing but praise for his son Friday, the day after Kevin announced he will not seek reelection.
“He did a great job. We wouldn’t have had a county manager had he not been here,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “He was significant in getting the new veterans initiative started.”
Nelson says Kevin will be missed on commissioners court, but the announcement that he plans to leave public service to enter the private sector and spend more time with his family came as no surprise.
“His daughter has moved back here. He’s in the stage of his life now where he would like to go back to the private sector,” said Nelson.
Kevin Wolff will serve the remainder of his term, which ends in January of 2021.
“The good thing about it is he did it (announced) way ahead of time and he’s giving people in the district time to choose who they want and it gives the candidates time to get ready to enter the race,” Nelson said.