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Bexar County political icon Paul Elizondo dies unexpectedly at his San Antonio home

December 27, 2018

Paul Elizondo, a mainstay on the Bexar County Commissioner’s Court since 1982 and roundly acknowledged as one of San Antonio’s major powerbrokers over the decades, died unexpectedly at home early Thursday.

He was 83.

“He was my closest friend, period,” said Bexar County Judge Nelsen Wolff, who served with Elizondo on the court for more than 17 years. “We had a number of significant accomplishments, and he played a major role in every one of them. I’m going to miss him terribly.”

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Elizondo recently survived the closest challenge of his 32 years as a county commissioner earlier this year, beating Democratic primary opponent Queta Rodriguez by about four points. When he won November’s general election, it was his ninth consecutive term.

His death sparked an outpouring of memories and condolences across the city.

“For over a generation, Paul Elizondo was an icon of the West Side and a force in Bexar County government and politics,” said Mayor Ron Nirenburg. “His influence will be felt for decades to come. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

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A statement issued by Elizondo’s family said the commissioner had just celebrated Christmas with his family and “his passing was unexpected.”

Funeral services are pending.

Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje is a staff writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | mstoeltje@express-news.net | Twitter: @mstoeltje