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State legislator is likely replacement for Elizondo

January 3, 2019

The seat long held by Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo, who died last week, is expected to be filled by State Rep. Justin Rodriguez.

Elizondo died Dec. 27; his funeral is tomorrow.

Multiple sources confirmed Wednesday that Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff will likely appoint Rodriguez, who’s served in the Legislature since 2012.

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Wolff declined to confirm that he plans to appoint Rodriguez but sketched out what he’s looking for in an Elizondo successor, in deference to the death of his closest friend.

“I’ve had obviously a lot of time to think about this because Paul has had several challenges with his health,” Wolff said.

The county judge said he plans to appoint someone who has legislative experience and fiscal expertise and who can help improve the county’s relationship with the city.

Rodriguez, 44, started his political career as a member of the San Antonio Independent School District’s board of trustees. He then served on the City Council for two two-year terms, the maximum allowed at the time. Rodriguez was then-Mayor Julián Castro’s top lieutenant.

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After leaving the council, Rodriguez, a lawyer, won a seat in the Texas House in 2012, when Joaquin Castro won his first election to Congress and left that office.

Wolff appears ready to act quickly after Elizondo’s funeral.

“I always believe things like this are better done sooner rather than later,” Wolff said.

Dylan McGuinness covers local politics and the Bexar County government for the Express-News. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | dylan.mcguinness@express-news.net  | Twitter: @DylMcGuinness