Primary runoff Tuesday to decide several contested races

May 22, 2018 GMT

After poor early voting turnout, election officials are hoping for a strong showing Tuesday when thousands of Bexar County voters will decide congressional, state and county races on both sides of the aisle.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and voters may search for their polling site on the Bexar County Elections Department’s website.

Officially, about 37,000 voters have cast ballots in person and by mail out of at least 1.06 million registered voters in Bexar County. In 2014, about 64 percent of the primary runoff vote came from early voting.

At the top of the ballot on parts of the North Side are the Democratic and Republican runoffs for the 21st Congressional District, an open seat for the first time since 1986 with Rep. Lamar Smith’s upcoming retirement. The San Antonio Republican has endorsed Chip Roy in his GOP runoff against Matt McCall, a two-time Smith opponent. Democrats Mary Wilson and Joseph Kopser are hoping to flip the district.


In the 23rd Congressional District, Gina Ortiz Jones or Rick Treviño will face Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, in November. The district covers parts of the West Side and curls around to the North and South sides. It runs west for hundreds of miles to El Paso.

The only statewide race is between Lupe Valdez and Andrew White for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination; Valdez won 43 percent on March 6 in a nine-person field, and beat White by about 20 points in Bexar County.

On the North Side, Matt Beebe and Steve Allison are duking it out for the Republican nomination to replace retiring Texas House Speaker Joe Straus in District 121. Beebe finished first in March, but Allison has received Straus’ endorsement.

At the county level, Precinct 2 Commissioner Paul Elizondo’s more than three-decade incumbency is on the line as he seeks a 10th term against Democratic primary challenger Queta Rodriguez. Elizondo, who turns 83 in June, has announced this would be his final term in office, if re-elected.

The Bexar County Republican Party chairmanship has come down to Cynthia Brehm and Jo Ann Ponce Gonzalez in the race to succeed interim chair Mark Dorazio, who is not running. Brehm received 45 percent, to Gonzalez’s 23 percent, among four candidates in March.

Other races include judicial runoffs for the 187th and 226th state district courts, a GOP runoff for a county probate court, and a Democratic runoff for a county court-at-law.

Jasper Scherer is a San Antonio Express-News staff writer. Read more of his stories here. | | @jaspscherer