ICYMI: Paul Elizondo announces he’ll seek 10th term on Commissioners Court

Paul Elizondo announces he’ll seek 10th term on Commissioners Court 

By Jasper Scherer, Staff Writer
San Antonio Express-News

October 24, 2017

Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo kicked off his bid for an unprecedented 10th term representing Precinct 2 on Tuesday in front of the south steps of the county courthouse.

Elizondo, who has held a seat on Commissioners Court since the 1980s, laid out a list of projects he wants to see through, including the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project and expansions to the University Health System.

“Serving our community is my life’s work. I want to do as much as I can to improve my beloved Bexar County for as long as I can,” Elizondo said, putting emphasis on “long.”

Joining the crowd of more than 200 supporters were state representatives, City Council members and elected county officials that included Elizondo’s four colleagues on the court.

“I’m a little disgusted by people who try to make an issue about his age,” state Sen. José Menéndez said. “His age has nothing to do with it. It’s his experience that brings a lot to the table.”

Now 82, Elizondo declined to say whether this would be his final term if he wins re-election.

The commissioner put health care at the center of his short speech, listing accomplishments like the expansion of UHS’ trauma center and renovation of the Robert B. Green campus. He said he wants to stick around for the $390 million Women & Children’s Inpatient Tower, to be built at the South Texas Medical Center campus.

Elizondo said he would also focus on creating a multimodal public transit system for the county, an issue that has drawn increased attention in recent months.

Elizondo’s kickoff followed County Judge Nelson Wolff’s own announcementon Oct. 10. Wolff has worked with Elizondo on the court since 2001, when Wolff was appointed judge, and the two Democrats see eye-to-eye on most issues.

“Commissioner Elizondo is absolutely critical for what we’re doing on the court,” Wolff told the crowd of supporters.

Though Elizondo’s opponents have seized on his age as a weakness, the longtime commissioner framed it as a positive.

“Commissioners Court is not for beginners,” Elizondo said after the speech. “Balance of power is extremely tenuous and hard to maneuver. … A lot of times, people get their experience somewhere else and then come here.”

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