The San Antonio Express-News’s Josh Baugh and Dylan McGuinness reported that Rep. Justin Rodriguez (D-San Antonio) is the likely successor to the late Bexar Co. Comm. Paul Elizondo (D), who passed away last week. Prior to his 2012 election to the House, Rodriguez served on the San Antonio ISD school board and the San Antonio council.

Rep. Justin Rodriguez

Rep. Justin
Rodriguez

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff (D) is expected to appoint Elizondo’s successor fairly soon. That appointee will serve until the 2020 general election, at which point the voters will decide who will serve the remaining two years of Elizondo’s unexpired term.

If Rodriguez is appointed, a special election would be required to fill his unexpired term. His would be the third vacant seat in the House, which convenes on Tuesday. Recent history suggests turnout for such an expedited special election will be very, very low.

Since 2013, six of the eight lowest percentage turnouts in special elections for any legislative office have occurred in Bexar Co.

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