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A Bexar County Constable Is Told She Must Resign To Run For Sheriff

Michelle Barrientes Vela, second from right, attended the press conference held by Judge Nelson Wolff on Wednesday.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio
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Michelle Barrientes Vela, second from right, attended the press conference held by Judge Nelson Wolff on Wednesday.

When Michelle Barrientes Vela announced she intends to run for sheriff in 2020, she triggered her eventual resignation as Bexar County Constable for Precinct 2. That's the finding of District Attorney Joe Gonzales.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff asked for the DA’s legal opinion under Texas law if Vela’s public announcement constituted her resignation under the "resign to run" provision. Gonzales found that it did.

Wolff announced the district attorney's findings during a courthouse news conference.

Commissioners plan to name her successor during a meeting on Oct. 2. Applications will be accepted at the County Manager’s office until Sept. 30.

Vela said she will go to court and fight to stay in office.

Earlier this week, the Texas Rangers and FBI agents raided her Gilbeau Road office.

No charges have been filed and no arrests were made.

Brian Kirkpatrick can be reached at Brian@TPR.org and on Twitter at @TPRBrian.