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Candidate Forum: Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar Faces Gerard Rickhoff In Reelection Bid

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Two campaign signs hang on a fence outside of a building. The left reads, "Vote Gerard 'Gerry' Rickhoff Competent Leadership For Sheriff." The right reads, "Re-elect Sheriff Javier Salazar."
Kathleen Creedon
Texas Public Radio
Gerry Rickhoff and Javier Salazar will go head-to-head for the position of Bexar County Sheriff this November election.

Bexar County residents will vote to fill many positions on November 3, including Sheriff.

Democrat incumbent Javier Salazar is running for a second term against Republican nominee Gerard "Gerry" Rickhoff. He would be the first Bexar County Sheriff re-elected since 2004.

Salazar won the seat in the 2016 election, bringing nearly 20 years of experience with the San Antonio Police Department. He won the Democratic primary in March with 53.8% of the vote.

Salazar is relying on his experience in law enforcement for the vote.

“I just think a well trained, well educated law enforcement officer is the safer one for everybody, not just for that law enforcement officer himself, but but for the community at large,” Salazar said.

Rickhoff has more than two decades of experience as Bexar County clerk, but none in law enforcement. He garnered 52.4% of the vote in the GOP primary.

Republican candidate Gerard "Gerry" Rickhoff did not respond to invitations to participate in a forum with his opponent.

Early voting in Bexar County is Oct. 13-30. Election Day is Nov. 3. More information here.

Guest: Javier Salazar (D), incumbent candidate for Bexar County Sheriff

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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, October 15.

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