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The Source: Allies Face-Off For County Judge | City Looks To Cut Police/Fire Benefits

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Bexar County Commissioner's Court.

In the first segment:

As early voting begins tomorrow for primary races across the state we highlight the race for the Democratic nominee for Bexar County Judge. Longtime District 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is challenging sitting Judge, Nelson Wolff.

Both men have served over a decade at the county level. Adkisson was elected in 1998 and Wolff appointed as judge in 2001. 

The longtime allies have attacked one another repeatedly along the campaign trail. Wolff has accused Adkisson of, for years, failing to disclose requested public information local journalists have requested in the form of emails between the commissioner and anti-toll advocates.

Wolff's campaign launched the website whatistommyhiding.com. In addition, he has linked Adkisson to the likes of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio with his support of tent jails, something Adkisson publicly endorsed several times over multiple years, but as of this year has walked back.

But Adkisson has given as good as he has received, accusing Wolff of letting the county fall to fallow, focusing on large pet projects like the Mission Reach. Adkisson also points to Wolff's support for toll roads in a negative campaign ad, something Adkisson has staunchly opposed.

Tough talk on both sides. We sit down with both Tommy Adkisson and Judge Nelson Wolff for a candidate forum. What do they hope to achieve if given the chance the next four years? What do they think are our county's lingering issues?

In the second segment: 


In part one of a two-segment series, we look at the impending budget battle between the city, its public safety workers, and their respective unions.

The city of San Antonio's budget is being gobbled up by public safety -- specifically, inequitable payouts to  to police and fire workers both retired and working. According to City Manager Sheryl Sculley, the explosive growth of public safety's budget will cost the entire general fund by 2040.

Headed by former councilman Reed Williams, the Healthcare and Retirement Benefits Task Force is scheduled to make their recommendations to the city council on Wednesday, February 19. They are expected to recommend a reduction in benefits to San Antonio police and fire workers.

Reed Williams joins us to talk about the issues.

*The Source airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM -- audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

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