Elections Forum: Bexar County District Attorney's Race Heats Up Ahead Of 2018 Primaries
District attorneys are responsible for leading prosecutions on behalf of local government and often set precedents for criminal justice and public safety policies in the area.
Bexar County's chief prosecutor, District Attorney Nico LaHood, is seeking another term. First elected in 2014, the incumbent has since launched a number of initiatives, including a unit specific to investigating child abuse and a "cite and release" process for select misdemeanors.
LaHood is no stranger to controversy during his time in office, but makes no apologies for his beliefs. He must face former business partner and fellow Democrat Joe Gonzales in what's been a contentious race to secure his party's nomination.
Gonzales has worked for both the Bexar and Harris County DA's offices and has been a criminal defense attorney in San Antonio for over 20 years.
After the March 6 primaries, the Democratic nominee will go up against Republican Tylden Shaeffer – his party's sole candidate – in the November elections.
Shaeffer spent almost a decade of his career in the Bexar County DA's Office and opened his own practice as a defense attorney in 2000.
With three experienced lawyers on the ballot, what are voters looking for in a candidate for Bexar County District Attorney? From the community's perspective, which criminal justice issues take priority?
- Nico LaHood (D), incumbent and candidate for Bexar County District Attorney
- Joe Gonzales (D), candidate for Bexar County District Attorney
- Tylden Shaeffer (R), candidate for Bexar County District Attorney
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