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Bexar County's Next District Attorney: Gonzales Or Shaeffer?

Republican Tylden Shaeffer, left, and Democrat Joe Gonzales are running for Bexar County District Attorney in 2018.
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Republican Tylden Shaeffer (L) and Democrat Joe Gonzales (R) are running for Bexar County District Attorney

Texas Public Radio's "The Source" is hosting a series of forums with candidates leading up the 2018 midterm elections.

Current Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood lost his bid for reelection after being defeated in the March primary by fellow Democrat Joe Gonzales, who now faces Republican candidate Tylden Shaeffer in the November general election. 

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. 

Shaeffer spent almost a decade of his career in the Bexar County DA's office before opening his own practice as a defense attorney in 2000. 

Gonzales, a criminal defense attorney in San Antonio for over 20 years, has worked for both the Bexar and Harris County DA's offices.

What are voters looking for in a district attorney? Which criminal justice issues take priority for Bexar County voters?

View a previous primary candidate forum for the Bexar County District Attorney's race here.


"The Source" is a live call-in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. During the live show, call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org or tweet at @TPRSource. 

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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.