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Northside SA: Election showdown

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North San Antonio voters in the Nov. 3 elections will decide a U.S. Senate and three U.S. House races, plus three legislative contests.

Area constituents also determine a new commissioner in Bexar County Precinct 3.

U.S. Senate

Air Force veteran MJ Hegar, D-Round Rock, opposes a bid for a fourth term by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-San Antonio.

Cornyn, a former Texas Supreme Court justice and state attorney general, has built a conservative track record on issues such as immigration, taxes, spending, abortion, gun control, health care and public education.

Hegar supports expanding affordable health care access, lower prescription-drug prices, protecting reproductive rights, immigration reform, investing in clean, renewable energy to create jobs, strengthening ties with U.S. allies abroad, and commonsense gun laws.

Also running are Libertarian Kerry McKennon and Green Party member David Collins.

Congressional District 20

Republican Mauro Garza, a business owner, challenges Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro’s run for a fifth term.

Castro, a former state legislator and Stanford University graduate, has worked in public education, health care and the juvenile-justice system. Recently, he was vocal about changes in U.S. Postal Service operations and how they affect mail delivery.

Garza worked at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, taught in the Alamo Colleges District, and founded two companies.

He advocates continuing many policies supported or implemented by President Donald Trump, including stronger border protection.

Libertarian Jeffrey Blunt is also on the ballot.

Congressional District 21

Former gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, D-Austin, opposes first-term U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Dripping Springs.

Having served under U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Rick Perry, Roy has promoted solidly conservative policies on gun owners’ rights, limited government and taxes, abortion and building a border wall. He’s a strong supporter of President Trump.

A former state senator, Davis backs a stronger coronavirus-outbreak response; expanding access to affordable health care; immigration reform; sensible gun-safety laws; plus increased public school funding, paid leave and minimum wage.

Libertarian Arthur DiBianca and Green Party member Tommy Wakely are candidates, too.

Congressional District 23

Two San Antonians, Republican Tony Gonzales and Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, are vying to succeed outgoing Republican U.S. Rep. Will Hurd. Jones narrowly lost to Hurd in the 2018 general election.

Gonzales, a Navy veteran and ex-adviser to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, founded a local nonprofit fostering growth and development in San Antonio’s impoverished areas.

He’s pro-life, favors school choice, strong defense and border security, free enterprise, plus Second Amendment protection.

Jones, an Air Force veteran, served as an intelligence officer in Iraq, and at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

She advocates responsible immigration reform, universal health care, improving services and programs for older adults and veterans, more public school funding, plus equal rights for all.

The Libertarian Party’s Beto Villela is also running.

Texas House District 116

Seeking a second term representing the district, Democratic attorney Trey Martinez Fischer faces Republican Robert Litoff.

Martinez Fischer promotes raising the minimum wage, boosting public school funding, commonsense gun laws, expanding access to affordable health care, plus improving quality of life for veterans and disabled children.

Focused on tort reform, Litoff’s campaign is driven by negative experiences he encountered from lawyers and judges following a 2010 injury.

Texas House District 121

State Rep. Steve Allison, a Republican who succeeded former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, seeks a second term. He’s in a rematch with Democrat Celina Montoya, whom he bested in 2018.

Allison previously served on the Alamo Heights Independent School District and VIA Metropolitan Transit boards.

He advocates free-market principles, protecting constitutional liberties and reducing burdensome government regulations.

Serving with several local youth and literacy-related nonprofits, Montoya is campaigning for expanding Medicaid, supporting small businesses and affordable health care, plus investing more in public schools.

Libertarian Shawn Huckabay is also on the ballot.

Texas House District 122

Both San Antonians, five-term GOP state Rep. Lyle Larson faces Claire Barnett, the Democrat he topped in 2018’s general election.

A business owner and onetime San Antonio councilman and Bexar County commissioner, Larson favors a conservative approach to taxes, spending, business regulations, gun owners’ rights, immigration, school choice and abortion.

Barnett, a consultant for adult-education programs, campaigns on environmental protection, making Texas a leader in renewable energies, improving public health, expanding Medicaid and access to affordable health care, strengthening public schools, ending gerrymandering and voter suppression, plus advancing public safety and civil liberties.

Bexar County Precinct 3 Commissioner

Communications-firm owner Trish DeBerry, a Republican, is vying with attorney Christine Hortick, a Democrat, to succeed the outgoing Kevin Wolff.

DeBerry, a television-news veteran, supports lower taxes, property-appraisal reform, job creation, preventing fraud and abuse targeting senior citizens, plus improving infrastructure.

Hortick, a San Antonio native and former aide to the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, is promoting expanding access to women’s and mental health care, protecting abused and neglected children, economic development and smart transportation.

Bexar County Sheriff

Republican Gerald “Gerry” Rickhoff, a former Bexar County clerk, opposes Democrat Javier Salazar’s bid for a second term.

An ex-San Antonio police officer, Salazar has introduced ways the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office seeks to partner with culturally diverse communities.

Under his tenure, BCSO outfitted deputies with body cameras, and launched a pilot program to better address mental health-related calls.

Rickhoff believes his administrative experience can benefit county jail operations, which came under scrutiny after a series of escapes, plus legal troubles for some guards. He hails from a politically active family, which includes a judge and peace officer.

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