Home Election 2020 Northwest Side Voters Mull Numerous Congressional, Legislative Races

Northwest Side Voters Mull Numerous Congressional, Legislative Races

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Republican Tony Gonzales and Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones are vying for the Congressional District 23 seat being vacated by Will Hurd. Courtesy photos

On Nov. 3, far Northwest Side voters will mull a U.S. Senate race, two U.S. House of Representatives contests, and three legislative bouts. 

Some area members of the electorate also get to pick a new Bexar County Precinct 3 commissioner.

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.

Libertarian Kerry McKennon and Green Party member David Collins are 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.

Wendy Davis

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 Donald 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.

Chip Roy

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 73

Stephanie Phillips

Teacher/musician/business owner Stephanie Phillips, D-Canyon Lake, opposes two-term state Rep. Kyle Biedermann, R-Fredericksburg, a small-business owner and the incumbent.

Biedermann has compiled a conservative track record in the Legislature, having voted to ban sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants, plus supporting stronger border security, property-tax reform and anti-abortion laws.

Kyle Biedermann

Phillips lost to Biedermann in the 2018 general election. She promotes strengthening public education, expanding Medicaid and access to affordable health care, clean energy, commonsense gun-safety laws, and protecting local governments’ ability to implement sensible land-use rules.

Texas House District 117

Carlos Antonio Raymond, R-San Antonio, is challenging incumbent state Rep. Philip Cortez, D-San Antonio.

Carlos Raymond

An Army veteran, Raymond worked for several federal agencies before becoming a real estate agent. He also volunteers for numerous local initiatives and events.

Raymond’s priorities include strengthening the border, public safety, collective bargaining, upgrading road infrastructure, improving quality of life with an emphasis on older adults and special-needs individuals, and addressing homelessness. 

Philip Cortez

Having previously represented District 117, Cortez seeks another full term in his second go-round in the post. 

The Air Force veteran and former San Antonio City Council member has, as a state legislator, prioritized high-paying, quality jobs; improving schools; plus enhancing services and programs for veterans and seniors.

Libertarian Tony Quinones is also on the ballot. 

Texas House District 122

Five-term GOP state and incumbent Rep. Lyle Larson faces Claire Barnett, the Democrat he topped in 2018’s general election. Both are from San Antonio.

Claire Barnett

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 is a consultant for adult-education programs.

She is campaigning for environmental protection, making Texas a leader in renewable energies, improving public health, expanding Medicaid and access to affordable health care.

Lyle Larson

She also backs 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.

Christine Hortick

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.

Trish DeBerry

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 is launching 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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