“Over the course of my career, I have worked to support working families, small businesses, seniors — our everyday neighbors,” said Minjarez in a video. “This year alone, I worked to bring our community over one billion dollars in funding to our higher education institutions, library services, the children’s courts, local infrastructure projects, and economic growth programs that have helped veterans and local businesses in Bexar County”
Minjarez was first elected to House District (HD) 124 in the Texas House of Representatives in April 2015 during a special election and was sworn in shortly before the end of the 84th Regular Legislative Session.
Her decision to run for the top executive position in Bexar County comes after the current county judge, Nelson Wolff, decided not to seek reelection.
Had she sought reelection to her state House seat, Minjarez would have had more of an upper hand than in previous years, as redistricting left her district slightly more Democratic.
The Texas Partisan Index rating — a metric based on election results in 2018 and 2020 — for HD 124 shifted from a seat where Democrats carried about 65 percent of the vote (D-65%) to D-68% after the new maps were signed into law.
HD 124 covers the southwestern portion of San Antonio and includes Lackland Airforce Base.
Minjarez’s retirement from the legislature follows a wide swath of her colleagues who have done the same.
A list of the open seats in the state legislature can be found on The Texan’s 2022 Election War Room.
Correction: The word “million” in Rep. Minjarez’s quotation was corrected to “billion.”
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.