The cost of freedom numerous elECTIONS carry heavy price for bexar county taxpayers
by Ryan Loyd, KSAT.com Digital Reporter
SAN ANTONIO -- When State Sen. Ruth Jones McClendon announced she'd be stepping down from her seat of nearly 20 years, nothing seemed out of place.
Since her health had been declining for several years, McClendon, a veteran lawmaker and beloved member of the Democratic delegation in the House, decided to focus on taking care of herself.
During the March 1 primaries, two top vote-getting candidates emerged from a field of six: Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, sister of NBA Hall of Famer George Gervin and co-founder of the George Gervin Youth Center, Inc. in San Antonio; and Mario Salas, an activist from San Antonio's east side.
The election, and subsequent runoff between Gervin-Hawkins and Salas on May 24 because neither captured a majority of the vote, is to fill McClendon's regular two-year term starting in January.
But voters from House District 120 also voted in another election May 7, to decide who will sit in McClendon's former seat until the end of the year in what's called an unexpired term (since McClendon left her seat early). The four candidates in the running were narrowed down to two: Laura Thompson and Lou Miller. They will head to a runoff election this summer.
The new Bexar County Elections office, located at 1103 S. Frio, features a historical look at elections in Bexar County and the state. The exhibit that lines the walls is open for anyone to see.
This one depicts people supporting John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and the right for women to vote.
Interesting faces in the crowd during a political rally.
These photos from the UTSA Libraries Special Collection show people supporting a poll tax.
An iconic war-time face, Rosie the Riveter.
The display features a section on campaigns in Bexar County.
Supporters show up for a John F. Kennedy rally.
President John F. Kennedy in San Antonio the day before he was assassinated in Dallas.
Statistics on voting in Bexar County.
Different forms of technology used for voting throughout the years. The elections office also has an old voting booth from the 1980s in its lobby.
JFK in front of the Alamo.
Women take part in campaigns.