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4 San Antonio Democrats vie to fill vacant Texas House seat

SAN ANTONIO — Voters in western San Antonio are choosing a successor for state Rep. Jose Menendez, who left office in February to become a Texas senator.

Four Democratic candidates squaring off Tuesday are former San Antonio City Council member Delicia Herrera, ex-Bexar (bayr) County prosecutor Ina Minjarez, firefighter Nathan Alonzo and insurance agent David Rosa.

The race should conclude a parade of special elections to replace lawmakers who won different elected posts or left the Legislature after November’s election.

That’s when every major statewide office in Texas got a new occupant, though all remained Republican-controlled.

Menendez created the final vacancy by beating fellow San Antonio Democratic Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer to succeed state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

Van de Putte, also a Democrat, left the Senate to run for San Antonio mayor.

In related news, Texas House legislation outlines cities’ role in urban drilling.

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