Leticia Van de Putte

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Leticia Van de Putte has clearly put that recent unsuccessful run for Lt. Governor behind her. On Thursday, surrounded by supporters and family in the remodeled Westside grocery store that is now her mayoral campaign headquarters, the Democratic state senator told the crowd of about 300 that she was ready to make San Antonio the next great American city.

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In a packed room at Cha-Cha’s Restaurant, Rep. Jose Menendez told supporters not to worry about his distant, second-place finish in the special election to replace Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the Texas Senate.  He did well enough to put him into a runoff election with the front-runner, Trey Martinez Fischer, who like Menendez is a Democratic state representative.

Shelley Kofler / TPR News

The candidates’ personalities have become a key issue in tomorrow’s Senate District 26 election.

Five names are on the ballot to replace Leticia Van de Putte who is leaving the legislature to run for San Antonio Mayor. State representatives Jose Menendez and Trey Martinez Fischer, who are both San Antonio Democrats, have emerged as front-runners.

Two Democrats in the Texas House quickly announced their intention to run for the Senate seat being vacated by San Antonio State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte; both Trey Martinez-Fischer, and his party rival, Jose Menendez, said they were the best lawmakers for the job.

Both Martinez-Fischer and Menendez have had their toe on the starting line for many months now, waiting to see what became of Van De Putte’s run for Lt. Governor, and her bid for mayor, just recently announced. 

Texas Public Radio

Last night State Senator Leticia Van de Putte announced her candidacy for San Antonio mayor. Van de Putte's entrance comes after an unsuccessful run for Lieutenant Governor earlier this month. The move made her the second declared candidate for mayor with former State Representative Mike Villarreal. 

Both candidates have been active in San Antonio politics for years and their entrance into the field may convince current city council members.