Republican incumbent John Garza was elected during the Republican sweep in the 2010 mid-term elections, but this year former San Antonio City Councilman Philip Cortez ended election night with 53 percent of voter support to win the seat.
Cortez said he pledges to fight any additional cuts to the Texas education system when he takes office in January.
“I will fight them tooth and nail because those dollars are for our children and for the resources that teachers need to ensure we are properly educating the future leaders of this great state of Texas,” Cortez said.
Bexar County will have a new sheriff after the Republican challenger unseated Democratic incumbent Amadeo Ortiz.
Bexar County Sheriff-Elect Susan Pamerleau had a smile from ear to ear with an early vote lead of nine percent when the polls closed on election night. In the end, Pamerleau had won by a slim margin with 51 percent.
At the Republican watch party, Pamerleau dropped hints that she is intent on changing some of the inner workings of the sheriff’s department.
The Tea Party-supported doctor beat Democratic opponent John Courage, a San Antonio teacher, with just over 65 percent of the vote in a race that wasn't close from the time early voting numbers were posted.
Congressman Lloyd Doggett will be headed back to the nation’s Capital, but this time to represent an entirely new district. The 2010 Census birthed Congressional District 35 due to the rise in the Hispanic population, and on election night, Doggett proved to be the long-lasting representative he has come to be known for.
Doggett expressed some disappointment in moving on from a district that spanned the Rio Grande Valley to Bastrop.
With nearly 64 percent of the votes in Congressional District 20, Joaquín Castro won the seat being vacated by the long-serving Charlie Gonzalez who is retiring at the end of this term.
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro introduced his brother, Joaquín as a newly-elected congressman, saying that he will be a breath of fresh air in Washington, D.C.
“It gives me great pleasure to introduce the next congressman,” said the mayor, who rushed from the Pre-K for SA headquarters to be at his brother’s side as soon as enough of the votes were in to call the election for Joaquín.
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña are going the distance for a program they say is going to change the educational trajectory of the city.
Starting from Lions Field Park on Broadway, children from the George Gervin Academy helped the two start the run, where 5,700 of their steps represent the number of San Antonio’s four year olds that are not currently served by a quality, full-day pre-kindergarten program.
San Antonio Police Sgt. Jesse Garcia was on his way home Saturday morning when he saw a burning vehicle.
“I just ran up to the fire and never in my mind did I think that there would be people inside the vehicle,” said Garcia. "I heard her [the driver] saying, 'I don't want to die this way. I don't want to die, don't leave me.'"
The car, which had two girls inside ages 17 and 19, slammed into a utility pole near 1604 and Sulfur Springs. The driver was trapped under her seatbelt.