Thursday night's announcement by Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff, the only Republican on Commissioners Court, that he will not seek re-election in 2020 highlights the growing problem facing the Republican Party in Texas large, urban counties, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Wolff, who was a north side member of San Antonio City Council before being elected to Commissioners Court, touted 'tremendous accomplishments.'
"My time on the MPO has brought vital road construction on all major highways, and I’m proud that we completed the Wurzbach Parkway connection," he said. "We’ve broken ground on the 281 expansion north of 1604, which is being built non-tolled and ahead of schedule. We’ve been able to lower the Bexar County tax rate by 23%. And we opened the Bexar County Military and Veterans Services Center (BCMVSC), which extended the County’s services to transitioning service members and their families."
Wolff says he will 'stay involved as a private citizen' and will help his successor hit the ground running in January of 2021.
But in the larger picture, Wolff's departure demonstrated serious problems for the Texas Republican Party. While the GOP still controls all of the major statewide offices, it is seeing its position rapidly deteriorate in the urban counties.
In 2014, Republicans held the Bexar County District Attorneys and Sheriff's jobs, both of which have since been won by Democrats. Republican judges have also lost several judicial seats in that time. The Tax Collector, County Judge, and County Clerk, the other countywide elected officials, are also Democrats.
It is a similar story across the state's major counties. In Harris County, Democrats now hold all of the countywide elective offices, after three term County Judge Ed Emmitt was voted out of office in a Democrat sweep in 2018, which also cost seveal judges and other elected officials, their jobs. Democrats also hold all of the elected offices in Dallas County.
IMAGE COURTESY OF KEVIN WOLFF