For the second biennium in a row, there are legislative special elections going on during what many of us think of as the Christmas break. That’s not so great for the people involved in those campaigns, since it’s hardly a break for them, but at least it’s convenient for me to schedule some interviews. I’m going to bring you a few interviews with candidates running in these special elections, for which early voting has now begun. First up will be Diego Bernal, who recently resigned his seat on San Antonio City Council to run for the HD123 position that was vacated by Mayoral candidate Mike Villarreal. Bernal, a native San Antonian, was a social worker and civil rights attorney before his election to Council. I first became aware of Diego Bernal back in 2012 when he led the fight to pass stricter regulations on payday lenders, thus helping to set a model for other cities like Houston to adopt. He was also a key supporter of expanding San Antonio’s non-discrimination ordinance to include LGBT folks. Those were among the topics we covered in the interview:
I should have interviews with candidates from other races the rest of this week.