Democrats Lopez and Salazar prepare for runoff in Sheriff's race
SAN ANTONIO -- The two men who hope to unseat Susan Pamerleau as Bexar County Sheriff in November spoke to us about why they think you should vote for them in the runoff.
Andy Lopez and Javier Salazar are both Democrats with years of law enforcement experience. Lopez, who held a press conference at the Bexar County Courthouse Thursday morning, spent 30 of his 40 years in law enforcement working at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. He says it's that experience that makes him better suited for the job than Salazar.
"His 22 years of service compared to my 40 years of service, there's no comparison," said Lopez "I come from within. He's from another agency. He knows nothing about the sheriff's office."
It's Lopez's third time running for the position and the third time he's found himself in a runoff. He was joined Thursday by Charles "Chazz" Cervantes, who's now endorsing Lopez. Cervantes was one of five democrats in the race until Tuesday.
As for Javier Salazar, who pulled away with more than 40 percent of the votes on Super Tuesday, he says it's not the years of experience that count but what you've crammed into them.
"As far as my own training and experience, I would put that against anyone else in this race and twice on Sunday," Salazar told us.
Salazar says he's been endorsed by more than 13 major labor organizations and plans to announce additional endorsements in the coming days. He says he's confident his supporters will come out and vote for him in the runoff in May.