Minjarez in HD 124 primary
Updated 10:16 am, Wednesday, February 14, 2018
State Rep. Ina Minjarez had a remarkably successful first full term in the Texas House, earning Texas Monthly’s award as rookie of the year.
It was entirely deserved. For that reason, the Editorial Board recommends Minjarez for the Democratic nomination in House District 124, which is on San Antonio’s West Side.
It is always tough for a freshman representative to make an impact. The freshman term applies though she technically got the seat in the final month of the 2015 session — this, owing to a special election. She then won the subsequent election.
In her first full term, she managed to offer several meaningful amendments, including to a bill improving foster care. Funds for kinship foster care were increased.
She is opposed in this Democratic primary, as she was in the last one, by Sergio Contreras, a political newcomer then and now. There is simply no reason for Democrats to switch representatives, but plenty of reasons to allow her a shot at a long career in legislative service.
She was a Bexar County prosecutor for 10 years.
Minjarez will make fully funding public education and transportation priorities in her next term, if elected.
The winner in the Democratic primary will face Republican Johnny S. Arredondo in the general election in November. Minjarez deserves to be that Democratic candidate.