District 10 Council Member Carlton Soules Jumps Into County Judge Race
In the last hours of yesterday’s primary filing deadline, District 10 council member Carlton Soules announced he’d leave his post at the dais for a run at Bexar County Judge. Soules’ departure marks the second time, in less than three months, a council member has left to pursue higher office. In October, District 9’s Elisa Chan stepped down to unseat Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels). Coincidently, both Chan and Soules were allies in dissenting with council, regularly butting heads with Mayor Julián Castro on a number of issues.
While filing paperwork at the county’s Republican Party headquarters on Monday afternoon, Soules criticized major government-funded projects, taking aim at the SA streetcar plan, reported WOAI and the San Antonio Express-News.
“These initiatives drain resources away from necessary public safety and infrastructure projects across the county and explode the county’s debt,” Soules said.
“As a San Antonio City councilman, I have been a strong advocate for the taxpayers of San Antonio,” said the two-term council member. “I have fought to ensure that public tax dollars are used effectively, and not squandered on pet projects or bloated bureaucracies.”
Soules heads into a major uphill battle against longtime Democratic Bexar County Judge and former SA mayor Nelson Wolff, who this week saw primary election competition from Democratic Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.
Soules’ record includes a vote against the City’s LGBT non-discrimination ordinance as well as a ‘no’ vote for granting domestic partner benefits to gay city employees, a vote against the City’s most recent budget plan and a push to ensure tighter ethics rules amid questions over council’s conflict-of-interest when dealing with development. Soules was first elected in May 2011, narrowly beating out challenger Bud Little with 50.08 percent to Little’s 38.54 percent. He was re-elected to his second term last May.
Soules is expected to officially resign from council on Dec. 19– the last meeting of the year. Interested interim replacements have until Jan. 15 to get their applications in to the City Clerk. Interviews begin in late January and a final selection takes place Jan. 30.
Like Chan’s seat, Soules’ successor will be picked at the polls during a special election in May. In early November, council selected Joe Krier, former CEO of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, as Chan’s temporary replacement, the Current previously reported.
To read a copy of Soules’ statement, click here: Carlton Soules for Bexar County Judge