- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former Bexar (BEAR) County prosecutor has defeated a former San Antonio City Council member to win a runoff election to succeed state Rep. Jose Menendez.

The Democrat Menendez resigned the seat for the western San Antonio district in February to become a Texas senator.

Ex-prosecutor Ina Minjarez (mihn-HAHR’-ehz) took 58 percent of the vote Tuesday to defeat fellow Democrat and former council member Delicia Herrera.

Menendez left the House in February to become a Texas senator, succeeding Leticia Van de Putte (PYOOT). She left the Senate to run for San Antonio mayor.

Minjarez had been the biggest vote-getter on the four-candidate, all-Democratic ballot in the March 31 special primary election.

Tuesday’s election finished a series of special elections begun by Van de Putte’s departure.

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