SAN ANTONIO — Nelson Wolff said Wednesday that his current term as Bexar County judge will be his last, as he will not run for re-election again in 2022.
He made the announcement during his annual State of the County address.
“I want to thank our citizens for allowing me to serve my city, my state and my county," Wolff said.
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Wolff was first appointed as Bexar County judge in 2001 and subsequently was re-elected to retain the office five times, most recently in 2018.
He previously served as San Antonio mayor from 1991 to 1995, and before that, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1971, the Texas Senate in 1973 and the San Antonio City Council in 1987.
Wolff is only the second person in more than a century to serve as both mayor of San Antonio and Bexar County judge.
Wolff's decision provides an opportunity for local politicians to seek the position without facing an incumbent for the first time this millennium.
“I want to give time for good candidates to step forward for the primary elections," Wolff said.
Wolff addressed he intends to continue to oversee the progress of multiple projects as part of a $2.79 billion budget adopted in September.
“We got a lot of projects underway. I want to get the next section of San Pedro completed by the end of next year. We want to get up the BiblioTech Library up next year. And then we’ve go to make some big decisions on how we’re going to spend the federal recovery dollars," Wolff said.