Councilman Perry Considers Joining Crowded County Commissioner Ballot

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Councilman Clayton Perry (D10)

Scott Ball / Rivard Report

Councilman Clayton Perry (D10) said, "I’m going to make the decision when it’s right" – possibly as early as Thursday.

Councilman Clayton Perry (D10) said he is considering a run for Bexar County Commissioner’s Court and could announce his decision as soon as Thursday.

“I’m going to make the decision when it’s right,” Perry told the Rivard Report Wednesday. “I’m doing my due diligence on this thing. … If I was rushing into this thing I would have jumped out on to it a long time ago.”

He’s told several colleagues and members of the community that he was considering the Precinct 3 seat that Commissioner Kevin Wolff will leave in 2020. Sources in City Hall say Perry is lobbying his colleagues to appoint local business attorney Marc Whyte to fill his Council seat if he resigns to run for commissioner.

Whyte, who serves on the City’s Zoning Commission as Perry’s appointee, could not be reached for comment.

“I’ve talked to a number of people, absolutely,” Perry said, declining to name them. “If I do this, [the appointment of an interim Council member] is going to be out of my hands.”

Wolff, who decided not to seek reelection after three terms, is the lone Republican on the Commissioners Court and Perry is seen as the most conservative member of the nonpartisan City Council.

“If I were to do something like that, I feel very confident that I’ve proven my worth on City Council and to the precinct on how I’ve voted on a number of issues,” Perry said.

Perry was elected to Council in a 2017 runoff and won reelection earlier this year with nearly 64 percent of the vote against four challengers.

Northside voters who live in Bexar County Precinct 3 might see a crowded ballot next year for the seat. Public relations executive Trish DeBerry, developer Mitch Meyer, and former judges Celeste Brown and Genie Wright are among those who are running or have expressed an interest in doing so.

If he decides to run, Perry said, his public voting record might give him an advantage over those candidates.

As the representative for the Northeast Side, he cast the sole vote against the City’s symbolic support of the Paris climate accord, the City’s climate action plan, and the removal of a Confederate monument in Travis Park. He often found himself on the same side as the broader business community when it came to other votes such as the paid sick leave ordinance and the removal of Chick-fil-A from an airport contract.

He’s a military veteran and worked in the engineering and construction industry for decades. For years he pushed for San Antonio’s first property tax homestead exemption from the City, which was adopted earlier this year.

“I check a lot of boxes” for a precinct that has been represented by a Republican for 12 years, Perry said.

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