Veronica Vasquez, a local attorney and graduate of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (SAHCC) second Latina Leadership Institute (LLI) cohort, is the judge-elect for Bexar County Probate Court No. 2 winning with 57% of the vote in the 2018 mid-term election.
Veronica Vasquez stated, “As a Latina, and the first person of color to be elected to the Bexar County Probate Court, I am elated to usher in a new era of representation to the courts. The people who appear before this court are facing some of this most difficult times of their lives and deserve to be treated with compassion and respect. I am dedicated to providing increased access to my court on multiple platforms and ensuring that all are treated equally.” Veronica Vasquez will be sworn in on January 1, 2019.
“The Latina Leadership Institute was created to specifically encourage all women to up their civic involvement and, if interested, to run for office. It is with great pride to see someone who graduated last year immediately file, run and win,” said San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Erika Prosper Nirenberg. “Our mission to increase female representation on boards, commissions, and elected and appointed offices, regardless of party, will continue to work towards equity for women in theses spaces. We’re so happy for Judge Vasquez and her team!”
The Bexar County Probate Courts are tasked with probating the wills of deceased persons, declaring the heirs of deceased persons who die without a will, establishing guardianships for incapacitated persons. The probate court system is divided into two separate courts, each headed by an elected judge.
LLI is a non-partisan program founded by the SAHCC in 2015 to encourage more women to pursue elected-office positions as well as federal, state, and local appointment positions and boards/commissions. Vasquez’s successful campaign marks the first graduate since the program’s launch three years ago to be elected into office.
Applications for the fourth cohort of the program will open late 2018.