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Peter Sakai to be sworn in as county judge New Year’s Day

Sakai, a longtime fixture in the native courts, was elected Bexar County judge in November.

SAN ANTONIO — Peter Sakai will be formally sworn in as Bexar County judge on New Year’s Day on the Bexar County Courthouse, formally marking the position’s first transition since Nelson Wolff took the seat practically 21 years in the past. 

The county judge-elect will be surrounded by his household and sworn into office by Orlando L. Garcia.

Sakai was born and raised by his Japanese-American dad and mom in the Rio Grande Valley. He grew to become the youngest Section of Chief of the Appellate Division and was the primary Asian-American to sit on a District Court bench in Bexar County in 2006. 

Sakai will be the primary new chief of the Bexar County Commissioners Court since Wolff received the seat in 2000. He collected 57% of the vote in the November basic election, in contrast to 39% for Trish DeBerry. Libertarian Edgar Coyle collected 3% of the vote.  

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Some of the issues Sakai mentioned he wished to do in Bexar County was get an I-35 double-decker project going, commit to ending the Loop 1604 growth and try VIA and multi-modal transportation all through the county. 

“We can’t continue to keep putting more cars out or open more lanes,” Judge Sakai additionally mentioned, including he’s involved about staying away from non-attainment and air high quality points in Bexar County.

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Sakai has labored in the judicial system for 26 years, together with his four-term service as the 225th District Court judge, a job he left in October 2021.  

Sakai will be sworn in at 2 p.m. January 1, on the second ground of the Bexar County Courthouse.

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