April 24


Romo's declaration of independence

When Sylvia Romo welcomes me into her office on the top floor of the Vista Verde Plaza Building, a Motel 6 sign boorishly upstages the southeast view of downtown like an auditioning actor with a “Hey, look at me” desperation. When we sit down, I notice that the door is still open, which surprises me. As Bexar County's tax assessor-collector, I figure she's got to have a lot on her mind. But after awhile, I begin to sense why Romo, who's seeking the Democratic nomination in the new Congressional District 35 this year, doesn't mind an open-door peek into her professional life. She seems to thrive on her employees observing her in action as the numerical countess of the county.

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