SAN ANTONIO — After years serving as district judge, the honorable Gloria Saldaña is retiring leaving an open vacancy in her court.

The 438th Civil district court seat is up for grabs. And with only days away from the primary election, the two Democrat candidates are looking for support and votes. Candidate Rosie Alvarado keeps very busy, juggling her law firm and campaign as she makes her bid for the 438th vacancy. The trial lawyer has more than a decade of experience in the state, county, and federal districts courts.

“I want people to know that I’m compassionate. That I will listen to them and that, you know, I will be available as a judge to hear the facts before I make decisions,” said Alvarado.

Alvarado's opponent, Lauro Bustamante, has more than 35 years of legal experience as a trial lawyer.

“Because of my reputation, because of the work I’ve done in the past -- I have a pretty good reputation in the community especially in the South Side. If they come and vote, I can win.,” said candidate Lauro Bustamante.

The 438th District court serves the entire Bexar County. Early voting begins Feb. 16 and Election Day is March 1.

Republican candidate Frances Dunham is running uncontested and will face the winner of the primaries in November.