District judge will seek re-election
Nov. 10, 2017 at 8:45 p.m.
Updated Nov. 11, 2017 at 6 a.m.
Republican District Judge Eli Garza announced on Friday that he plans to seek re-election.
"I'm hoping to be district judge for as long as possible," said Garza, adding: "It has been a goal of mine for a very long time."
Victoria County's Democratic and Republican chairpersons said they were not aware of any possible challengers.
Since graduating from Creighton University School of Law in 1999, the professional satisfaction that comes with judge's robes has enamored Garza, he said. Although he has served as a defense attorney and prosecutor, Garza said he has found his home on the bench.
Garza has served as judge of the 377th District Court since 2014 after Judge Robert Cheshire's retirement. During the past four years, Garza has presided over 44 jury trials and has a more-than 100 percent annual disposition rate.
Along with his administrative duties, Garza has presided over both civil and criminal contested hearings.
He also has tried several misdemeanor cases to reduce backlog in county courts.
Garza, a Starr County native, has called Victoria home since 1999. He has a wife and 15-year-old son.