McALLEN – Surrounded by his supporters and family, State Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. submitted his application for a place on the Democratic Party primary ballot at the Hidalgo County Democratic Party filing event held at Koko's Uptown restaurant. Muñoz will seek reelection to his District 36 House seat that he was first elected to in 2010. The election is set for March 6, 2012.

With the federal court in San Antonio releasing temporary Texas house maps that remain in place for next year's legislative elections, District 36 now includes all or parts of the cities of Pharr, McAllen, Mission, Hidalgo, Palmview and Granjeno.

Commenting on the redrawn maps and his reelection campaign, Rep. Muñoz said, "I am very pleased with the results of the court and firmly believe that the good people of Hidalgo County and the Democratic Party will have an even bigger voice in Austin. The court's decision has allowed me to focus my campaign in much of the same communities that I represented during the last legislative session." Muñoz continued, "I learned a lot from so many people in my district and I want to return and do as much as I can to take care of them. It will be a tough fight and I won't give up on them."

Rep. Muñoz, a local attorney and community servant, had an extraordinary inaugural legislative session that included the passage of an array of major bills and amendments authored, coauthored, sponsored and cosponsored by him. Among them measures that: restored $630,000 in funding for Bachelor's of Applied Technology Degree programs at South Texas College, reduced high school dropout rates, and increased penalties to punish human traffickers. Muñoz also passed several measures which honored major achievements by constituents in his House District 36, including HCR 56 which welcomed home our Vietnam veterans and honored their service.

His successful legislative session also included: increased funding for law enforcement to investigate predators that use the internet to prey on young people and children, protecting private property rights, and continuing the telecommunications discount for public schools and colleges, nonprofit hospitals, and public libraries throughout Texas. He fought vigorously against the budget cuts made to education and other vital programs for South Texas.

Muñoz believes the next legislative session should have a balanced approach to tackle key issues related to jobs, education and health care, and work together to provide a better future for communities and families. For more information about his campaign, please visit his Sergio for South Texas website at http://www.sergioforsouthtexas.com.