McALLEN Joining his family and supporters, local attorney Sergio Valdez submitted his candidate application for a place on the primary ballot at the Hidalgo County Democratic Party filing event held today at Koko's Uptown restaurant. Valdez is running for judge for the newly created County Court-at-Law No. 7.

The primary election will be held on March 6, 2012.

In response to the submittal of his ballot application Valdez stated, "Personally this is a great moment for me to have the opportunity to file and run for judge in Hidalgo County. I have a deep passion for the law. I believe that everyone should be treated fairly. I am ready to serve and intend to be open, moral and honest as judge for County Court 7."

Valdez has been practicing law in the County for over 18 years and focuses on family, criminal, personal injury, contract and commercial law. He is one of five attorneys qualified to represent individuals on death penalty cases.

Reflecting on his distinguished career Valdez said, "I have managed thousands of legal cases and have gained extensive first-hand experience representing people from all walks of life. I have learned to be respectful and objective, and to provide people with the justice they deserve, the same justice that every citizen in the County deserves."

With humble beginnings and raised by parents who held a high value on education and hard work, Valdez graduated from Weslaco High School in 1985 and then attended Pan American University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Government. He graduated with a law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1993. After passing the State Bar, he immediately came back to Hidalgo County to practice law. He is licensed in the State of Texas Supreme Court and Federal Court, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Valdez joined the Texas Army National Guard in 1984 when he was a junior in high school. He received his commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army in 1990. While he was attending Law School, he joined the 2/142 Infantry Unit out of Lubbock. After graduating from Law School, Sergio continued to be a member of the National Guard. He joined the Judge Advocate General Corp (known as JAG) and was a member of the Texas Army National Guard JAG Corp from 1994 to 2005.

For more information about the Sergio Valdez Campaign please visit www.sergiovaldez.com.