McALLEN – With many of his family and friends by his side, Sergio Valdez, local attorney and democratic candidate for Hidalgo County Judge Court at Law 7, will host a campaign kickoff event and announce his candidacy on Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:00 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in McAllen. The event is free and open to the public.

Born and raised in Hidalgo County, Valdez has been practicing law here for over 18 years. Reflecting on his distinguished career Valdez stated, "I have a deep devotion to my community and the great people that live and work here. I have managed thousands of legal cases and have gained first-hand extensive experience representing people from all walks of life." Valdez continued to say, "I have a passion for the law and a determination to ensure that all people are treated fair and always protected. I am ready to serve and intend to be open, moral and honest as judge for County Court 7."

County Court at Law 7 was created two years ago when Hidalgo County's state delegation, led by State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, won passage of a bill to increase the number of county courts from six to eight. The legislation noted that Hidalgo County experienced a 5 percent caseload increase in its county courts at a time when other similar-sized counties logged decreases.

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 home to practice law. He is licensed in the State of Texas Supreme Court and Federal Court, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Valdez law practice focuses on family law, criminal law, personal injury, contract, commercial and real estate law. He is one of five attorneys qualified to represent individuals on death penalty cases. "I have learned to be fair, respectful and objective, and to provide people with the justice they deserve, the same justice that every citizen in the County deserves," said Valdez. "As judge, you can count on me to uphold the dignity and respect of the ‘robe' and run an efficient and objective court system."

His father, now deceased, is Rito Valdez and his mother is Guillermina Valdez. He has two brothers, Saul Valdez and Salome Valdez; and four sisters, Sandra Valdez, Silvia Valdez, Susana Valdez and Sarah Valdez. Valdez is married to Macrina Gonzalez, an educator at McAllen ISD. She has bachelors and masters degrees from Texas Tech University. They have a 12-year old daughter, Kristina, in the 6th grade who attends Cathey Middle School in McAllen. Sergio and his family attend Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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. He attended the JAG School with the responsibility of the Defense of Court Martial, advice to command, assist with deployments, and advised soldiers before going overseas.