Local attorney Michael Guerra formally announced that he was seeking the Democratic nomination for Jim Wells County Attorney in the March 1, 2016 primary election.
Guerra, 48 was raised in Jim Wells County and attended public schools in La Gloria and Premont before graduating as Valedictorian of Falfurrias High School in 1984. He then attended the University of Texas on academic scholarship where he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees.
He has been a practicing attorney in both civil and criminal law for 24 years. Guerra served as Assistant District Attorney for the 79th Judicial District from 1995-1997. During his three years as a prosecutor, he tried 16 cases to jury verdict. He established an impressive record of 15 convictions (12 first chair) with only one acquittal and earned an excellent reputation of working closely with law enforcement officers to prepare all elements of a case before going to trial.
“I have spent my entire professional career in the courtroom trying cases of all types. I have extensive experience in criminal law which makes me perfectly suited for the job of County Attorney,” Guerra said. “My experience as a trial attorney has equipped me with the skills needed to best represent the citizens of Jim Wells County in this capacity.”
“If elected, my primary goal is to continue the service aspect of the office. Because the County Attorney’s office is closest to the people, it is important to have an open door policy and a friendly staff that helps citizens with inquiries they may have by either assisting them directly or guiding them to the proper office,” Guerra added.
Additional goals for the office would be:
1. Maximizing the impact of the new County Court at Law to move cases through the judicial system in a timely and efficient manner.
2. Working with law enforcement and the justice courts to prioritize cases of domestic violence where the danger of irreversible harm is always present, including harm to children.
3. Work with school districts in our county to implement the new truancy legislation that went into effect this year designed to keep kids in school.
Guerra is a member of the Coastal Bend Bar Association, the Corpus Christi Bar Association and the Hidalgo County Bar Association. He is licensed in federal court in the Southern District of Texas and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. He resides in Alice, Texas with his significant other, former Alice High School Principal Debbie Garcia. He is the proud father of three children; Javier Miguel 22, Alisson Sarita 17 and Zachary Leo 14.
“I respectfully ask for vote in the March primary. It will be a vote for continued stability and experience in the office of the Jim Wells County Attorney. I have the experience and vision to ensure that the office remains one that is responsive to the people of Jim Wells County,” Guerra concluded.