Citizen, Junior Citizen of the year to be named Monday

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

The guest speaker at the 42nd Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be Duval County Judge Abel Aragon.

The event will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Norman Thomas Elementary cafeteria.

Born and raised in Duval County, Aragon taught junior high school physical science 24 years prior to serving as principal of Norman Thomas Elementary for 12 years before retiring.

In March 2005, Aragon became the first Duval County Judge to be elected from Freer. During a special ceremony on New Year's Day 2006, he along with other newly elected officials were sworn in at the courthouse.

Aragon has said he feels privileged to serve the county in which he grew up and enjoys the challenges.

The duties of the county judge include presiding over county court misdemeanor and juvenile cases, presiding as probate judge as well as serving as county budget chairman during a four-year term.

As county judge, Aragon who has maintained an open-door policy, continues to welcome those with concerns in matters regarding the county and is glad to hear what they have to say.

The winner of 2008 Citizen of the Year and Junior Citizen of the Year will also be announced during the banquet.

Nominees for Citizen of the Year are J.P. Garza, Bobby Newman, Marty Perez and the Rev. Tim Walshe.

Nominees for Junior Citizen of the Year are high school seniors Keely Guidry, Audrey Reyes, Christy Acevedo, Myra Barrera and Clarissa Salazar.

Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased at the chamber office and the Brush Country Bank.