EDINBURG, Texas – It’s official. After weeks of speculation, Nereida Lopez-Singleterry has announced she is running for Hidalgo County District Attorney in the upcoming March 2022 election. 

The seat is open because incumbent DA, Ricardo Rodriguez has announced he will not seek re-election.

“It is with great honor that I seek the office of district attorney and have the opportunity to build upon the legacy of our current district attorney who recently announced that he will not be seeking re-election,” Lopez-Singleterry said.

Lopez-Singleterry said hermission in becoming district attorney is to bring everyone in the justice system together so that Hidalgo County can function with one common goal. She said that goal is to ensure that justice prevails in all cases.

Lopez-Singleterry previously served as the Associate Judge of Master Court 1 in Hidalgo County. She currently serves as Municipal Judge for the City of San Juan and operates a private practice. She said that practice is successful and that she clients in all aspects of the law.

Lopez-Singleterry was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Michigan State University College of Law.After graduating from law school, she returned home to Hidalgo County where she opened her law firm.

Lopez-Singleterry said during this she has also assisted theTexas Rio Grande Valley Legal Aid Private Involvement Project, which represents the victims of domestic violence.

Lopez-Singleterry also worked for the Hidalgo County Public Defender’s Office representing indigent individuals who could not afford the legal services of an attorney.

“Experience matters andI believe my diverse and extensive experience as an attorney and a judge, litigating and presiding over thousands of criminal and civil cases, gives me a well-rounded perspective that will serve me well as the next Hidalgo County District Attorney,” Lopez-Singleterry said.

“I pledge to be a strong voice and advocate for those who are victims and survivors of crimes.I am ready to serve the great people of Hidalgo County and I humbly ask for your vote.”

At least one other candidate will be on the Democratic Party ballot for DA. Edinburg Municipal Judge Toribio ‘Terry’ Palacios announced his candidacy a couple of weeks ago.

“Friends and family, after much consideration and with the blessing from my family, I announce my candidacy for Hidalgo County District Attorney. For over 30 years I have made it my mission to, not only serve others, but to serve my community,” Palacios said, when he announced.

“As municipal judge for the City of Edinburg, I have ensured the safety of the public and I have always considered the victims involved in all the cases that come before me.”

Palacios said that as a defense attorney he has acquired “a vast amount of experience” by defending clients in both federal and state cases.

“If elected as DA, I promise that the DA’s office will continue to ensure that justice will be served, that we will always put people first, not politics, and we will continue to build a safer and stronger Hidalgo County,” Palacios said.

“I want to continue the modern criminal legal practices as established by our current DA while working to set new standards for the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s office by establishing more programs for both victims and defendants, including those in the juvenile system.”

Palacios added: “I humbly ask for your support, I ask for your vote and more importantly I ask for your prayers as I continue the journey forward to Election Day in March 2022. May God bless each of you and Hidalgo County.”

Primary election day is currently scheduled for March 1, 2022.

Editor’s Note: Calling all candidates running in the March 2022 primaries. Please send us your photo, bio, and a short video for our Meet the Candidate series. For more information email Fred Sandoval at [email protected]

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