County Court at Law No. 3: Democratic Primary - El Paso Matters (2024)

Posted in2022 Elections

County Court at Law No. 3: Democratic Primary - El Paso Matters (1)byEl Paso Matters Staff

El Paso Matters sent questionnaires to every candidate in a contested primary race to help you decide who you want to represent you. Candidates were asked to limit their responses to 100 words. Responses have been lightly edited for grammar and to fit the word count.

County Court at Law No. 3: Democratic Primary

County courts have jurisdiction over all criminal cases involving Class A and Class B misdemeanors, as well as some civil cases.

Who’s running for this seat?

Baeza

I grew up watching my grandmas and parents work hard and serve this community. They inspired me to serve, and I have done so in different ways. I am stepping up to serve in a way that has more of an impact in our community at large. With the retirement of Judge Javier Alvarez, I hope to continue his legacy of fairness, efficiency, and thoughtful analysis.

Perez

I was encouraged to run by my colleagues who are members of the American Board of Trial Advocates and proven civil trial lawyers in our community. County Court at Law #3 is a civil trial court, and I have the right qualifications for this court.

Rivas

I have the qualifications and the experience to make a direct impact for the people of El Paso. As a military veteran, a practicing attorney for over 23 years, and an Associate Judge for El Paso for the last 16 years, I bring lifelong experiences that have instilled a humility and judicial temperament that has taught me the importance of treating people with dignity and respect. Working on the bench has provided me the skills that are absolutely necessary to ensure fairness while expeditiously moving the docket. El Paso needs a Judge with experience and a proven track record to handle the pandemic backlog and take CC3 into the future with confidence and assurance.

Baeza

I have tried seven cases as lead trial counsel; these cases included construction cases involving claims for tortious interference with contract and civil conspiracy, breach of contract cases between businesses and between individuals, and probate litigation (will contest). One of my faster trials was four days and my longest was two full weeks.

Perez

I have tried over 20 civil cases to a jury verdict, which include cases involving personal injury and commercial litigation.

Rivas

In total, I have tried over 100 cases to verdict. This includes employment discrimination cases, negligence cases, civil rights cases, and criminal cases. I am also the only candidate that has tried cases to verdict, as a judge.

Baeza

I have the work ethic and character expected of our community leaders. I am conscientious and self-motivated, and I am always prepared.I also have the experience to handle all of the cases on the Court’s docket. My experience has been unique because of the fact that I represent plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court. My clients have initiated lawsuits and have had to defend against them. I have represented individuals and businesses. My experience has also been unique because I have handled a wide variety of civil cases from small cases to large, multi-party litigation.

Perez

I have the proven qualifications. I am the only candidate who is Board Certified in labor and employment by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and part of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the most famous member being Enrique Moreno. ABOTA is the most prestigious, invite-only organization of civil trial lawyers where members must meet the necessary jury trial requirements and litigation experience while having a reputation of practicing with professionalism, civility, and integrity. My community service is also unparalleled as I have been elected to lead various professional and non-profit organizations, to include being Past President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Paso and Past President of the Mexican American Bar Association.

Rivas

I have nearly twice the experience than both the other two candidates combined. I am the only candidate with a proven track record and judicial experience.

Baeza

If elected, with the help of the party’s attorneys, I will set hearings to address the status of every case and set realistic timelines to get the oldest cases tried first.I will emulate Judge Alvarez and others in running efficient and timely jury and bench trials and will decide motions in a timely manner after careful consideration of the law. I plan to continue remote hearings, especially to address non-contested matters, like scheduling.

Perez

My experience and qualifications allow me to understand where each case will leave off and the legal issues involved. If elected, I intend to begin preparing prior to being sworn in and look to my judicial mentors for their guidance and advice. I also intend to integrate some of the technological advances that resulted from the pandemic such as the ability to have remote hearings.

Rivas

First and foremost, maintaining and ensuring the integrity of the court is paramount. A comprehensive inventory and re-organization of the cases pending is absolutely necessary. I also intend to maintain current video hearings, as possible, to save time and ensure efficiency. I am also open to meeting with attorneys at CLE functions to gain additional insight regarding how to move cases faster.

Baeza

The Judge of County Court at Law #3 serves the people of El Paso County.What matters is whether El Paso County residents have confidence in my ability to apply the law correctly and to be fair and efficient. If elected, I would continue to serve if the community has confidence in me.

Perez

If elected, I intend to continue serving my community until it tells me otherwise or I feel that I am unable to effectuate the oath of the office.

Rivas

I do not have the ability to effectuate such a task and due to judicial ethics concerns, I am prohibited from commenting on such matters if there is a possibility this could become a legal issue addressed in a court at law. As a military officer, however, change in leadership is anecessity.

Baeza

I am running in the Democratic Primary because I am a Democrat. As early as I can remember, I always thought about fairness, whether with my brother or my peers.I believe in the principles of the Democratic Party.

Perez

I have been a life-long Democrat, and believe in the Democratic Party’s values. Personally, I have marched in the Women’s March and March for Reproductive Freedom with my daughters, and during law school I volunteered with the Coalición de Derechos Humanos.

Rivas

I am a proud Democrat ready to serve the people of El Paso, who will perform this duty in a manner that projects respect and dignity to the parties and the community. I have always voted as a Democrat.

Read more about this race

Back to Voter Guide

County Court at Law No. 3: Democratic Primary - El Paso Matters (8)

Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under a Creative Commons license. We ask that you follow some simple guidelines: https://elpasomatters.org/republishing-guidelines/

County Court at Law No. 3: Democratic Primary - El Paso Matters (2024)

References

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Ouida Strosin DO

Last Updated:

Views: 6522

Rating: 4.6 / 5 (56 voted)

Reviews: 95% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Ouida Strosin DO

Birthday: 1995-04-27

Address: Suite 927 930 Kilback Radial, Candidaville, TN 87795

Phone: +8561498978366

Job: Legacy Manufacturing Specialist

Hobby: Singing, Mountain biking, Water sports, Water sports, Taxidermy, Polo, Pet

Introduction: My name is Ouida Strosin DO, I am a precious, combative, spotless, modern, spotless, beautiful, precious person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.