Name: Lyda Ness Garcia
Office Sought: 383rd Judicial District Court
Education: University of Michigan, BA. University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
Current Occupation: Attorney at Law
Political Experience: I am a single mom of three kids that I’ve been raising to make a positive difference in their community. I have been an active member of the El Paso Democratic party for many years, block walking and phone-banking for local El Paso Democratic party candidates. I have previously run for office to represent our community. I have spoken up for our community at City Council and helped organize multiple Rallies and Marches on progressive and social issues affecting our community to include Women’s Rights, Immigration rights, Gun Reform, LGBTQIA rights and Anti-Trump actions. I currently serve on the Planned Parenthood Community Board and the Texas board of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes. I was one of the cofounders of Women’s March El Paso and Stand with El Paso Women
In a concise sentence please explain to the voters your philosophy on taxation. (if the office you seek does not levy taxes, please indicate so here)
NA. My office does not have the ability to levy taxes.
Under what conditions will you vote to increase taxes? (if the office you seek does not levy taxes, please indicate so here)
Have you ever been arrested? If so, please explain the circumstances and the outcome.
Have you ever been sued? If so, please explain the circumstances of the suit.
Yes. Lawsuit and Countersuit that was resolved by agreement.
With a YES, or NO, do you support putting the voter-approved multiuse (sports arena) in the area commonly known as Duranguito?
Please explain your reasons to your answer to the question on Duranguito above?
Do you support, or oppose immigration detention centers at the County Jail or within the County of El Paso? Please explain your answer.
What is the number one goal you wish to accomplish during your next term of elected or reelected? Please limit your answer to one issue and explain how you plan to deliver the goal to the voters.
I have been in the trenches with these very families this Court serves and I understand how painful this process can be when it is drawn out. I want to change that by ensuring a prompt and fair resolution that you are entitled to. To that end I commit to moving the backlog of cases and that I will hear the cases assigned to me and not shift the responsibility onto other Judges.
In your opinion, what is the number one issue facing your constituency and how you plan to address it?
You are more likely to appear to appear in a Family Court than any other Court. It can feel like a cold, confusing and dehumanizing process. People need to feel that they have a voice and that they have been heard and received their day in Court. They need decisions and resolution quickly without waiting months for resolutions.