Name: Abe Gonzalez
Office Sought: Judge of the 448th District Court
Education: (Proud) Hanks High School Graduate; BA from UTEP, cum laude; JD from University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude
Current Occupation: Lawyer
Political Experience: None
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)
The office I seek does not impose taxes.
Under what conditions will you vote to increase taxes? (if the office you seek does not levy taxes, please indicate so here)
The office I seek does not impose taxes.
Have you ever been arrested? If so, please explain the circumstances and the outcome.
I have never been arrested.
Have you ever been sued? If so, please explain the circumstances of the suit.
I have never been sued.
With a YES, or NO, do you support putting the voter-approved multiuse (sports arena) in the area commonly known as Duranguito?
This question does not apply to the office I seek. Moreover, considering this issue is working its way through the courts, I do not believe my views on the subject are relevant.
Please explain your reasons to your answer to the question on Duranguito above?
Please see above answer.
Do you support, or oppose immigration detention centers at the County Jail or within the County of El Paso? Please explain your answer.
This question does not apply to the office I seek. Moreover, considering this issue may work its way through the courts, I do not believe my views on the subject are relevant.
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.
Efficiency! Currently, cases in the 448th District Court can take over 2 years to get resolved. That means El Pasoans who file a lawsuit or are sued have to wait over 2 years to learn whether they have won or lost. That is far too long. Being involved in a lawsuit is a scary, time-consuming, and stressful event. I want to ensure that El Pasoans get their day in court and do so in an efficient manner without cutting corners. El Pasoans deserve to have their day in court in a reasonable time so that they can move on with their lives.
I plan to accomplish this goal in three ways. First, I will apply the same work ethic I have used in my practice for over 10 years to the court (i.e., knowing the facts and status of each case) so that cases are not forgotten and left to languish. Second, I will impose reasonable deadlines for trial at the beginning of each case so that lawyers and the court are working toward a definite end date—something clients will appreciate. Third, I will hold lawyers to those deadlines and make sure I do my part as a judge to move cases toward that resolution.
In your opinion, what is the number one issue facing your constituency and how you plan to address it?
The number one issue facing El Pasoans is the efficiency of the Court as discussed above. I will address that issue based on three things that I bring to the Court. First, experience. I have practiced for over 10 years handling civil cases exclusively, which are the only cases this Court hears. With my experience, I know how cases should proceed and will ensure lawyers are held to the deadlines imposed by the Court. Second, I will work every day to resolve cases fairly and quickly so that El Pasoans involved in the lawsuits can get on with their lives and not be stuck in court for over 2 years. Third, I care about El Paso. I was born and raised here. I have served on the board of El Paso’s only food bank for over 7 years. I also serve on the Board for the El Paso Bar Association. And, for the past 2 years, I have chaired the Access to Justice Fair, which provides free legal services to El Pasoans who cannot afford a lawyer, because everyone—regardless of income—should have the ability to get legal advice. Experience, efficiency, and my desire to help El Paso are the reasons I am asking you to vote for Abe Gonzalez for Judge.