This is a 3 way race with YVONNE ROSALES (108), JAIME ESPARZA (109) and LEONARD “LENNY” MORALES (110).
A native El Pasoan, Yvonne Rosales is a proud graduate of Austin High School, the University of Texas at El Paso and St. Mary’s University School of Law. Upon graduating from law school, Yvonne returned to El Paso to begin a career prosecuting dangerous criminals. In 2005, she co-founded the Al-Hanna and Rosales Law Firm, a successful criminal and family law firm. You can view her webpage here. Yvonne Rosales strongly supports using restriction methods, such as Ignition Interlock systems (which requires offenders to blow air into a device in order to start the vehicle) and other monitoring devices and programs to stop offenders from drunk driving while awaiting trial. She also states that she will work to reduce the huge case backlog. “It is her compassion and experience that makes Yvonne the best candidate for District Attorney of the 34th Judicial District, which encompasses the counties of El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson.”
Jaime Esparza is the incumbent and is currently serving his sixth term for El Paso, Culberson, and Hudspeth Counties, having been in office since 1993. Mr. Esparza is a 1979 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and, in 1983, earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center. He was licensed to practice law in 1983 and is Board Certified in Criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.You can view his webpage here. Jaime has most recently been in the news because of the Daniel Villegas wrongful conviction case, a case he has vowed to retry. “Experience + Leadership = Justice.”
Leonard Morales started his career as a both a line officer and JAG with a mixture of active duty and reserve time. After 25 years of service he retired from the U.S. Army in 2014. Currently he works cases before the State, Federal and Military Courts Martial for all services. He has argued before the appellate courts and has represented people accused of murders, intoxicated manslaughter, sexual assaults, drug conspiracy and domestic violence. You can view his webpage here. Leonard’s biggest focus is DWI reform with stricter policies for drunk drivers. “A new vision and new direction for our community.”
This is a hard one for us to call. Six terms in office is a LONG time to be DA and may have lead to some complacency. Yvonne Rosales has been a lawyer for a number of years and has some good ideas about making El Paso better. Leonard Morales appears to have the most varied resume and his experience with the military could provide some added benefits to El Paso and how it deals with what is happening with the military personnel from Fort Bliss.
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