SAN ANGELO, TX — Local attorney Gonzalo Rios has announced his candidacy for the 119th District Judge.
On Monday, Nov. 27th, at 5:30 p.m. at the steps of the Tom Green County Courthouse, Rios made his announcement.
Rios is vying to succeed Judge Ben Woodward, who has opted not to pursue another term.
The 119th court holds jurisdiction over Concho, Runnels, and Tom Green Counties.
Rios is the first candidate to enter the race for the open District Judge seat in the March Primary election.
It was previously reported that Rios is a San Angelo native and an alumnus of Central High School.
His academic journey led him to acquire a Bachelor’s degree in Government and a Master of Business Administration from Angelo State University.
He furthered his education by obtaining a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Thurgood Marshall Law School in Houston.
With a legal practice spanning over 30 years, Rios boasts extensive expertise in various areas of law, including Family, Criminal, Child Protective Services, and Appellate law.
He stands as one of the initial local attorneys authorized to handle capital cases and has also contributed as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at ASU.
His commendable efforts in pro bono work, mentorship of fellow attorneys, and an accolade in Commercial Law with an American Jurisprudence Award have earned him recognition.
To support his campaign, retired County Judge Steve Floyd will serve as treasurer.
As a Republican candidate, Rios will feature on the ballot for the March 5th primary.
The final day to file for the seat is Dec. 11, 2023.