Featured, from left: son Alejandro Vásquez; Dr. Celina Vásquez; daughter Andrea Vásquez; presumptive Judge of the 398th District Court Librado “Keno” Vásquez; and daughter Olivia Vásquez.
Edinburg attorney Librado “Keno” Vásquez was the only name on the ballot for the judgeship of the 398th District Court in Hidalgo County, as his professional, business, and personal credentials were strong enough to discourage any opposition for the honor of serving as state district judge. “I am honored and humbled, thanks in large part to the outstanding work of my many supporters from all walks of life, that my candidacy for this very important position resulted in this incredible opportunity to serve our citizens in our judicial system,” said Vásquez, a Democrat whose main law office is in Edinburg. “There are no words to properly express my appreciation, but I plan to work very hard to continue earning the sacred trust that has been placed upon me.”
Edinburg attorney Keno Vásquez secures Democratic Party nomination, and with no GOP opponent, set to become judge of 398th District Court in Hidalgo County on January 1, 2017
By DAVID A. DÍAZ
Edinburg attorney Librado “Keno” Vásquez was the only name on the March 1, 2016 Democratic Party ballot for the judgeship of the 398th District Court in Hidalgo County, as his professional, business, and personal credentials were strong enough to discourage any opposition for the honor of serving as state district judge.
With no Republican opponent in the November 2016 general election, Vásquez is the presumptive new district court judge who will be sworn into office on January 1, 2017 for a four-year term on the bench.
“I am honored and humbled, thanks in large part to the outstanding work of my many supporters from all walks of life, that my candidacy for this very important position resulted in this incredible opportunity to serve our citizens in our judicial system,” said Vásquez, whose main law office is in Edinburg. “There are no words to properly express my appreciation, but I plan to work very hard to continue earning the sacred trust that has been placed upon me.”
Vásquez believes in equality, fairness, and respect of the law and the people it protects, according to his campaign website. He knows that for many people, this is “their day in court.” He will hold his courtroom to the highest level of integrity, equal opportunity, and knowledge of the law to support the decision-making process.
Representing clients on a daily basis has allowed Vásquez to build a rapport with them and enabled his clients to trust him and his legal expertise. He will exemplify all of these qualities in the courtroom in order to run an efficient court docket.
Vásquez, who is more well-known as “Keno”, has been in private practice for almost 20 years, and he and his wife, Dr. Celina Vásquez, whom he met while in law school, have been married for 17 years. Together, they have successfully nurtured and lovingly raised three children: Olivia, Alejandro, and Andrea.
“I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to serve in the capacity of state district judge. I have to start by thanking my wife for supporting me in this endeavor,” he said. “As we made a decision for me to seek public office, we prayed together as a family so that we could be guided to launch a respectable campaign.”
In addition to the values and integrity that he shares with his wife and children, Vásquez saved special praise for the positive influence he has received throughout his life from his parents.
“I will bring a long history of service to our area, and those achievements are a reflection of my upbringing and humble beginnings,” he said. “I credit this commitment to my parents, María Enriqueta “Keta” (Canche) Vásquez and the late Dr. Librado “Keno” Vásquez,” he said. “They instilled the value of hard work, professionalism, and the importance of giving back to our community.”
Vásquez also credited his unopposed candidacy in large part to grassroots and organized efforts at getting his name out to the community, coupled with his successes as a civil and criminal law attorney.
“We assembled a great team of friends and fellow attorneys who spread our good intentions with great enthusiasm and support,” he noted. “Thank you, thank you, thank you, to each and every one of you.”
According to TexasCourts.com:
The district courts are the trial courts of general jurisdiction of Texas. The geographical area served by each court is established by the Legislature, but each county must be served by at least one district court. In sparsely populated areas of the State, several counties may be served by a single district court, while an urban county may be served by many district courts.
District courts have original jurisdiction in felony criminal cases, divorce cases, cases involving title to land, election contest cases, civil matters in which the amount of money or damages involved is $200 or more, and any matters in which jurisdiction is not placed in another trial court. While most district courts try both criminal and civil cases, in the more densely populated counties the courts may specialize in civil, criminal, juvenile, or family law matters.
The 398th District is a court of general jurisdiction, according to its website. It handles all civil and criminal matters, including, but not limited to:
- Juvenile cases;
- Divorce cases;
- Contract disputes;
- Personal injury litigation;
- Medical malpractice cases;
- Capital murder cases;
- Burglary of habitations and buildings;
- Theft cases;
- Aggravated robberies;
- Sexual assault of adults and minors;
- Intoxication; and
- Manslaughter and assaults.
The juvenile cases involve the same type of criminal offense but follow a different process.
Also according to Vásquez’ website:
While attending Texas A&M University, Vásquez donated his time as a tutor in an after-school program for economically disadvantaged students.
He also taught at Díaz Junior High in Hidalgo, Texas.
He is a faithful parishioner at Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) Catholic Church and is a member of the ACTS community. He participates in the OLS ministries of Adoration and Hospitality.
Vásquez also donates his time to the McAllen Youth Soccer Association, and is a POP Warner Football coach and sponsor.
He participates with Relay for Life and is a proud sponsor of the Boys and Girls Club of America, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and Covenant Christian Academy.
His other affiliations include:
- American Bar Association;
- Hidalgo County Bar Association;
- Formerly Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association;
- Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association;
- Rio Grande Valley Food Bank;
- Covenant Christian Academy Sponsor;
- Diamondback Athletic Booster Club; and
- Relay for Life Sponsor.
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