San Juan judge announces bid for 464th seat

Another candidate for the 464th state District Court officially filed to appear on the 2020 Democratic primary ballot, according to a news release.

San Juan Municipal Court Judge Joe Ramirez announced his filing for the primary Tuesday in the release.

“My professional career as an attorney and judge, combined with my strong values of respect and integrity, makes me the ideal candidate to fairly discern judgment and preside over the many different types of cases that will come before the 464th District Court,” Ramirez said in the release. “I promise to uphold the office and the bench with the respect that it merits, and to treat everyone that comes before the bench with the respect and fairness that they deserve.”

Ramirez, born in Weslaco and raised in south McAllen, graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law and has been practicing law since 2008, according to the state bar of Texas website. His sister, Aida Ramirez, is a former McAllen city commissioner.

Ramirez is also licensed to try cases in the Federal Southern District of Texas and the Federal Eastern District of Texas courts.

The 2020 Democratic primary election for the 464th District Court is scheduled for March 3, 2020; the general election is scheduled for Nov. 3, 2020.

Earlier this month, Judge Ysmael Fonseca, the current presiding judge of the 464th state District Court, announced his intention to keep the seat.

In August, Gov. Gregg Abbott appointed Fonseca, a McAllen native, to the seat after the governor had appointed the 464th seat’s judge at the time, Jaime Tijerina, to take the seat left vacant at the 13th Court of Appeals by recently convicted former judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado.

On Nov. 6, Fonseca officially announced that he will be seeking election to keep his seat during the Hidalgo County Republican Party primary in March 2020.

If Fonseca secures the GOP nomination, he would be on the ballot in Hidalgo County during the November 2020 general election.