Big changes in the offing
by Chip Latcham
Sep 14, 2011 | 1411 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This week’s major announcement that state Rep. José Aliseda will not seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives may have caught area political watchers by surprise.

And his stating that he intends to run, instead, for Martha Warner’s district attorney’s position may have caused many heads to turn – until their explanations were revealed.

Mrs. Warner, a devoted, professional prosecutor and tireless advocate for local crime victims, particularly women and children suffering abuse and violence, announced that she will be stepping down at the end of her term in December 2012 for health reasons.

She will be completing her second four-year term as district attorney. However, she recently was diagnosed with lupus and told to reduce the stress in her life to better deal with the disease.

It should be noted that Warner, a Democrat, sought out Aliseda, a Republican, to replace her. She said she thought of Aliseda because he had served as county attorney, county judge and as a member of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

“The possibility of serving as district attorney for my home and neighboring counties will allow me to use my experience in criminal justice to continue to serve the public and be closer to my family and ranch,” Aliseda said.

His accomplishments while serving this district in Austin are almost too numerous to mention. He has been named “Freshman of the Year” by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, House Republican Caucus Freshman of the Year and earned the Taxpayer Advocate Award.

Aliseda will be the featured speaker at Thursday night’s Bee County Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Although we don’t know yet whether he will draw an opponent for this three-county district (Bee, Live Oak and McMullen), we believe Warner could not have found a better replacement.

We wish them both well in their future pursuits, and good health.

– Chip Latcham
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