District Level Judicial Candidates
Y and Z Counties
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Brochure of the Court System
Yoakum County (7,694 Population)
District 121up for re-election 2024.
Jurisdiction: Terry and Yoakum
Young County (17,867 Population)
District 90 up for re-election in 2024
Appointed by Governor Rick Perry
Jurisdiction: Stephen and Young
Zapata County (13,889 Population)
District 49 Judge Joe Lopez (IN) up for re-election in 2026. Judge Lopez earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his J.D. from the University of Houston. Since taking the bench fourteen years ago, Judge Lopez has presided at over two hundred criminal and civil trials in both Webb and Zapata Counties and has disposed on average 2000 cases a year since taking office. While on the bench, Judge Lopez has been selected by the Court of Criminal Appeals to represent the trial judges of Texas as an ASTAR court judge. ASTAR’s membership selects judges from across the country for special evidence and technology training. In addition, Judge Lopez has served as a Director to the State Bar’s Judicial Section and is currently a Commissioner to the Texas Access to Justice Commission.
Jurisdiction: Webb, Zapata
Zavala County (9,670 Population)
District 293 Judge Maribel Flores up for re-election 2026. Judge Flores is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas. Judge Flores graduated from Eagle Pass High School with highest honors in Eagle Pass, Texas.
Jurisdiction: Dimmit, Maverick, Montgomery and Zavala
District 365 Judge Amado Jose Abascal III up for re-election 2026. He received his Bachelor of Arts
Degree from St. Mary’s University and a Jurist Doctor Degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. 31 years of Institutional judicial experience, education, and training. Proven track record of Management of Complex legal cases and increasingly demanding court dockets in a fair and impartial manner based on the law and facts as presented in court.
Jurisdiction: Dimmit, Maverick and Zavala