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William J. Gibbs Jr.  
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December 14, 2011 4:22pm
 
At 4:18 p.m., the Wilson County News received the following e-mail message from Floresville Constituent Liaison Sherry Pollok, with regard to the backgrounds of Jose Garza and Melissa Killen:

Jose Garza is an attorney with over thirty (30) years’ experience in election and voting law. He has taught voting seminars at both St. Mary’s and University of Texas Schools of Law.
Currently, Mr. Garza is the principle attorney for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) in the statewide redistricting trial involving the state house of representatives, senate and congress.
In addition, Mr. Garza has been counsel for LULAC and other minority plaintiffs in a number of voting rights cases. He has litigated many significant cases including, but not limited to:

· Perez v. State (current state-wide redistricting lawsuit)
· Petteway v. Galveston County (current section 5 enforcement action)(co-counsel with Melissa Killen)
· Vasquez-Lopez v. Medina County (current section 5 enforcement action)(co-counsel with Melissa Killen)
· Balderas v. Texas (state-wide redistricting lawsuit) (co-counsel with Melissa Killen)
· Valdespino v. Alamo Heights ISD (challenge of at-large election system)
· Terrazas v. Clements (challenge of state redistricting plans for Bexar and El Paso Counties)
· Lockhart v. United States (opposition of City of Lockhart preclearance)
· Alonzo v. Jones (challenge of at-large election system in Corpus Christi)

Melissa Killen is an attorney whose practice focuses primarily on governmental entities, including, but not limited to the following areas of law: redistricting and preclearance; conduct of elections; election contests; recall and/or referendum; annexation and deannexation; governance matters including open meetings, open records, quorum issues, agenda and resolution/ordinance drafting; public utility law including water law; transactional matters including contracts and real estate; labor and employment; and economic development issues.

Ms. Killen currently serves as co-counsel to Mr. Garza in two litigation matters regarding Section 5 of the federal voting rights act and has previously served as co-counsel to Mr. Garza on the legal team representing the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus’s challenge of the 2000 Texas House of Representatives redistricting.

In addition, Ms. Killen served on the legal team for Cameron and Hidalgo Counties challenge of the release of the adjusted 2000 census numbers; the League of United Latin American Citizens challenge of the 2000 United States House of Representatives redistricting; and defense of the City of San Antonio in the PGA Village lawsuit dealing with a petition submitted by citizens.

She has handled a variety of election issues including de-annexation petitions; recall petitions; referendum petitions and election contests.
     
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