Gonzalez ad circulates
QSanAntonio.com, October 29, 2010
Rosie Gonzalez, candidate for Bexar Count 436th District Court, released
an ad for her candidacy which has been circulating on the Internet. Gonzales
is facing off off against incumbent Lisa K. Jarret, a Republican who was
appointed to the newly created judgeship by the Governor Rick Perry.
Candidate Profile: Rosa
M. (Rosie) Gonzalez
QSanAntonio.com, October 23, 2010
Rosa M. (Rosie)Gonzalez is a native of Brownsville, Texas, but has lived
in San Antonio the better part of the last 25 years. She attended St.
Mary's University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
and later her law degree.
In the November election, Gonzales is facing
off off against incumbent Lisa K. Jarret, a Republican who was appointed
to the newly created judgeship by the Governor Rick Perry.
Gonzalez, who has a family law practice in
San Antonio, is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale
University and now sits on its Board of Directors as its legal counsel.
Additionally, she has a long established history of coordinating campaigns
and consulting for women candidates.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked in the many areas of social work:
child abuse investigator, community emergency assistance program coordinator,
gang counselor, program director for an adolescent substance abuse program,
juvenile probation officer and other similar positions.
Gonzalez has been endorsed by the Gay &
Lesbian Victory Fund.
Questions for Rosa M. (Rosie) Gonzalez
The judgeship you are running for is a new position.
Can you describe the circumstances that brought about its creation?
The court was created under HB 4833. Specifically, the AUTHOR'S / SPONSOR'S
STATEMENT OF INTENT delineates the following: Each session, the legislature
routinely approves the creation of new district courts for counties that
exhibit substantial judicial need. Several factors are analyzed in the
evaluation process, including increased caseloads, case backlogs, substantial
population growth, and county support. "Measuring Current Judicial
Workload in Texas", a research report issued by the Office of Court
Administration in 2008, also provided valuable data regarding judicial
need and was used in the analysis. H.B. 4833 established new district
courts in certain counties to support a more efficient and effective statewide
judiciary. Furthermore, SECTION 3. (a) Provided that effective October
1, 2009, Subchapter C, Chapter 24, Government Code, was amended by adding
Section 24.580, as follows: Sec. 24.580. 436TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT (BEXAR
(a) Provides that the 436th Judicial District is composed of Bexar County.
(b) Requires the 436th District Court to give preference to juvenile matters.
(c) Provides that the 436th Judicial District is created on October 1,
What are the primary issues that this judge would
Juvenile cases which are significantly different from adult criminal cases.
The hearings in this juvenile court are actually a civil proceeding whereas
an adult criminal defendant is charged in a criminal proceeding. Juvenile
cases are controlled by a hybrid of civil and criminal laws. While the
actual charges against a juvenile are brought by means of a civil lawsuit,
the juvenile offender is given virtually the same constitutional rights,
privileges and protections that an adult criminal defendant possesses.
What in your background and work experience qualifies
you for the position?
Child Protective Services Caseworker, Community Emergency Assistance Program
Coordinator, Gang Counseling Facilitator, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program
Casemanager and Program Director, Intensive Supervision Probation/Juvenile
Probation Officer. These are all positions I had the opportunity to work
diligently at, and it is the experiences within those capacities that
have made me sensitive to the needs of our youth, their families, and
our community as a whole.
My background in this type of social work instilled in me the ability
to look beyond what the child and their family present on the surface,
the end results of their very personal plights, and helped me to look
toward positive interventions and solutions for them. This position requires
someone to fill it that is a problem-solver, one who looks beyond the
child and draws on the community of family, school, and other qualified
professionals to provide a plan that will diminish recidivism, hold offenders
accountable, and provide them with the needed skills and support that
will make them into productive adult members of our community. That person
What would do differently from your opponent, who
is the currently appointed incumbent?
Explore opportunities to:
- Get CASA Volunteers involved (as they are in Travis County)
- Use effective supervision techonology (GPS) to track probationers in
need of such supervision
- Expand the docket to include children involved in both Juvenile Court
system and Child Protective Services
- Start a 60 minutes Mentor program, in which actual local success stories
are presented to Juvenile population in an interactive manner
- Engage the local business community to train and employ our youth
- Engage the local arts community to develop Community Service programs
that can serve not only the Juvenile population and their parents simultaneously
- Provide a more flexible docket schedule to allow higher participation
by working parents
- Show my community that I truly have a passion to serve our youth because
I believe we can provide them a bright promising future when we judge
them on their redeemable qualities, and judge them less on their mistakes
and more how they handle their mistakes.
Do you have any words for San Antonio voters regarding
the November election?
We are living at a time when we are standing at a crossroad. All across
this great nation of ours we are starting to witness the fabric that has
made this country so strong, the fabric of our diversity, start to fray.
WE must commit to work to strengthen our communities and not become a
part of the problem. You can only do that BY VOTING. Vote because your
brother or sister has fought hard here and abroad to insure our way of
life and government. Vote because your grandparents or great grandparents
were not allowed to but fought hard to make sure their children and now
YOU can vote. Vote because you want your voice heard and counted. Vote
because you want our community to be a better place to live in for you
and your loved ones--a better place to live in than when you entered it.
VOTE to send a message out that you believe in self-determination for
individuals and the masses, and do not believe that our lives should be
dictated by a few elite. VOTE so you can proudly declare that you have
made a difference.
Trainees and instructors at the Gay &
Lesbian Victory Fund's Leadership Institute Candidate Campaign Training
held recently in Denver. San Antonio attorney Rosie Gonzalez (front row
center wearing white shirt and black tie) was among the 24 trainees.
Local attorney completes
Victory Fund training
QSanAntonio.com, October 3, 2009
Rosie Gonzalez, a local activist and attorney, has just returned from
Denver where she participated in the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund’s
Leadership Institute Candidate Campaign Training. The training took place
from September 24 through 27 at the Gill Foundation Building and the Sheraton
Denver Downtown Hotel.
The Victory Fund classes that Gonzalez took provide comprehensive, nonpartisan
training to present and future openly GLBT candidates, campaign staff
and community leaders. Training attendees learn about skills and strategy
by engaging in tough, realistic campaign situations.
Gonzalez, who has a family law practice, is a graduate of the Women’s
Campaign School at Yale University and now sits on its Board of Directors
as the board’s Legal Counsel. Additionally, she has a long established
history of coordinating campaigns and consulting with local candidates.
(See related stories below.)
"Most recently, my consulting has been focused on women candidates.
I provide free consulting because I am committed to getting women elected
to public office," she told QSanAntonio.
Of the 28 present at the Leadership Institute in Denver, four were trainers
and facilitators: Chuck Wolfe, Joe Fuld, Heather Colburn and Kelton Morgan
(a San Antonio political consultant who is President of Campaign Services
The remaining 24 were trainees that represented communities from Connecticut,
Illinois, Colorado, Michigan, D.C., Georgia, Arizona, Ohio, California,
Louisiana, Florida, New York and Texas. Six of the 24 were women, and
seven of the 24 were Hispanic. Two participants were transgender.
The goal of the 3-day training seminar is to educate and train individuals
in running for office or interested in insuring that members of GLBT communities
are elected to public office across the country. The Leadership Institute
has trained hundreds of openly GLBT candidates and campaign workers how
to build winning campaigns.
QSanAntonio asked Gonzalez if she was planning to run for public office.
She would not go on the record on that topic other than to say that there
was an office she was interested in seeking but did not offer any specifics.
What Gonzalez did say was that she sees her
participation in the Victory Fund training as an extension of her work
and activism. "As a member of the GLBT community, I live my life
and practice my profession. My goal is not to be recognized as ‘out,’
because my being ‘out’ is part of many facets of me, but to
live to see the day when we as members of the GLBT community are indistinguishable
from the mainstream population."
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Leadership Institute’s seminar
is offered across the country at different times during the year. Please
visit the Victory Fund web site www.victoryfund.org for more information
regarding future training opportunities.
Aida Rojas, Diane Arevalo, Dinorah Diaz,
Rosie Gonzalez, and Olga Kauffman, all from San Antonio, at the the Women's
Campaign School at Yale University Law School.
San Antonio women attend
Yale Campaign School
QSanAntonio.com, July 23, 2009
On July 14, 2009, 68 women from across the country and around the world
converged at the Women's Campaign School at Yale University's Law School
in New Haven, Connecticut. Women came from as far as the Sudan, Bosnia,
Mexico, Afghanistan, and Slovakia. The group also included women from
The Women's Campaign School is a nonpartisan, non-advocacy, political
campaign training program. Their mission is "to provide the very
best training in the world for women who want to run for office or who
want to move up to higher elective office. We train women to run political
campaigns, and to advance their careers in public life in political environments.
We train women leaders who are capable of building relationships regardless
of political point of view."
San Antonio was fortunate to be well represented by four phenomenal women
as students and another amazing woman who sits on the school's board of
Aida Rojas and Dinorah Diaz are two well-established and respected attorneys
who are solo practitioners with practices that encompass civil litigation,
family law, criminal defense, and an array of other practices of law.
Both Rojas and Diaz are candidates for judge of local district courts.
Diane Arevalo comes from a long line of community activists and politicos
with a history of service to San Antonio. Diane is currently employed
at Ticketmaster and assists in planning local political campaigns and
fundraisers. Olga Kauffman is a San Antonio fundraising consultant with
a demonstrated commitment to the women and children of our great city.
The four San Antonio women who attended and participated in the Women's
Campaign School were recruited by and encouraged to apply to the program
by Rosie Gonzalez, an alumnus of the campaign school (Class of 2007) who
now sits on the Board of Directors as their legal counsel.
Gonzalez is a local attorney with a Family Law practice that focuses on
child abuse litigation, and consults with local women candidates about
how to run successful political campaigns for public office. (See related
The women participated in an exhausting and grueling five-day curriculum
that began each day at 8:15 a.m. and ended about 8:00 p.m. The participants
were exposed to an array of tremendous women speakers who schooled them
on a number of subjects and skills necessary to run a successful campaign
for public office.
Topics discussed included how to write campaign speeches, developing image,
how to make the decision to run, video presence consulting, polling, developing
image and messaging, communicating via paid media, maneuvering through
social media sites, web site development, GOTV strategies, fundraising,
campaign budgeting and more.
"Rest assured that our ladies left Yale feeling like they are poised
to run for city council, judge, state rep., Governor, Congress even President
of the United States!" says Gonzalez.
The Women's Campaign School takes place every year in July and is always
seeking qualified, motivated and ambitious women to carry the torch to
political victories. Interested women are encouraged to apply for consideration.
Visit www.wcsyale.org for more information. Applications are taken starting
in February each year.
For a personal presentation about the program
and what it has to offer, contact Rosie Gonzalez at 210-224-1283.
Community leader chosen
for Women’s Campaign School at Yale
QSanAntonio.com, May 25, 2007
San Antonio attorney and Equality Texas board member, Rosie Gonzalez,
has been chosen to participate in the Women’s Campaign School at
Yale University this summer. Gonzalez will take part in a training program
that brings women together from around the United States and other parts
of the world to learn the skills and strategies to run successful political
campaigns. For five days the participants are put through an intensive
political immersion program designed to teach political skills, strategic
assessment, and improvisation.
"I understand I will be learning from accomplished women in politics
from across the country," Gonzalez told QSanAntonio. "My plan
is to represent well, as a woman, as a Latina, as ‘familia’,
and simply as ‘gente’ and to confirm that to Yale University
that their selection is truly a perfect example of new leadership already
on the horizon for the 21st century."
Gonzalez says that to her understanding the selection process for WCS
begins by being nominated by someone who has taken the training previously.
"In my case, the Hon. Karen Crouch who presides over Bexar County
Court at Law No. 8 nominated me," she explains. "The selection
committee then requires nominees to submit an application outlining community
activities and political involvement. The applications are then weighed
against each other and the committee selects the final list of participants
for the program."
Gonzalez is a native of Brownsville, Texas who now resides in San Antonio.
She earned her B.A. in Political Science from St. Mary’s University
in San Antonio in 1987 and her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School
of Law in 2001. As an attorney, Gonzalez has over 11 years of experience
in the practice of family law and social services with two of those years
in private practice.
Gonzalez’ credentials as a community leader are impressive. She
is the President of the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas. She
sits on the Jury Service and Racial Diversity in the Profession Committees
of the State Bar of Texas, and is the Chair-Elect of the Hispanic Issues
Section of the State Bar of Texas. She also sits on the State Board of
Equality Texas, and holds a number of board positions on local non-profit
boards of directors in San Antonio, Texas.
I still can't believe I was selected," Gonzalez told QSanAntonio.
"I plan to return and share everything I learn with anyone who is
interested and will listen in hopes that the benefits personally gained
at the WCS impacts our community exponentially."