SAN ANGELO, TX — District Judge Gisela Triana, a Democrat, was stumping in San Angelo for a place on the 3rd Court of Appeals. In Texas, we elect our state judges and Election Day is Nov. 6.
“I want you to vote for me because I am the best qualified for this job,” she told a room full of Tom Green County Democrats gathered for their monthly meeting at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts Monday night.
Triana gave a rundown of her experience, starting as a prosecutor, then as a City of Austin Municipal Court Judge, then Travis County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 5. She sat as a Judge for the Travis County Court at Law #5 before being elected District Judge for the 200th Judicial District of Texas in Travis County.
She said she is ready for the 3rd Court of Appeals, and its jurisdiction that stretches from Schulenburg in Fayette County in the east to Mertzon in Irion County in the west. The court is based in Austin and also hears appeals of cases involving the state government. The 3rd Court of Appeals also covers Tom Green County. One recent well-known case of this appellate court involved the appeal of Justin Riordan, a Miles man convicted for aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl at a house party. The court denied Riordan’s appeal.