Terry Palacios: A Dedicated Public Servant and Aspiring District Attorney

Former Municipal Judge Honored for Years of Service

Judge Terry Palacios announced his bid for Hidalgo County District Attorney. Image Source: Facebook
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Edinburg, Texas – In a packed City of Edinburg Council Chambers, Judge Toribio “Terry” Palacios was recognized for his exceptional service to the Edinburg community. Having been first elected as the City’s Municipal Court Judge in 1994, Palacios faithfully served for an impressive 27 consecutive years. Throughout his tenure, he consistently won re-election and devoted himself wholeheartedly to the people of Edinburg.

The proclamation honoring Palacios highlighted his unwavering dedication, class, and integrity. It was evident that he held the office in the highest professional manner, earning the respect and admiration of the City and its citizens. The City of Edinburg expressed gratitude for Palacios’ decades of service and extended their best wishes for his future endeavors. The Edinburg City Council takes this opportunity to honor Judge Toribio “Terry” Palacios for his outstanding contributions to public service.

City officials and the public alike commended Palacios for his extensive service and wished him well in his upcoming campaign. Earlier this month, Palacios announced his candidacy for the position of Hidalgo County District Attorney, pursuing a lifelong aspiration. Resigning as the Municipal Judge allowed him to focus on his countywide campaign. In a testament to the respect his peers and colleagues hold for him, his successor, Hector Bustos, asked Palacios to administer the oath of office as his replacement on the bench.

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Judge Terry Palacios Accepts Proclamation Honoring Years of Service from the City of Edinburg. Courtesy Image
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A Legacy of Service and Commitment

Terry Palacios, a practicing criminal defense attorney, has overseen thousands of criminal cases during his illustrious 30-year tenure with the Law Office of Garcia, Quintanilla, and Palacios. Born and raised in Edinburg, Palacios obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Pan American. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Not only has Palacios excelled in his legal career, but he has also been an active and civic-minded contributor to the Edinburg community. Over the years, he has served in various leadership roles in esteemed organizations such as the Housing Authority, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, and the Boys and Girls Club, among others that he supports and contributes to.

The youngest of twelve children, Palacios hails from a humble family of hardworking manual laborers who toiled in the fields. From an early age, he recognized the power of education in breaking the cycle of poverty. Leading by example, Palacios became the first in his generation to pursue a college education, thereby changing his family’s trajectory from the farm fields to the classroom. His achievements made him a trailblazer who inspired future generations with the belief that education is the ultimate equalizer, coupled with a strong work ethic and a commitment to helping others. In turn, his children, nephews, nieces, and extended family members have followed in his footsteps, pursuing higher education and successful careers in fields such as business, law, education, medicine, and law enforcement.

Continuing the Legacy of Fairness and Integrity

Palacios, running for the position of District Attorney, aims to carry forward a legacy marked by fairness, integrity, and respect. With his extensive background as both a criminal defense attorney and an elected official, he is committed to protecting the rights of all individuals and ensuring that justice is administered equitably. Palacios firmly believes in fair treatment for all, regardless of their background or circumstances.

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“I am fully prepared to take on the responsibility of serving the people of Hidalgo County in this capacity,” remarked Palacios. “My experience, knowledge, and unwavering dedication to justice will carry on the legacy of fairness and integrity in the District Attorney’s Office.”

Palacios is happily married to his wife Hope, and together they have nine children – Audra (Steven Cruz), Alexandra, Toribio Jr., Andres, Shiloh Lily, Kali, Alian, and Annika – as well as seven grandchildren.

Remember to exercise your right to vote in the upcoming March 2022 Primary Election. Early voting starts on Monday, February 14, 2022, and runs through Friday, February 25, 2022. Election Day is Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

To learn more about Terry Palacios and his campaign, visit Garrity Traina.