District Clerk Aurora De La Garza says she is not seeking re-election

Aurora De La Garza

Aurora De La Garza's term doesn't end until December 2014 but Cameron County District Clerk is making a big announcement.

De La Garza said that she TMs not seeking re-election and giving those interested in running for the position even time to prepare.

The longtime district clerk said she's not linked to the Abel Limas cash for favors scandal and her retirement is strictly for personal reasons.

De la garza has worked for Cameron County for more than 33 years.

She was elected as district clerk for eight consecutive terms.

Among her biggest accomplishments while in office, is being the first Hispanic woman in the state to be named district clerk of the year.

De La Garza was also the first to implement the jury donation program, in which jurors have the option to donate their pay to a non-profit organization.

That program is now implemented across the entire Lone Star State.

Although recent allegations that her office was involved with assigning cases to favorable courts in the Abel Limas corruption scandal, De La Garza said it has not tainted her career.

"I have an open door policy, De La Garza said. We've cooperated you know whatever requests they made we gave and that's in itself you know I think that there's no problems, I haven't heard of anything of any involvement in my office. You know there were rumors and this and that but I have had nothing to do with that and we fully cooperated with the government."

De La Garza said the right person to fill her shoes must be motivated, want to work directly with the community and bring new ideas to the table on how to improve the office.

Planning to remain office until December of next year, De La Garza still plans to implement an electronic filing system.

She says after that she plans to spend more time at home with her husband and grandchildren, do some traveling and continue to be involved with community events.