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      Hidalgo County judges sworn in

      January 1st marks the start of a new era for some county offices.

      While many of the Hidalgo County judges have served previous terms, all of those sworn in Tuesday put their hand on the Bible and promised to uphold the laws of the land.

      Judge Bobby Flores has served as 92nd District Court judge for eight years and says his work is not yet finished.

      "I am in charge of the county DWI program and I still am not finished with that. That's one of my tasks, Flores said.

      Already on the bench Judge Rolando Cantu was sworn in as judge of the newly created county court-at-law #8.

      "I'm just happy to pitch in and help wherever I can to alleviate the work load because the work load is there," Cantu said.

      Cantu says he does not want to stop serving.

      "I TMm at a time in my life where I think my experience and legal background will contribute and possibly make an impact and contribute to the legal system. I love the legal system, it's a great system and I want to participate in it, Cantu said.

      To take his place in the county court-at-law #7 is newly elected Sergio Valdez who has practiced law in Hidalgo County courtrooms for 18 years.

      "It dawned on me last night that my role has changed dramatically, Valdez said. I'm no longer an advocate, I TMm now a neutral party, and I TMm beginning to realize the great responsibility I have to the constituents of this county."

      Valdez only received 49 percent of the vote in the May primary but beat his opponent in the July run off by a margin of two to one.

      "I TMm very proud of my supporters who continued to help me when in July, Valdez said.

      "We got a very good group of judges, a very good group. There are very good lawyers and will do good for us, Flores said.

      Judge Ricardo Rodriguez of the 92nd District Court and Judge Aida Salinas Flores of the 398th District Court were also sworn in Tuesday.