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Suzanne West for District Attorney

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Suzanne West Announces Candidacy for District 63 DA

 Suzanne West for DA US District 23Suzanne West, currently the City Attorney in Del Rio, is a former teacher and coach who believes that securing the safety of our families should be the guiding principle to any criminal justice system. As the adviser to one of the largest entities in Val Verde County—the City of Del Rio employs hundreds of employees and a multi-million dollar budget—Suzanne has spent the last 8 years advising City Officials on a vast expanse of governmental functions, and has at the same time been the Municipal Court prosecutor for thousands of cases.

Suzanne West’s time as City Attorney has shown the ability to do more with less—as one single attorney who practices both civil and criminal law at an advanced level, and has saved the City money by downsizing the number of attorneys while still spending less money on outside attorney assistance than was spent in previous years.

The right experience for a District Attorney matters. Suzanne is an accomplished leader, who has worked with many elected officials in order to foster teamwork and accomplishing shared goals. Prior to being appointed City Attorney, Suzanne was an assistant District Attorney locally and an assistant County Attorney in Kendall County, Texas. As the Chief Prosecutor in Boerne, Suzanne exhibited a true passion for community safety, with creating and promoting programs for Family Violence, Juvenile Justice, and training of police officers.

She is also a published legal author, with articles regarding the importance of trial preparation and prosecutorial discretion. In law school, Suzanne was selected to write in the Bar Journal, which was a competitive legal writing process which culminated in publication.

Suzanne is an experienced litigator, who has presented over 30 cases to criminal juries, and who has advocated in numerous other legal proceedings in front of judges, arbitrators, and mediators. Even back in law school, Suzanne was recognized for her advocacy skills, receiving the distinguished entry into the Order of the Barristers at St. Mary’s Law School in 2005, which is a national honorary organization that recognizes on a national basis those who have excelled in preparatory advocacy activities.

Suzanne truly connects with people that need the protection of the justice system—whether that requires the cooperation of the largest corporation full of busy executives or whether this protection requires the cooperation of the smallest child who cannot yet speak. Our system must help people—the necessary parties--participate with compassion and patience. Suzanne can and will work together with law enforcement entities to put together the strongest cases on behalf of our community that we possibly can.

Community programs and ethics entities have also requested Suzanne’s assistance. Suzanne was a member of the Kendall County Young Republicans, was the Treasurer for the Kendall County Republican Party, and one of the founding members of the Kendall County Women’s Shelter board. Suzanne was appointed to the attorney grievance oversight panel in Kendall County and surrounding areas, where she served to assist with attorney ethical complaints.

In Del Rio, Suzanne spent multiple years on the Leadership Del Rio planning board, which is an amazing program that provides networking opportunities and an expanded knowledge of the local resources and local businesses to participants in the year long program. Suzanne is currently on the school board at St. James Episcopal School and will take over as President of the Val Verde County Bar Association in January of 2020.

Suzanne West is the mother of two elementary school aged boys, and the wife of Derome West, a Lieutenant and Pilot with the Department of Public Safety. Their family moved to Del Rio in 2008. Suzanne grew up in Kerrville, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate degree. She was a fifth grade teacher for four years, spending two of those as a high school coach for volleyball and softball teams, before leaving education for law school so that she could embark on this exact journey to use her experience, energy, and effectiveness to advocate for victims, law enforcement, and justice.

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