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Elizabeth Warren endorses attorney Jose Garza for Travis County district attorney: Report

Jose Garza is joined by Democrat Erin Martinson and Republican Martin Harry in his race against Travis County DA Margaret Moore.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: The video above was published when Elizabeth Warren opened an office in Austin.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has made an endorsement in the Travis County district attorney race, according to KVUE's media partners at the Austin American-Statesman.

As attorney Jose Garza makes his bid against incumbent Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore, the Democrat's campaign got a boost with Warren's endorsement, the Statesman reported Jan. 28.

“With Jose as District Attorney, Travis County will gain another champion in the fight to transform our criminal justice system,” Warren said in a statement to the Statesman. “As an experienced public servant with a proven track record of standing up for working families, I know that Jose will be the fighter that Travis County communities deserve.” 

Garza is joined by Democrat Erin Martinson and Republican Martin Harry in his race against Moore.


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Moore's office has faced criticism over its handling of sexual assault cases as recently as November. The Austin Firefighters Association released a series of videos featuring sexual assault and sexual harassment victims that took aim at Moore, saying she didn't do enough to protect the victims. In September, a woman sued Moore and Assistant DA Melinda Montford for defamation over the office's handling of her sexual assault case. In August, Moore released her office's track record against sexual assault cases in response to the criticism. 

Garza previously told KVUE that more needs to be done with the sexual assault cases that are coming in. 

"Our district attorney's office has not treated women with dignity and respect," Garza said. "The record on her leadership on sexual assault is clear and it's terrible." 

WATCH: Firefighter union president voices concerns about Travis Co. DA's sexual assault case record


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