Mark's Story


Agua Dulce born and raised, Mark A. Gonzalez learned from a very early age the immense value of community and commitment. From his days as a member of the Agua Dulce High School Longhorn football and baseball teams to his emergence as one of the Coastal Bend’s fiercest trial advocates, Mark has long understood that every member of the team — the community — has an integral role to play in its success. Now, he stands poised to assume the most important role he has yet to play for the community that has nurtured him every step of the way and that he loves so very dearly: Nueces County District Attorney.

First-time fatherhood at 21 proved challenging for him, but the strongest character is forged in the crucible of adversity. Facing his difficulties head on, Mark worked construction to pay his way through college, proudly graduating from Texas A&M Corpus Christi in 2002. Three years later, he received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. Since 2008, he has fought tirelessly to preserve the rights of citizens accused throughout the Coastal Bend, earning a sterling reputation as a committed, zealous, effective trial lawyer and winning Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year in 2011 from the Corpus Christi Bar Association. As District Attorney, that same commitment, zeal, and efficacy will enable him to effectively seek and secure justice for victims; implement innovative, preventative crime initiatives and programs; and punish violent offenders to the fullest extent of the law.

Transparency, efficiency, and community are the three foundational pillars on which Mark’s candidacy rest. Transparency in the evidence provided to defendants (as required by law), the DA’s office’s relationships with law enforcement, and in all the activities of the office. Efficiency in the appropriate, effective charging of crimes, the prudent use of taxpayer dollars, and in helping to reduce the jail population through timely intake and resolution of cases. Community focus through prosecutor outreach programs in conjunction with law enforcement, soliciting and listening to community concerns regarding crime and public safety, and the implementation of programs aimed at preventing youth crime and appropriately punishing first-time offenders.

The Nueces County District Attorney’s Office needs a new direction and a new leader at its helm. So, on March 1, 2016, press towards a new Mark in community protection by voting Mark A. Gonzalez in the Democratic primary.

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