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Jose "Chito" Vela

Running for State Representative, District 46
Election: May 22, 2018

Jose “Chito” Vela is an immigration attorney, workers’ rights advocate and a former City of Austin planning commissioner. A longtime advocate for working families in Austin, Vela is the former board chair of the nonprofit Workers Defense Project and is a partner in Walker Gates Vela PLLC, a law firm dedicated to serving immigrants. Before opening his own law practice, which also includes criminal defense work, Chito served as General Counsel for a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives and prior to that was an Assistant Attorney General in the Open Records Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office.