Dave Guy-Gainer lost his bid to become Tarrant County’s third openly gay elected official on Saturday. Incumbent Gerald Joubert defeated Guy-Gainer in a runoff for Forest Hill’s Place 3 City Council seat by a margin of 282 votes to 227.
Asked whether he feels his sexual orientation was a factor in the outcome, Gainer said: “Perhaps, but I really don’t think so. It was a ‘newcomer’ taking on a 12-year incumbent.”
Guy-Gainer added that it was a “great race” in which he learned a lot about Forest Hill.
Perhaps this will also give him more time to focus on repealing “don’t ask don’t tell.”
With Guy-Gainer’s defeat, Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns and Fort Worth ISD board member Carlos Vasquez remain the only two openly gay elected officials in the history of Tarrant County.