Griggs, Jasso to battle for gay vote in District 1 after lawsuit dropped

Posted on 27 Dec 2012 at 7:24am

Scott Griggs and Delia Jasso

It’s looking more and more like next year’s District 1 Dallas City Council race will pit incumbents Scott Griggs and Delia Jasso against each other.

The Dallas Morning News reports that plaintiffs have dropped a federal lawsuit challenging the city’s redistricting map on the grounds that it discriminates against Hispanic voters. The map placed Jasso, who currently represents District 1, and Griggs, who represents District 3, in the same North Oak Cliff district.

The news brings added significance to resolutions Griggs says he plans to introduce next year in support of marriage equality and statewide ban on anti-LGBT employment discrimination.

I don’t think there’s any doubt the resolutions are partly designed to help Griggs compete for the gay vote against Jasso, who created the city’s LGBT Task Force after taking office in 2009.

But that doesn’t change the fact that the resolutions are overdue, and Jasso is among seven council members who’ve said they’ll support them.

The downside is that both Griggs and Jasso are LGBT allies, and one of them will likely be leaving the council.

The filing deadline for May 11 city elections is March 1.

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