It isn’t looking good for openly gay candidates in Dallas Municipal Elections tonight.
Three openly gay candidates in two districts all trailed by considerable margins in early voting, according to results posted to the Dallas County Elections website just a few minutes after polls closed at 7 p.m.. Election Day voting results won’t be posted for another hour or two, and we won’t know the final outcome of races until then. However, roughly half of all voters typically cast ballots early, so these results provide a good indication of where races are headed.
• In District 1, Scott Griggs leads Delia Jasso by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent, or 990 votes to 793, after early voting. This race is too close to call.
• In District 2, Adam Medrano captured 63 percent of the early vote, opening up a big lead over openly gay candidates Herschel Weisfeld and Vernon Franko, who had 32 percent and 1 percent, respectively. A fourth candidate, Ricky Gonzales, had 4 percent. It looks like Medrano will win this race outright and avoid a runoff. Medrano had 864 votes to Weisfeld’s 436.
• In District 3, anti-gay incumbent Vonciel Hill leads gay-friendly challenger Claudia Meyer by a margin of 67 percent to 27 percent after early voting. Hill had 1,063 votes to Meyer’s 433 votes. This race is over.
• In District 13, gay candidate Leland Burk trailed Jennifer Staubach Gates after early voting. Gates had 66 percent, or 3,955 votes, to Burk’s 33 percent, or 1,995 votes. Burk is in big trouble.
• In District 14, Philip Kingston led seven candidates with 32 percent, followed by Bobby Abtahi at 28 percent and Jim Rogers at 19 percent. This race is headed to a June 15 runoff, and the only question is who will be in it. At this point it looks like Kingston and Abtahi.