Houston GLBT Political Caucus endorses 3 candidates in primary

Posted on 06 Apr 2006 at 9:02pm

The political action committee of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus has endorsed three candidates in the Democratic primary runoff elections.

The PAC has endorsed Borris L. Miles, running against incumbent Al Edwards for Texas House District 146; Barbara Ann Radnofsky, running against Gene Kelly for U.S. Senate; and Ted Ankrum, running against Paul Foreman for U.S. House District 10.

There is no Republican running for the Texas House in District 146, so the winner of the Democratic primary runoff will win the seat.

The winner of the Democratic runoff in the race for U.S. senator will face incumbent Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Hutchinson was unopposed in the Republican primary.

The winner in the Democratic runoff for District 10 in the U.S. House will face incumbent Michael T. McCaul. McCaul was also unopposed in the Republican primary.

Maria Gonzalez, president of the GLBT political action committee, said her organization is “extremely proud” to endorse the candidates, and that she believes these three candidates will “stand up and do the right thing for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.”

“It is critical that our community vote in this runoff election because our vote can make a difference,” Gonzalez said. “One prime example is the opportunity to elect Boris Miles, a pro-equality candidate who will fight against discrimination and ensure that all Texans are treated equally.”

Gonzalez said Edwards, the incumbent, has repeatedly voted against the GLBT community, and that he has supported anti-gay bills on adoption and foster care, and the anti-gay-marriage amendment.

“The GLBT community can single-handedly make a difference in this runoff. We are imploring the community to go to the polls as soon as early voting starts and support these pro-GLBT candidates,” Gonzalez said.

Early voting runs from April 3 through April 7. Election day is April 11. Early voting locations can be found at www.harrisvotes.com.

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. A Community Work Day is held the second Saturday of each month. Visitors are invited to attend both meetings.

For information, call 713-521-1000, e-mail info@hglbtpl.org or visit www.hglbtpc.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, April 8, 2006.

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