Martinez gets Victory Fund endorsement

Sara Martinez

Sara Martinez

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund announced its latest round of endorsements in this year’s elections. Sara Martinez, who is running for Justice of the Peace in Dallas County, is on the list. Martinez already has the endorsement of Stonewall Democrats. In the runoff, she faces Melissa Bellan.

Martinez is running for Justice of the Peace Precinct 5, Place 1, which covers much of North Oak Cliff and Oak Lawn.

Early voting runs May 19 through May 23 and the runoff is May 27.

Of the 18 new endorsements, Victory Fund announced one other candidate from Texas — Jim Evans, who is running for Harris County family court judge in Houston.

Kay Floyd, running for state Senate in Oklahoma, also received one of the Victory Fund’s endorsements this week. Floyd is currently a state representative from Oklahoma City. She is running for state Senate, hoping to replace gay state Sen. Al McAffrey, who is vying for U.S. Congress.

Another local candidate who already received the Victory Fund endorsement is John Turner-McClelland who is running for Denton County Fresh Water Supply Board.

The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund works to elect LGBT leaders to public office.

—  David Taffet

Kay Floyd wins runoff, set to become Oklahoma’s 1st lesbian legislator

Kay Floyd

Kay Floyd, a lesbian, won a Democratic primary runoff on Tuesday to succeed state Sen. Al McAffrey in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Floyd, an Oklahoma City attorney and administrative law judge, decided to run for the seat when McAffrey, who is also gay, gave it up after winning a special election to fill a vacancy in the state Senate. Floyd received 63 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s runoff.

McAffrey congratulated Floyd on Facebook.

“A big congratulations to my friend Kay Floyd on her well-deserved win last night. Now on to November where she will defeat her Republican opponent!” he wrote.

Floyd has served as an assistant state attorney general and as deputy executive director for the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission. In addition to serving as an administrative law judge since 1989, she has been a special municipal court judge for Oklahoma City for 22 years.

Floyd is endorsed by the Washington, D.C.-based Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. In November, she faces a Republican opponent, but the district is heavily Democratic. If elected, she would become the first lesbian to serve in the Oklahoma Legislature.

—  David Taffet