POLITICAL CALENDAR: Fundraiser for 7-11-born Theresa Daniel features free adult Slurpees

Three political events of interest to the LGBT community are happening Wednesday night and Thursday. Equality Texas will be raising funds in Fort Worth, and candidates Theresa Daniel and Paul Sadler will be meeting voters. Without endorsing any candidates, however, Daniel does win our vote for best logo of the political season (right).

Equality Texas

Red, White & You takes place Thursday at the Rebecca Low Gallery in Fort Worth and benefits Equality Texas. The evening includes signature drinks, gourmet tastes, music and fun.

In the upcoming legislative session, Equality Texas hopes to advance employment nondiscrimination legislation and money raised at this event will support that effort.

Tickets are $50. Register here.

Rebecca Low Gallery, 7608 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth. July 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Paul Sadler

Also Thursday, the Preston Hollow Democrats host Democratic Senate candidate Paul Sadler at Northaven United Methodist Church. Mingling starts at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 7 p.m. Sadler will discuss his vision for Texas and answer questions from the audience.

Sadler faces Grady Yarbrough in the July 31 runoff. Early voting takes place July 23–27.

Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Road, July 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Theresa Daniel

On Wednesday night (and beginning in about an hour), attend a birthday celebration and fundraiser for Theresa Daniel, the Democratic nominee for the District 1 seat on the Dallas County Commissioners Court. In honor of her birthday on 7-11, complimentary “adult” Slurpees and appetizers will be served. A minimum campaign contribution of $25 is appreciated.

In November, Daniel faces Republican Larry Miller, whose used anti-gay tactics in the GOP primary.

The Home of Norma Minnis, 9729 Van Dyke Road, Dallas. July 11 from 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

—  David Taffet

UPDATED: Anti-gay mailer targets GOP candidate for Dallas County Commissioners Court

Log Cabin Republicans alleges that Larry Miller, a candidate for the District 1 seat on the Dallas County Commissioners Court, sent out an anti-gay campaign mailer this week attacking his opponent in the Republican Primary, Cecile Fernandez.

Fernandez, a former Dickey’s Barbecue executive, appeared at a Log Cabin meeting earlier this year and subsequently told Dallas Voice she supports offering domestic partner benefits to county employees. The mailer obtained by Log Cabin, shown above, quotes the Voice’s article and declares, “Cecile Fernandez Supports Spending Your County Tax Dollars to Pay for ‘Partnership’ Benefits. … Does Cecile Fernandez reflect YOUR values?”

“I have the unhappy task of informing you that the political tactics used in the District 1 race for the Dallas County Commissioners Court have hit a new low,” Log Cabin President Thomas Purdy said in a statement. “This week, an anti-gay mailer from the Larry Miller campaign slimed its way into the mailboxes of Republican households across Dallas County.”

Miller, a former Hunt County district attorney, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Last week, Fernandez alleged that Miller planned to send out a “cruel” mailer containing the details of a nasty divorce she went through years ago — a claim which Miller’s campaign denied.

Several Democrats are also vying for the District 1 seat, which is currently held by Republican Commissioner Maurine Dickey. Dickey is retiring and the district was redrawn to be majority Democratic.

UPDATE: Miller said in an email responding to our inquiry: “There is nothing ‘anti-gay’ about our mailer. I do not believe taxpayer money should be used for partnership benefits and my opponent is on the record in favor of taxpayer support of those benefits. I have attended many Republican meetings and met many voters who agree with my position.”

Below is the full statement about the mailer from Log Cabin:

—  John Wright