Lesbian candidates seek return to city councils in Austin and San Antonio

Elena Guajardo

Two out lesbians are in runoffs for City Council seats in Texas. They are Elena Guajardo in San Antonio and Randi Shade in Austin.

Elena Guajardo

Elena Guajardo faces a runoff for the District 7 seat on the San Antonio City Council. When she was first elected in 2005, she was the first openly gay person to be elected to the council in the Alamo City.

San Antonio has the most restrictive term limits in the country. A council member or mayor can only serve two two-year terms.

In 2007, Guajardo was defeated, and this year she is one of five seeking the open seat.

When Guajardo was elected in 2005, San Antonio’s daily newspaper published the headline, “Lesbian wins council seat.” This time, the newspaper endorsed her.

Guajardo retired from Southwestern Bell after 30 years of service in 2000. She came out in 2004.

She said the first person she told was her bishop.

“There are two things I need to tell you,” she said to him. “First, I’m running for city council. Second, I’m gay.”

—  David Taffet