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

Ex-Councilman J.T. Price rescinds endorsement of Theresa Daniel over her support for gay rights

On Monday we told you that Theresa Daniel, a Democratic candidate for the newly redrawn District 1 seat on the Dallas County Commissioners Court, had sent out an endorsement letter signed by 17 “LGBT Leaders & Friends.” Among other things, the letter mentioned that Daniel is a longtime member of Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, which is, of course, the party’s LGBT caucus. Well, apparently that came as a surprise to former Dallas City Councilman Jesse “J.T.” Price, who had endorsed Daniel for Commissioners Court. Daniel reports this morning that, after learning that she’s a member of Stonewall, Price requested that she remove his name from her endorsement list.

“I am disappointed by this development, and had I known Price held this view, I never would have used his name to begin with,” Daniel said in an email. “To my mind, being a Democrat means that you are inclusive and accepting of others. It also means that you are committed to fighting discrimination wherever it exists. I am proud of my convictions, proud of my work with the LGBT community and Democratic Party, and proud of my membership in Stonewall Democrats.”

FYI, in case you’ve never heard of Jesse Price, according to Dallas Morning News archives, he served on the council from 1967 to 1972.

Read Daniel’s full email after the jump.

—  John Wright

17 ‘LGBT Leaders & Friends’ back Theresa Daniel for Dallas County Commissioners Court

Theresa Daniel, a Democratic candidate for the newly redrawn District 1 seat on the Dallas County Commissioners Court, today sent out an endorsement letter from a group of “LGBT Leaders & Friends.”

Read our recent story on the District 1 race here. Coincidentally, The Dallas Morning News had a good primer on the race in today’s edition saying there’s a “good chance” the district (currently represented by retiring Republican Maurine “Trans Fat” Dickey) will go Democratic. The story also compares the new district to “the head of a pipe wrench” and notes that it “flows into the north, south and eastern parts of the county and includes parts of Pleasant Grove, Garland, Richardson, Oak Lawn and White Rock Lake.”

“Because of the new demographics, the winner will have to develop a coalition that crosses racial and geographic lines and be able to reach out to all the groups,” the DMN’s story states.

The letter in support of Daniel is signed by 17 people, from former State Rep. Harryette Ehrhardt to former City Councilman Chris Luna, and states that Daniel “didn’t join the Stonewall Democrats last month or last year just because she is running for office.” Which, apparently, is a jab at one of her opponents in the primary, Daniel Clayton. The letter also notes that Theresa Daniel, a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee, voted in favor of putting a marriage equality resolution on the statewide primary ballot earlier this year. As we’ve noted, that resolution has failed twice.

“Theresa Daniel does more than talk the talk,” the letter states. “She walks the walk. She has been there with us, and with dozens of other community groups, working to make Dallas County a better, more Democratic place. We don’t have to worry about where Theresa Daniel stands or how she will perform. She has earned our trust.”

Read the full letter after the jump.

—  John Wright

Democrats seeking District 1 Commmissioners Court seat to debate Saturday at Oak Lawn Library

Theresa Daniel and Daniel Clayton

Park Cities/Central Dallas Democrats hosts a forum for candidates for Dallas County Commissioners Court, District 1, on Saturday, March 3 at the Oak Lawn Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Three candidates will square off in the Democratic Primary to fill the seat currently held by Republican Commissioner Maureen Dickey.

The candidates are Gloria Levario, Theresa Daniel and Daniel Clayton.

Clayton works for State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas. Daniel, a UTA professor, has served on the State Democratic Executive Committee since 1996 and as chair of the Dallas County Democratic Party Advisory Committee for four years. Levario works for Baylor’s physician network to manage their medical practices.

The district lines have been redrawn, making the seat more likely to be won by a Democrat. The new district covers a north central portion of the county and includes parts of Oak Lawn. Cedar Springs Road is the boundary line.

Read more about the race here.

—  David Taffet