Dallas attorney Domingo Garcia spoke to an energized crowd at the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas meeting Tuesday night about the importance of voting early to help him make history.

SDD endorsed Garcia in the race for the new Congressional District 33. He faces state Rep. Marc Veasey in the July 31 runoff. Veasey spoke last week at the Tarrant County Stonewall meeting. Garcia, who has picked up some Tarrant County support, did not attend that meeting but didn’t have to remind the Dallas Stonewall group about his LGBT support.

While serving on the Dallas City Council from 1991-95, Garcia was a strong proponent of the Dallas police lifting a ban on hiring gays and lesbians and supported adding sexual orientation to the city’s policy protecting employees against discrimination. When he went on to serve in the Texas House in 1996 until 2002, he voted for an LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill in 2001.

Garcia thanked the group Tuesday night amid loud applause and cheers and said the group’s endorsement helped him survive the 11-candidate primary. Calling it a “turnout election,” Garcia said it was vital for voters to vote in the runoff July 31 and early-vote beginning Monday.

“This is crucial,” he said. “If Dallas can turn out more voters, then we really have a shot at winning District 33.”

Garcia is vying to become the first Hispanic elected to Congress in North Texas, something he mentioned Tuesday as he reminded the audience to help him make history.

“I want you to help me make history as we elect the first Democrat Congressman in District 33,” he said. “That victory won’t happen unless we get out our vote.”

Read more about the runoff for District 33 in Friday’s edition of Dallas Voice.