By John Wright
Clinton, Valdez, Cortes among committee’s recommendations

Darlene Ewing, Jim Jordan

After adding four more candidates to the list, Stonewall Democrats of Dallas will vote Tuesday, Feb. 19 on whether to finalize its endorsements for the March 4 primary.

The proposed endorsements by North Texas’ largest LGBT political group include Hillary Clinton for president, Lupe Valdez for sheriff and Jaime Cortes for Precinct 5 constable.

On Monday, Feb. 11, a Stonewall committee held a second screening for candidates and voted to endorse Eddie Bernice Johnson for U.S. House District 30, Jim Jordan for chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Susan Strawn for Texas Criminal Court of Appeals Place 3, and Darlene Ewing for Dallas County Democratic Party chair.

That brings the group’s total number of proposed endorsements to 24.

Stonewall President Jesse Garcia said the group’s full membership must vote to ratify the endorsements before they become final. The membership can vote against ratifying an endorsement proposed by the screening committee, but cannot vote to endorse another candidate instead, Garcia has said.

Rep. Johnson, who’s represented the Oak Lawn area since 1992, has  voted favorably on every LGBT issue that has come before Congress, according to Garcia.

Jordan, who currently serves on the 160th Civil District Court in Dallas County, has also been a friend to the LGBT community, participating in Dallas’ gay Pride parade and LifeWalk.

Strawn, a Houston attorney, has already picked up other key LGBT endorsements across the state, Garcia said. Ewing, who became chair in 2005, is credited with help turning around the county Democratic Party, quadrupling monthly memberships and pulling it out of debt.

Stonewall’s other proposed endorsements are Rick Noriega for U.S. Senate, Tom Daley for U.S. House District 3, Art Hall for Texas railroad commissioner, Sam Houston for Texas Supreme Court Place 7, Linda Reyna Yanez for Texas Supreme Court Place 8, David Hanschen for 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Place 6, Rain Minns for Texas Senate District 16, Terri Hodge for Texas House District 100, Roberto Alonzo for Texas House District 104, Emil Reichstadt for Texas House District 108, Eric V. Moye for 14th Civil District Court, Ken Molberg for 95th Civil District Court, Lorraine Raggio for 162nd Civil District Court, Don Adams for Criminal District Court No. 2, Heath Harris for Criminal District Court No. 3, John Cruezot for Criminal District Court No. 4 and Diana Lackey for Dallas County tax assessor/collector.

Stonewall’s regular monthly meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at Ojeda’s Restaurant, 4617 Maple Ave. in Dallas. For more information, go to

Early voting for the primaries begins Feb. 19. and ends Feb. 29. For information about early voting sites, go to

Also this week:

• Openly gay Dallas County District Clerk Gary Fitzsimmons, a Stonewall member, joined County Treasurer Joe Wells and County Clerk Joe Warren in endorsing Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination.
"Barack Obama has done what no other presidential candidate has been able to do since John F. Kennedy," Fitzsimmons said. "He has electrrified a new generation of  Americans with his message of hope and progress."
• Valdez, the only openly lesbian Latina sheriff in the country, announced she’d been endorsed by the Dallas County Young Democrats and the Progressive Voters League: A New Era.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 15, 2008

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