LGBT candidates vie for voter's support
QSanAntonio, December 14, 2013
Now that the filing deadline has passed for the March 2014 primaries,
five LGBT candidates, four Democrats and one Libertarian, have thrown
their hats into the ring in hopes of garnering the needed votes to go
on to the November election.
The emergence of so many local LGBT candidates is part of a national trend
that was described in a 2009 article in the New York Times. The report
stated that according to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, there were
at least 445 openly gay and lesbian people holding elected office in the
United States in 2009, up from 257 in 2001.
That trend has continued with more and more LGBT candidates entering races
across the U.S. According to the Victory Fund, "One key to victory
for gay politicians has been building reputations in their communities
as candidates well qualified for the job. Voters who may be uncomfortable
with homosexuality in the abstract are often willing to vote for a gay
individual they feel they know."
Following are LGBT candidates running in local races.
Annette Anderson (Libertarian) - Bexar County Commissioner
Annette Anderson lists no occupation or past work experience on her web
site. She is a self-proclaimed bisexual.
On her web site, Anderson writes, "I don't believe one particular
party should run everything. It is the issues and the people we need to
support on an EQUAL basis. I bring a fresh new look. I am not owned by
anyone or any group. I represent all people of Bexar County not only Pct
2. Any appointments or decisions would likely be county wide not only
the Pct I am running in."
Anderson says she was a "military brat" who graduated from James
Madison High School in SanAntonio in 1989. She has two children and has
been married three times.
"In my past I attended Bexar County Christian Coalition regularly.
At that time I identified as Republican. I was Precinct Chairman for several
terms and went to state convention as a Republican delegate."
She goes on to say, "People should not be judged by their sex, gender,
expression, background or anything besides their experience and character/attitude.
Personal Liberties, Limited Government and Freedom of Speech/Expression
are my main issues based on the Libertarian platform and my personal values.
Government should NOT be in everyone's personal business between consenting
adults. While LGBTQ issues are not my only concern, I see it as an issue
to address in today's time and not be ignored."
Allen Castro (Democrat) - Bexar County Clerk
Allen Castro, Ph.D., is a native of San Antonio. He received his Bachelor’s
Degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s University.
He continued his studies as a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University
of Texas at Austin where he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs
from the LBJ School and a Ph.D. in Community Psychology.
For the last ten years, Castro has worked in various capacities in Bexar
County government with an emphasis on creating innovative, evidence-based
programs that he says save taxpayers money and improve the quality of
life for the community.
In primary Castro faces off against Chris Forbrich, Suzanne de Leon and
Chris Forbrich (Democrat) - Bexar County Clerk
Chris Forbrich was born, raised, and educated in Bexar County. He graduated
from the University of Texas at San Antonio's College of Business with
a B.B.A. in Information Systems.
In 2007, he founded Forbrich and Associates, a local, full service IT
company serving South and Central Texas.
Frobrich has served in various leadership positions in Bexar County. He
was a delegate to the 2010 and 2012 Democratic Senatorial and State conventions.
He has served on the SD26 Credentials and Rules Committees. He was also
the President of the Bexar County Young Democrats, Secretary for the Bexar
County Democratic Party, a member of the Party's Budget and Finance Committee,
and a member of the Bexar County Democratic Party's Executive Committee.
Forbrich ran unsuccessfully twice for City Council District 1 in 2009
and 2011. In 2009, he faced off against City Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros
in a race where he garnered almost 40 percent of the vote.
In the Democratic primary, Forbrich is competing against Allen Castro,
Suzanne de Leon and Cassandra Littlejohn.
Rosie Gonzalez (Democrat) - Judge, County Court
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Rosa M. (Rosie) Gonzalez is a native of Brownsville, Texas, but has lived
in San Antonio the better part of the last 28 years. She attended St.
Mary's University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
and later her law degree.
Gonzalez, who has a family law practice in San Antonio, is a graduate
of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. Additionally,
she has a long established history of coordinating campaigns and consulting
for women candidates.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked in the many areas of social work:
child abuse investigator, community emergency assistance program coordinator,
gang counselor, program director for an adolescent substance abuse program,
juvenile probation officer and other similar positions.
In 2010, Gonzalez ran unsuccessfully for Bexar County 436 District Court.
She faces no opponents in next year's Democratic primary.
Therese Huntzinger (Democrat) - District Attorney
Therese Huntzinger has 28 years experience with over 13 years as Assistant
District Attorney and 15 years as a Criminal Defense Attorney.
She graduated with honors from Sam Houston State University with a degree
in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement and Political Science. She went on
to earn a law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. She
made Dean’s list her first year and was a member of the Law Journal.
In 1985, Huntzinger began her career as an Assistant District Attorney
fighting for victims of crime. Working with five different District Attorneys,
she earned the position as a Chief Assistant District Attorney overseeing
several sections of the office and prosecuting many high profile cases.
For the last 15 years, Huntzinger has served as a Special Prosecutor for
courts in several counties while protecting the rights of her clients
as an attorney in private practice.
Huntzinger faces Nicholas LaHood in the Democratic primary.