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Local 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 Precinct 2

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 Cassandra Littlejohn.

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 at Law No. 13

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.