Therese Huntzinger, Allen Castro, Chris Forbrich
Three Democratic LGBT candidates
fail to win needed primary votes
QSanAntonio, Updated: March 6, 2014
Three of the four San Antonio LGBT candidates who were running for office
in the March 4 Democratic primary failed to garner enough votes to compete
in the May runoff or the November general election.
The face-off for district attorney, in which openly lesbian attorney Therese
Huntzinger lost to Nicholas (Nico) LaHood by a margin of only 50 votes,
came as a shock for LGBT voters because early voting totals showed Huntzinger
ahead by 500 votes. That lead eroded during the course of the evening
and Huntzinger eventually lost the race with 49 percent of the vote.
Despite the vote count on election day, Huntzinger may still win the race.
On March 5, the San Antonio Express-News reported that there are 23 outstanding
military ballots for the Democratic party that have not been counted yet
and there are still 275 bags of provisional ballots to be verified. The
final vote count may not come until Tuesday, March 11.
In the race for county clerk, two gay candidates, Chris Forbrich and Allen
Castro were edged out by Suzanne de Leon (35 percent) and Cassandra Littlejohn
(26 percent) who will compete in the runoffs in May.
Castro came in third with 22 percent of the votes while Forbrich came
in last in the four-way race with 15 percent of the votes. Many in the
community thought Forbrich would win especially since he had been endorsed
by the San Antonio Express-News.
Democrat Rosie Gonzalez, a lesbian attorney who ran unopposed for Judge
County Court at Law No. 13, will be the only Democratic LGBT candidate
vying for office in the November election. She will compete against either
Crystal Chandler or Joe Hoelscher depending on which of the two wins the
Republican runoff in May.
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.
One openly bisexual candidate, Annette Anderson, will be competing in
November for Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 2 as a Libertarian.
Anderson lists no occupation or past work experience on her web site.
She 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.
will Huntzinger and the Democratic divide
By Jade Esteban Estrada, San Antonio Current, March 12, 2014
Many would agree that the most dramatic local contest from last week’s
mostly lukewarm primary elections was the climactic clash between defense
attorneys Nico LaHood and Therese Huntzinger in the Democratic primary
for Bexar County District Attorney.
nominee for DA still up in the air
Express-News, March 6, 2014
With a 50-vote lead, Nicholas “Nico” LaHood went to bed Tuesday
night believing he'd won a tight primary race to become the Democratic
nominee for district attorney. But the fight isn't over. LaHood's slim
lead over Therese Huntzinger may not be enough once military and provisional
ballots are counted.
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.