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No questionnaire, no Stonewall endorsement for Wendy Davis
QSanAntonio, January 27, 2014

The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio stuck to their rules and voted not to endorse Wendy Davis for Governor because she did not fill out a questionnaire prior to the group's candidate forum on January 26.

In order to endorse Davis without a questionnaire, Stonewall members would have had to suspend their rules and it appears they were reluctant to do so. According to published reports, the Davis campaign has made it a policy not answer questionnaires from political groups or media.

On Saturday, this policy cost Davis another endorsement, this one from the Houston GLBT Political Caucus who also opted not to endorse her. The Stonewall chapter in Dallas endorsed Davis without a questionnaire but their rules are less rigid.

As a sort of consolation, Stonewall members approved a motion that the group would “refrain from endorsing a candidate for Governor in the 2014 Texas Democratic Party primary election, but extend best wishes to both candidates in this race and pledge to support the nominee of the party in the general election in November.”

The Davis campaign did not respond to emails from QSanAntonio asking for comment.

Last year, Stonewall created a minor furor in the community when it did not endorse Mayor Julian Castro, a strong advocate for LGBT rights, for not submitting a questionnaire. In that case, Stonewall organizers say that Castro had made several promises to submit the document but never did.

In other races, Stonewall endorsed Tommy Adkisson over incumbent Nelson Wolff for County Judge. Adkisson has a reputation for being LGBT-friendly especially because of his longtime support of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.

On Sunday evening, not long after the endorsement meeting had ended, Adkisson's LGBT supporters held a previously-planned Mardi Gras fundraiser complete with a drag show at a posh residence on the far Northside.

In his first-ever appearance at the Stonewall forum, County Judge Nelson Wolff, who also has supporters in the LGBT community, offered a list of goals he would implement with the purpose of achieving more equality at the county level.

That list included a one-plus benefits plan that would allow employees to add a same-sex partner or spouse to insurance plans, sensitivity training for county employees and channeling more funds into AIDS programs. Wolff also supports the enactment of a nondiscrimination ordinance for the county.

In the District Attorney race, Stonewall endorsed openly lesbian candidate Therese Huntzinger over Nicholas LaHood.

One other race many were watching was the County Clerk's race, a four-person contest which includes two gay candidates: Alan Castro and Christopher Forbrich. The result of the voting was such that no candidate achieved the required "50 percent of the votes plus 1" resulting in no endorsement in that race.

Stonewall Dems’ endorsements: Rules matter more than candidate records
By Randy Bear, Rivard Report, January 29, 2014
Most candidates will make an effort to win endorsements. They might make a difference. So it’s no surprise that a majority of candidates seeking local office usually fill out mandatory questionnaires and attend the endorsement forum with the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio, an LGBT group affiliated with the Democratic Party.

Why didn’t the San Antonio Stonewall Democrats endorse Wendy Davis?
San Antonio Current, January 27, 2014
In the process of backing their favorite political players, the Stonewall Dems failed to endorse anyone vying for (arguably) the most notable race in the state— a Texas gubernatorial candidate.

Photos: Stonewall Democrats Endorsement Forum
QSanAntonio Facebook Album, January 26, 2014
About 50 candidates competing in the Democratic Primary came to the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio Endorsement Forum on January 26.

Democrats to seek Stonewall endorsements at candidate forum
QSanAntonio, January 23, 2014
Approximately 70 statewide and local candidates who are running in the March 4 Democratic primary will be seeking the endorsement of the Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio at their candidate forum slated for Sunday, January 26.

Following is a complete list of Stonewall endorsements.

United States Senator
Maxey Marie Scherr

United States Representative, District 20
Joaquin Castro

United States Representative, District 23
No Endorsement

United States Representative, District 28
No Endorsement

United States Representative, District 35
Lloyd Doggett

No Endorsement

Lieutenant Governor
Leticia Van De Putte

Attorney General
Sam Houston

Comptroller of Public Accounts
Mike Collier

Commissioner of the General Land Office
John F. Cook

Commissioner of Agriculture
Hugh Asa Fitzsimons III

Railroad Commissioner
Steve Brown

Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court
William Moody

Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 6
No Endorsement

Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 7
Gina Benavides

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3
John Granberg

Member, State Board of Education, District 3
Marisa B. Perez

State Senator, District 25
Daniel Boone

State Representative, District 116
Trey Martinez-Fischer

State Representative, District 117
Philip Cortez

State Representative, District 118
Joe Farias

State Representative, District 119
Roland Gutierrez

State Representative, District 120
Ruth Jones McClendon

State Representative, District 123
Mike Villarreal

State Representative, District 124
Jose Menendez

State Representative, District 125
Justin Rodriguez

Chief Justice, 4th Court of Appeals
Irene Rios

District Judge, 45th Judicial District
John Bustamante

District Judge, 144th Judicial District
Paul Vasquez

District Judge, 150th Judicial District
Paul Canales

District Judge, 186th Judicial District
Mary T. Green

District Judge, 187th Judicial District
Stephanie R. Boyd

District Judge, 224th Judicial District
Michele Petty

District Judge, 225th Judicial District
No Endorsement

District Judge, 227th Judicial District
No Endorsement

District Judge, 285th Judicial District
Raymond A. Villareal

District Judge, 288th Judicial District
James A. Rickerson

District Judge, 289th Judicial District
No Endorsement

District Judge, 290th Judicial District
Jennifer Pena

District Judge, 436th Judicial District
Eddie Bravenec

Criminal District Attorney
Therese M. Huntzinger

County Judge
Tommy Adkisson

Judge, County Court at Law No. 1
Al Alonso

Judge, County Court at Law No. 2
Jeanette Burney Sullivan

Judge, County Court at Law No. 3
David J. Rodriguez

Judge, County Court at Law No. 4
Alfredo Ximenez

Judge, County Court at Law No. 5
Brenda Levenstein

Judge, County Court at Law No. 6
Rochelle Acevedo

Judge, County Court at Law No. 7
Michael De Leon

Judge, County Court at Law No. 8
Liza Rodriguez
Judge, County Court at Law No. 9
Carlos Quezada
Judge, County Court at Law No. 10
Tina Torres
Judge, County Court at Law No. 11
Carlo Key
Judge, County Court at Law No. 12
No Endorsement

Judge, County Court at Law No. 13
Rosa Maria “Rosie” Gonzalez

Judge, County Court at Law No. 14
Ernest Acevedo Jr.

Judge, County Court at Law No. 15
Michael T. LaHood

Judge, County Probate Court No. 1
Barbara “Barbie” Scharf-Zeldes

District Clerk
Elva Abundis-Esparza

County Clerk
No Endorsement

County Commissioner, Precinct 2
Paul Elizondo

County Commissioner, Precinct 4
Tommy Calvert

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1
Robert “Bobby” Tejeda

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 2
No Endorsement

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 1
No Endorsement

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Place 2
Byron Miller

County Party Chair
No Endorsement