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Stonewall endorses moderate Democrat in Dist. 9 council race
QSanAntonio, April 23, 2014

At their meeting on April 21, The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio endorsed a 26-year-old candidate in the City Council District 9 race who describes himself as a "moderate Democrat" running to represent the city's most conservative district.

The District 9 contest, which goes before voters on May 10, is a special election to fill the unexpired term of former City Councilwoman Elisa Chan who resigned last year to run for the State Senate.

Stonewall's endorsee, Corey Clark, is facing a crowded field of conservatives that includes: incumbent Joe Krier, who was appointed to replace Chan last year; Ret. Air Force Col. Bert Cecconi, a retired dentist; Donald Oroian, a civil engineer; and Weston Martinez, a corporate design engineer at AT&T who led the failed effort to recall Mayor Julian Castro and City Councilman Diego Bernal after the passage of the city's nondiscrimination ordinance.

All of the candidates in the race were invited to speak at the Stonewall forum but Clark was the only one to show up and fill out a questionnaire.

In speaking to Stonewall members, Clark said he grew up in a military family who lived in Cuero, Texas and Manhattan, Kansas among other places. He came to San Antonio in 2006 to attend UTSA. Since then he has lived in District 9 and started his business, TrueCare Lawn Service, in 2008.

Clark says he was raised in a conservative household where he was a "rebellious teenager" who eventually became an Eagle Boy Scout.

In describing Clark's bid for office, the San Antonio Express-News wrote: "Clark, a former part-time intern for Councilman Rey Saldaña, is a late-comer to the race. He said in an email he would represent the district 'in an honest, non-judgmental, and transparent manner' in an attempt to create a 'better and happier community.' He said he is concerned with traffic, emergency response times and education."

Clark told QSanAntonio that he supports the city's nondiscrimination ordinance, enacted last year, which added LGBT protections to the city code. He is the only candidate in the District 9 race who approves of the measure.

Enedina "Exon" Kikuyu, Clint Kingsbery and Jonathon Cruz. (Photos: QSanAntonio) Click here for more photos from this series.

The other candidates who spoke at the Stonewall forum were Enedina "Exon" Kikuyu who is running for Alamo Community College District Trustee Disrtrict 4; Clint Kingsbery who is running for Alamo Community College District Trustee Disrtrict 8; and Jonathon Cruz, candidate for Southwest Independent School District board.

Two Stonewall members spoke on behalf of candidates who could not attend. David H. Plylar spoke for Lorena "Lorraine" Pulido, who is running for Alamo Community College District Trustee, District No. 4. Dan Graney spoke for Felix Grieder, who is a candidate for Alamo Community College District Trustee District 9.

After the candidates spoke, Stonewall members voted on their endorsements, which were posted online immediately after the meeting. They are:

City Council Place No. 9 (unexpired term) - Corey Clark
Alamo Community College District Trustee, District No. 4 - Lorena "Lorraine" Pulido
Alamo Community College District Trustee, District No. 8 - Clint Kingsbery
Alamo Community College District Trustee, District No. 9 - Felix Grieder
Northeast Independent School District Trustee, Place No. 2 - Edd White
Southwest Independent School District General Election - Johnathon Cruz

"Voter turnout in these elections is generally very low," says Graney, who organized the forum. "So, please vote and get your friends in these jurisdictions to vote as well. Your vote and those of your friends and neighbors can make the difference in these races."|

Early Voting begins Monday, April 28 and ends Tuesday, May 6. Election Day is Saturday, May 10. For early voting times and locations, visit elections.bexar.org

Candidates for City Council District 9: Joe Krier, Bert Cecconi, Donald Oroian, Corey Clark and Weston Martinez.

Stonewall Dems to host candidate forum
QSanAntonio, April 9, 2014
The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio will be hosting a Candidate Endorsement Forum at their regular membership meeting on Monday, April 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of Luby's Cafeteria, 911 N. Main Avenue.

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.

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.