On November 4, members of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus voted to endorse the following candidates in Houston’s December 12 runoff election: Annise Parker for City of Houston Mayor, Ronald Green for City Controller, Lane Lewis for City Council District A, Mike Laster for City Council District F, Sue Lovell for City Council At-Large Position 2, Jolanda Jones for City Council At-Large Position 5, Alma Lara for Houston Independent School District School Board Position 1, and Adrian Collins for HISD School Board Position 9.
Also endorsed by the caucus was Karen Derr, a candidate for City Council At-Large Position 1.
“We are very proud to endorse Karen Derr for City Council At Large Position 1,” said Kris Banks, caucus president. “Karen has shown extraordinary commitment to GLBT issues and will be an excellent addition to Council. We’re going to work hard to elect all our endorsed candidates, and we’re happy to add Karen to that list.”
“I am proud to be on a slate of strong candidates that the Houston GLBT Political Caucus has endorsed,” said Karen Derr, founder of Karen Derr Realty (now Boulevard Realty). “Over the past six months we have run a strong, spirited campaign that continues to build grassroots support. I fully believe that all citizens of our country should be treated equally. The endorsement of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus is extremely important to me, and as a member of the Houston City Council, I will work tirelessly to ensure that all Houstonians are treated fairly and equally,” Derr said in a statement to the press.
Derr has also received endorsements from Texas state representatives Jessica Farrar, Garnet Coleman, and Ana E. Hernandez, as well as OutSmart, the Communication Workers of America, the Seafarers International Union, the Houston Stonewall Young Democrats, Oak Forest Democrats, Spring Branch Democrats, Noah’s Ark PAC, Harris County Council of Organizations, Service Employees International Union Local 1, Houston Organization Public Employees 123, Houston Federation of Teachers, Houston Black American Democrats, Pleasantville Voters League, Houston AFL-CIO, and others.
Early voting for the December 12 runoff election began November 30 and extends through December 8. – by Nancy Ford