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Antigay Activist Denied Place on Democratic Ballot

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The man responsible for an antigay flier sent to Houston voters during the 2009 runoff election cycle has been denied a place on the March Democratic primary ballot for Harris County Commissioner.

Dave Wilson, a sign company owner, sought to run as the Democratic candidate against Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Eversole, a Republican who currently occupies the seat.

Harris County Democratic Party Chairman Gerry Birnberg denied Wilson’s certification in January, ruling that Wilson violated state election code by reporting a business address instead of a residential address, a charge Wilson denies. Wilson’s formal appeal to be placed on the ballot was also denied by the appeals panel.

In early December, Wilson circulated approximately 35,000 flyers urging Houston voters to vote against Annise Parker, an openly gay candidate who was later elected mayor of Houston on December 12. The flier features a photo of Parker standing beside her longtime partner, Kathy Hubbard, as Parker was sworn in as Houston’s city controller in 2004. The caption of the photo asked: “Is this the image Houston wants to portray?”

As this issue of OutSmart went to press, Wilson said he intends to file an appeal with a state district court. – Nancy Ford

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