A record number of openly gay men have declared their candidacy for seats on Houston’s City Council.
City of Houston Public Works employee and small business owner Noel Freeman is running for Houston City Council at Large, Position 4. An Air Force veteran who has also worked in the office of U.S Congressman John Culberson (R-Tx.), the National Archives, and the National Security Agency, Freeman seeks to fill the council seat currently held by term-limited Ronald C. Green.
A former teacher, Maverick Welsh, has announced his candidacy for Houston City Council District H, formerly held by now-Harris County Sheriff, Adrian Garcia. Welsh also served as campaign manager and chief-of-staff for current Houston City Council member and candidate for Houston mayor, Peter Brown.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A previously published news article on this site and in our print version incorrectly identified Jeff Downing as an openly gay candidate running for city council. Downing is in fact, engaged to his fiancee and not gay. OutSmart regrets this error. – by Nancy Ford