Stonewall Democrats of Dallas this week issued the list of candidates it is endorsing in the March 3 primary. Because so many candidates in contested primaries sought the group’s endorsement, chapter President Lee Daugherty said endorsements for candidates in uncontested primaries would wait, possibly until after the primary. That includes candidates like Hon. Steven Kirkland, a gay Houston judge who is seeking a spot on the state Supreme Court, and Hon. Tonya Parker, a Dallas County judge who is lesbian and seeking re-election.
“Across the last week, almost 30 hours of interviews and deliberations were put forth by members with the largest field of Democratic candidates Dallas County has ever seen,” Daugherty said. “The Endorsement Committee, headed by Tracy Clinton, did amazing work in keeping it organized and on schedule.”
Those candidates who win their primary carry the Stonewall endorsement through the November election. Endorsed candidates who make it into a runoff carry the endorsement through the runoff. If there’s a runoff, but the endorsed candidate doesn’t make it into the top two, Stonewall may decide to endorse a difference candidate for the runoff.
Stonewall’s Dallas chapter is the largest Democratic club in Texas. Because of its prominence, past officers have gone on to serve in positions in the state party. One past president, Omar Narvaez, is currently a Dallas city council member, and another, Jesse Garcia, was appointed to a position in the Obama administration in Washington, D.C.
To receive an endorsement, candidates must attend a screening. In the case of some national or statewide races, a campaign official may attend for the candidate.
In addition to deciding on its endorsement slate, Stonewall members voted on officers for 2018. Daugherty returns for a second year as president. Other officers are Vice President Brandon Vance; Secretary Dale Robinson, and Treasurer Cassandra Gandara.
Endorsements for the March 3 Democratic primary:
State Comptroller: Joi Chevalier
Constable, Pct 1: Tracey Gully
Constable, Pct 4: Sha Steger Knight
Constable, Pct 5: Beth Villarreal
Criminal Court-At-Law, Court 3:
Criminal Court-At-Law, Court 10:
Criminal District Judge, No. 1:
Tina Yoo Clinton
Criminal District Judge, No. 6: Alison Grinter
Criminal District Judge, No. 7: Mark Watson
Dallas County Party Chair: Carol Donovan
District Attorney: John Creuzot
District Judge, 68th District: Martin Hoffman
District Judge, 160th District: Jim Jordan
District Judge, 193rd District: Carl Ginsberg
District Judge, 203rd District:
Raquel “Rocky” Jones
District Judge, 204th District:
District Judge, 255th District:
District Judge, 265th District:
District Judge, 283rd District: Lela Mays
(Warning issued against Mays’ opponent, Vonciel Hill)
District Judge, 302nd District:
District Judge, 304th District:
Governor: Lupe Valdez
Judge, County Court-At-Law No. 2:
Judge, County Court-At-Law No. 4:
Judge, County Criminal Court Of Appeals No. 1: Kristin Wade
Judge, County Criminal Court Of Appeals No. 2: No Endorsement
Justice Of The Peace, Pct 2, Place 1: Margaret O’Brien
Justice Of The Peace, Pct 4, Place 2:
Justice Of The Peace, Pct 5, Place 2:
Lt. Governor: Mike Collier
State Board Of Education, District 11:
Dr. Carla Morton
Sheriff: Roy Williams Jr.
State Senator, District 8: Mark Phariss
State Senator, District 16: Nathan Johnson
State Rep, District 100: Eric Johnson
State Rep, District 104: Jessica Gonzalez
State Rep, District 105: Terry Meza
State Rep, District 108: Joanna Cattanach
State Rep, District 109: Carl Sherman, Sr.
State Rep, District 113: Rhetta Bowers
State Rep, District 115: Julie Johnson
U.S. Rep, District 26: Co-Endorsement, Linsey Fagan and Will Fisher
U.S. Rep, District 24: Jan Mcdowell
U.S. Rep, District 30: Eddie Bernice Johnson
U.S. Rep, District 32: Colin Allred
U.S. Rep, District 33: Marc Veasey
U.S. Senator: Beto O’Rourke