In a breakthrough night of victory, three openly LGBT candidates saw success in their elections on Tuesday.
Mary Gonzalez was re-elected to her seat in District 75 of the Texas House of Representatives, defeating her opponent with 69% of the vote. Upon election to her first term in 2012, Gonzalez became the first woman to represent her district in the state legislature. Prior to her public service, Gonzalez was an instructor at Southwestern University as well as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. She has maintained deep local ties, having served as President of her local 4-H Club and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for allgo, Texas’ statewide Queer People of Color organization.
Steve Kirkland overcame his opponent’s smear campaign to win the primary election for Judge of the 113th District Court, which serves Houston and Harris Counties in Texas. Capturing 52% of the vote, Kirkland will continue his campaign leading up to the general election in November. Kirkland brings to the table 12 years of judicial experience as well as 24 years of legal experience. He currently works in Houston’s City Attorney’s office focusing on economic development issues. In 2006 he was named by the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County as a Government Friend of the Homeless, for his work developing Houston’s Homeless Recovery Court, the first court of its kind in the state.
With an impressive 73% of the vote, Ennio Garcia- Miera was successful in his campaign for the Corrales Village Council in New Mexico against an anti-LGBT candidate. Garcia-Miera has deep ties to the area: he can trace his lineage in New Mexico back 400 years to Juan Gonzalez Bas, the founder of Corrales. He has served in senior positions at various financial institutions, and was named as one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the Nation.” He is currently the only Latino and openly gay legislator serving on the council.