Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 45, Ed. 1 Friday, March 12, 2004 Page: 6 of 72
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Democratic runoff features
2 from Stonewall Democrats
Retired special agent Lupe Valdez and security chief Jim Foster are
vying to be the Democratic Party's nominee for Dallas County Sheriff
By David Webb Staff Writer
Two members of Stonewall Democrats of
Dallas face a runoff on April 13 to determine the
Democratic Party's candidate for county sheriff.
Lupe Valdez, a retired special agent for the
U.S. Customs Service, and Jim Foster, a former
Oak Cliff deputy constable, are both well known
in Dallas' GLBT community. Valdez is a former
member of the Cathedral of Hope's board of
directors, and Foster heads up security for Caven
Enterprises on the Cedar Springs Road entertain-
Both candidates are members of Stonewall
Democrats, but Valdez won the group's endorse-
ment for sheriff. She also was endorsed by The
Dallas Morning News.
In Tuesday's primary election Valdez took
13,819 votes, compared to Jim Foster's 13,262.
They bested two other candidates to vie for the
Foster is openly gay, but Valdez declined to
discuss her sexual orientation, saying that she
would also refuse to discuss her religious back-
ground or ethnicity.
"The community should be very comfortable
with me," said Valdez, who has 28 years of law
experience and a master's degree in criminology
and criminal justice. "It comes back to my
thought that we need fairness and courtesy to all
Valdez said that if elected she would be a "can-
didate for all people,"
"I will continue to be involved and continue to
be active," said Valdez, who is also a member of
the Women's Business Network and Big
Brothers and Sisters. "When there is a need I will
Foster, who served as a county deputy for 15
years, ran in the primary on a pledge to end bias
in the county jail. He contended that the county
jails are plagued with discrimination against gays
Foster owns Paramount Security Co., a securi-
ty and fire alarm company, and Park Ridge
Security Co., which provides guards for various
businesses. He is a licensed peace officer.
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas president
Shannon Bailey said that it is "quite unusual" to
have two members of Dallas' gay community in
a runoff for a spot on the ballot, particularly for
the office of sheriff. Valdez received the gay
political group's endorsement because she offers
the greatest opportunity for change and a chance
to beat the Republican candidate, he said.
"Instead of selling themselves as one of the
Lupe Valdez: "The community should be very comfortable
with me. It comes back to my thought that we need fair-
ness and courtesy to all people." Valdez declined to dis-
cuss her sexual orientation, religion and ethnic back-
same and not much different from the
Republican nominee, Lupe can say she is not part
of the boot-wearing, cigar-smoking good old boy
network," Bailey said. "That will disappear [if
she is elected], and it will be a true change in the
Dallas County Sheriff's Department."
Bailey said that Valdez is smart and "extreme-
"I'll be out there supporting her wholehearted-
ly," Bailey said.
Jim Foster says he wants to end bias by the Dallas County
Sheriff's office. He contends discrimination is rampant
against gays and women in county jails. A former county
deputy, Foster claims that his law enforcement experience
makes him the best candidate for the job.
Both Valdez and Foster said that the sheriff's
office needs an overhaul. The winner of the pri-
mary will face Republican candidate Danny
Chandler, who is currently the county's director
of security and emergency management.
Chandler defeated 20-year incumbent Sheriff
Jim Bowles by a 2 to 1 margin. A grand jury
investigating alleged corruption indicted Bowles
on a felony charge the following day.
They scoff at idea that signs in
parking lots will deter criminals
By David Webb Staff Writer
The launch of a controversial anti-crime plan
last week targeting Dallas apartment complexes
drew meager support from Oak Lawn crime
"I have mixed feelings," said Connie Gouge,
the manager of two Oak Lawn apartment com-
plexes and a member of the Oak Lawn
Apartment Managers and Stakeholders Crime
Watch. "I'm just hoping they are going to target
the communities that they have more complaints
from and crime."
The new plan, introduced in a press confer-
ence attended by police and city officials,
requires apartment complexes to post "Lock,
Take, Hide" signs in parking lots and for building
managers to attend three crime watch meetings
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'ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL'
Gay Democrat Samuel Wenning, left, talks with Hector Garcia before entering the Democratic convention for Precinct
1233 Tuesday night at the Oak Lawn Library. Wenning said the precinct conventions are important because they pro-
vide local voters the opportunity to have a say in the issues that will become part of their party's presidential plat-
form. Gay Democrats presented resolutions opposing a proposed Constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a
man and a woman. Carla Halbrook of Log Cabin Republicans said several in her group chaired caucuses in their
precincts and presented similar resolutions.
and a city-sponsored training course each year.
Apartment complexes must also include crime
prevention information in leases and publish
building inspection scores for prospective tenants
and current residents.
Apartment complexes must pay $2 registra-
tion fees for each apartment and face additional
See PLAN on PAGE 12
Local women s
to address gay
Raggio called a leader in quest for
civil rights, especially for women
By Angela Geralds Staff Writer
Dallas gay Democrats will observe Women's
History Month by hosting one of the state's civil
Family law attorney Louise Raggio will be the
featured speaker at the Stonewall Democrats of
Dallas March meeting.
Raggio was instrumental in securing rights for
women by drafting the Texas Marital Property
Act of 1967, which gave women the right to own
property, secure a bank loan or start a business
without the consent of her husband.
Raggio led a two-year effort to rewrite the act.
She said the 1967 measure paved the way for
the advancement of women's rights in Texas,
acting as the foundation for policy changes that
gave women more rights in areas like adoption
See RAGGIO on PAGE 13
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