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race was not a plot, but actually the
result of Ron Waters' long deliberation
over which office to choose. He knew the
Ogg challenge would be hard, but felt
he ought to do it. "Here's the bottom
line on that," she says. "There is an election rule, and Peter Armato knew it, that
if an incumbent does not file for a reelection race, the filing deadline is automatically extended for 10 days. There
could thus be no plot to keep anybody
out with a last-minute withdrawal from
the race, as they charge."
Danburg's supporters counterattack
Armato with questions about the nature
of his experience. A woman who worked
in Mickey Leland's office (and asked not
to be named) said the office hired no
replacement for Armato when he left,
without notice, on the day his election
papers were to be filed. "He was supposed to be a case worker, but he left
nothing continuing behind. He was good
at calling up people in office, and he
talked a lot on the phone, but he didn't
contribute much to our work. Mickey
is a lot more distant from him than Ron
Waters is from Debra."
Shifflet disagreed strongly: "Peter assisted me personally in the Gay Rights
national lobby in Washington, D.C. He
assisted me, when he was Leland's aide, in
preparing testimony for the U.S. Civil
Rights Division on police brutality. He
helped me research the material. He facilitated my meeting with the U.S. Attorney
General of the United States about gay-
police relations. That's what I call
tangible evidence, not words, not offices
On the non-endorsements: "Mickey
Leland is not endorsing me," says Armato, "and Ron Waters is not endorsing me,
or Debra—they have no public position
on this race, that's all. Nor is Lance
Lalor—but I have been close to all these
people, I have supported them since
1976. And they wouldn't mind me being
in there, either."
And then there is his endorsement
by the Houston Police Officers' Association. Police? ~~
"The police knew, after that campaign and after I became an aide to
Leland, that I was his gay community
contact, that I was basically liberal, but
still open to speak to them, to listen to
them. They knew me. I think to get law
enforcement moving in the right direction, you have to get them on your side.
I think I have a special talent for it,
negotiation, and I have been able, in the
campaign, as always, to appeal to
different elements here."
Armato and Danburg agree that many
things are not liberal-conservative issues,
but Armato says he could explain and
negotiate with more skill: "I explained
to the Police Officers Association that
they should be treated as professionals,
that I would have an open door to their
Says Armato: "Look, I am willing to
put in long hours and hard work to get
diverse elements together. Mickey Leland
has been my mentor in the art of compromise and I know how to do it. I am good
at building coalitions and people are
going to vote for me on the issues of my
expertise at negotiating, which will help
save the district, on my plan to build up
the neighborhood groups to stop decay
and crime, and on my gay rights plans."
Replies Danburg: "The bottom line is
that I am the only one who has done
anything on gay issues in the district.
No one else has any history on gay support. I have the experience in the capitol
—it is easy to promise people the moon,
but I have been there. I know how to
protect the district and its people, I
know what will work for 79. I was
doing the job before some of my opponents ever entered politics."
Morris Edelson is a general assignment
reporter for the New York Times.
BY MARIANITA PADDOCK
Lance Lalor won one of the new single
member district seats on city council
last fall, and nine candidates—eight
Democrats and one Republican—filed
for his old Texas House position.
The candidates seeking the District
80 Democratic nomination are Morgan
Dean Allen, Wayne H. Alexander, Patty
Bass, Paul Colbert, John Jay Douglass,
Janet Fisher, Ray Lemmon and Willard
The winner will face Dan Downey in
November, who is running unopposed
on the Republican ticket. Downey won
last February's special election to fill
Lalor's vacated House seat, an election
in which only some seven percent of the
district's voters turned out.
Here's a brief run-down on each of
Morgan Dean Allen, a native Houston-
ian, is an independent energy consultant
and a founder and organizer of the Texas
Black Caucus. He says he wants to work
for development of a regional flood control program and the establishment of a
long-term plan for safe disposal of
nuclear, chemical and solid wastes. He
feels the state's educational funds should
be re-apportioned more evenly throughout Texas school districts, without a
Retarded or handicapped children
should be integrated with-not segregated from-"normal" children in
Texas schools, he says.
Wayne H. Alexander, an independent
businessman and realtor, has lived in
Houston for 12 years.
Alexander says he is especially concerned about the "voidness in this community." This "voidness," lies in what
he calls the "Four E's—energy, education, economics and environment.
"Nuclear power," he says, "should
have a low priority as an energy resource," and alternate sources, like solar
energy, must be explored.
In education, Alexander advocates a
state program to teach students basic
job skills plus higher teacher salaries to
upgrade the quality of education.
He says he would also like to reduce
the power of the Texas State Railroad
Patty Bass, a native Houstonian, is
an attorney for Armogida & Coats.
She won the endorsement of the Harris
County Women's Political Caucus.
A ttorney Patty Bass has been endorsed by the
Harris County Women's Political Caucus.