ALGPC ENDORSES JIMMY SNELL
"Jimmy Snell has been the kind of friend we need
to keep in public office," says Co-Chair Scotty Scott,
as the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus announced
endorsement of Jimmy Snell in his run-off election for
Travis County Commissioner of Precinct 1 on June 7.
In the May 3 Primary, Snell and his opponent, Irene
Snyder, ran neck and neck, with each garnering 44% of
the vote. A third candidate, Hylon Adams, forced the
run-off by receiving 12% of the vote.
The endorsement was issued after ALGPC officers
interviewed both candidates. It was based on Shell's
proven record of support of gay rights. Snell is currently serving his third term on the Austin City Council. Shortly after his first election in 1975, Snell
supported the enactment of Austin's Equal Employment
Opportunities Ordinance, a progressive measure which
extended civil rights to lesbians and gay men. In
early 1976, Snell worked for the Public Accomodations
Ordinance which also prohibits discrimination based
on sexual orientation. In mid-1977, the Council considered a powerful, comprehensive Fair Housing
Ordinance. In the wake of Anita Bryant and Dade County, the sexual orientation provision of the ordinance
became the central issue of debate. Subsequently,
the McClellan majority deleted the protection of gays
and enacted a weakened, impotent version of the ordinance. Throughout the several-months-long battle,
Snell consistently worked for the inclusion of gays.
He, along with Councilmembers Goodman and Trevino,
voted against the McClellan housing ordinance, declaring it a civil rights farce.
Recently, Snell (again with Goodman and Trevino)
fought a behind-the-scenes battle to reappoint former'
ALGPC Co-Chair Janna Zumbrun to a third term on the
Human Relations Commission. The McClellan majority
was well on its way to retiring Zumbrun from the Commission when Councilmember Ron Mullen defected to the
liberal camp, ensuring a majority vote in favor of the
Finally, as much as is possible within the constraints of-a Council-Manager form of government,
Snell has advocated on behalf of gay city employees
who have been harrassed or discriminated against on
The Snell endorsement follows on the heels of the
ALGPC endorsement of and successful campaign work for
Guy Herman, who was elected Justice of the Peace.
ALGPC Co-Chair Scotty Scott commented, "We proved to
ourselves and to local politicians that we are an
asset to a candidate, that we can turn out the lesbian
and gay voters for a friend. Jimmy Snell has been the
kind of friend we need to keep in public office. We
can count on Jimmy as a County Commissioner to work
for equal opportunity in County personnel policies, to
look out for our interests in County funding of social
services, and to help ensure that gays are treated
fairly by the County criminal justice system."
ALGPC is organizing volunteers to assist in
Jimmy Snell's campaign. Workers are needed each evening to staff phone banks and identify Snell supporters.
Volunteers are also needed to help with raailouts,
putting up yard signs, placing doorhangers on Precinct
1 houses, and handing out campaign literature at the
The Snell phone bank is located in Suite 802 of
the Vaughn Building, 807 Brazos. The Snell campaign
headquarters is at 3124 Manor Road (1 block east of
Airport Blvd.), phone number 472-4898.
ALGPC-BACKED GUY HERMAN WINS JP5 RACE
Guy Herman handily won his May 3 Primary race
for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5. Herman tallied
4,685 votes to opponent David Brooks's 3,030. Herman
had been endorsed by the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political
Caucus after the Steering Committee conducted extensive candidate interviews.
Herman acknowledged the ALGPC endorsement in a
display ad in the DAILY TEXAN. He also became the
first political candidate to campaign in gay bars in
Austin. ALGPC members accompanied Herman to the Private Cellar, the Austin Country, and Tex's Colorado
Street bars. ALGPC leafleted bars, mailed out endorsement information, and staffed a phone bank to identified gays in Precinct 5 on election day. ALGPC also
formed a Political Action Committee, which contributed
$125 to Herman's campaign.
Caucus officers estimate we reached some 4,000
gays and probably produced hundreds of votes for
Herman. ALGPC Political Action Chair Scotty Scott
remarked, "We feel we made a real difference in this
campaign. We were so enthusiastic about Guy in general,
as well as his strong support for our issues, that we
organized the lesbian and gay communities behind a
campaign as has never been done before in Austin. This
effort will make it difficult in the future for candidates to claim that our endorsement and our assistance
is a political liability."
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