It was no surprise that Bexar County Democratic Party Chair Dan Ramos’ recent bigoted statements became something of a litmus test at Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio’s candidate forum on Sunday, leading to the group that respresents the interests of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the city endorsing one incumbent, several newcomers, and two former councilmembers seeking another shot over the weekend.
District 6 incumbent Ray Lopez offered the most colorful critique of Ramos when he suggested the Bexar County Democratic Chair “is the ass of the Democratic Party.”Most of the candidates were enthusiastic in their willingness to sign on to a Stonewall letter urging Ramos’ resignation and supporting efforts to drive him from office. “I will sign the letter. I will do whatever it takes. He’s a friend of mine, we go way back in labor, but what he said was unacceptable,” said former councilmember and District 5 candidate Lourdes Galvan. “Civil rights, equal rights, advocacy, these are the things that I am,” said District 1 candidate Diego Bernal. “Every measure should be taken to make sure that he steps down.” “Basically, he should of just kept his mouth shut,” said District 6 would-be councilmember Steve Shamblen with his sizable wizard’s staff in hand, comparing discrimination he'd experienced as an advocate for legalizing marijuana to that experienced by members of the LGBT community.
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