- Rep. Sylvester Turner for Mayor of Houston
- Doug Peterson for Houston City Council At Large, Position 3
- Amanda Edwards, JD, for Houston City Council At Large, Position 4
- Ann McCoy, PhD, for Houston ISD Board of Trustees, District IV
- A Yes vote on Proposition 1 to restore the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO)
PDiddie at Brains and Eggs posted the entire press release and added some commentary. As county co-chair, I need to limit my own commentary on the endorsements, the process, and PD's interpretation thereof. I can certainly understand choosing Chris Bell over Sylvester Turner when it comes to progressive credentials, as well as former Council member Jolanda Jones for HISD Board. The simple explanation here is that Turner and McCoy sought HCGP's endorsement, and we found them both worthy; the others did not ask for it.
I learned the hard way about asking for endorsements. Not every advocacy organization endorses candidates without their requesting it. It saves everyone the embarrassment that occurs when somebody gets an unwanted endorsement. When I ran in 2012 and 2014, I did not seek any endorsements, even from organizations that might have given me theirs (e.g., the Houston GLBT Political Caucus). I blame that on working full-time and not having a campaign staff to advise me and send the appropriate email.