In the upcoming Houston City Council At-Large, Position 3 race, voters looking for a progressive candidate who has a strong voice for our LGBT community need to look no further than my friend, John C.B. LaRue. I’ve known John for several years, having met him while we were both studying at South Texas College of Law. Since graduation, John lived in Washington, DC for two years working as a lobbyist in the field of historic preservation. Knowing how dedicated John is to his work, I asked him to join my practice, The Verde Law Firm PLLC, last year. He currently leads the family law section of the firm.
Over the course of the fight over HERO, John has proven to be the only candidate in the At-Large 3 race to testify in favor of the ordinance in front of City Council. In fact, John testified not once, but twice, in favor of HERO. I was also proud to represent John and his now-husband, Hunter Middleton, when we filed suit against Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart for his failure to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On June 26, 2015, after the Supreme Court issued their decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, John and Hunter went to the county courthouse to obtain a marriage license. Mr. Stanart denied them the license, saying he lacked the proper forms. I spent the day at the courthouse with them, filing the suit to compel Stanart to issue licenses. By the end of the day, thanks to our efforts and the efforts of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, among others, Mr. Stanart started issuing licenses. John and Hunter were the first to receive one.
John’s platform on other issues also stands out. He knows, as any of us who drive or bike in Houston, that we have to fix our streets and sidewalks which are in an inexcusable state of disrepair. Always the pragmatist, John recognizes that we cannot balance our books while we have the so-called “revenue cap” in place. The owner of a rescue animal, John supports moving Houston to becoming a “No Kill” city. Most importantly, John will go into City Council without being part of the entrenched political system that only serves as a voice for insiders and the political establishment. I firmly believe that he is the most qualified person running in this race—he has experience in the legal system, the political system, and has lived Houston for almost 10 years in total. I am proud to call John my friend and I will be even prouder to call him our next At-Large member of the Houston City Council.
Vote for John C.B. LaRue for Houston City Council At-Large Position 3 on November 3, 2015.