Openly Gay Jesse Walters Wins Miami Shores Council Seat After Slurs Deface His Campaign Signs

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Jesse Walters has joined the small but growing ranks of openly gay elected officeholders in Miami-Dade. Walters edged out incumbent Prospero G. Herrera II in yesterday's election and joins the likes of North Miami councilman Scott Galvin and Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Gongora as an openly gay officeholder in a county where Anita Bryant's politics of hate once reigned. Though, during the campaign, Walters' signs were defaced with homophobic slurs.

Four of five Miami Shores' at-large council seats were up for grabs in last night's election, and Walters came in fourth in the voting with 681 votes. The rest of the night's winners were two incumbent councilmen and a former mayor. Herrera finished fifth and won't return to the council. Walters will be the only fresh face on the dais.

Walters had several campaign signs defaced after he sent out a flyer featuring a picture of his partner of 23-years and their 15-month-old daughter. Pieces of masking tape with words written on them like "faggot" and "shit lover" were found on Walter's signs. Though, now that he's finished fourth, he will serve a two-year term on the council.

About 23 percent of registered voters in the relatively small village of Miami Shores, best known as home of Barry University, turned out. Former Mayor Jim McCoy finished first in the vote and will likely be selected by the council to return to his former position as mayor.

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Chris Harding
Chris Harding

I would like to congratulate Mr. Jesse Walters for success. Although I am not a gay male and I have never been with a male, I have had and continue to have homosexual tendencies, and such "tendencies" have been used against me. Still, I have not lived the life of a homosexual male and cannot pretend to know what you feel. With that said, I would like to apologize for the pain you endured during the campaign. In my opinion, people who engage in such activity are sociopathic! With that said, I would like to provide a snippet of my experiences:

As a chemical engineer who witnessed and reported illegal activity, I have endured horrific emotional and physical abuse.

Part of the emotional abuse was a discovery that I have "homosexual tendencies". The sociopathic perpetrators recorded me in the privacy of my home and followed me to gay bars. Although I have never been with a man, I do have homosexual tendencies. In truth, I believe I reserve the right to have a homosexual encounter if I decide to do so. In addition, I believe no other person has a right to decide against my activity. Furthermore, I believe "..On the Downlow" activity increases disease rates and allows criminals a means to corrupt people with "power". Sadly, some people have no power and, due to sociopathic criminals activity, they experience horrific emotional abuse. At times the abuse is physical as well.

All people should have the right to live comfortably and happily. Marriage reduces stress, allows daily planning activity, and increases most peoples quality of life.

Although I have "homosexual tendencies", I placed my career, which was a career where I could have been making $100-$200/hr on the line and reported illegal activity that endangered tens of thousands. While working as a chemical engineer, I earned three Vice-President's awards, had a personal visit by the CEO of Abbott Laboratories, which, sadly, is a company that has negatively affected my career and personal life and was recently subpoenaed because an Executive sent an email asking to have a Baltimore-sun reporter beaten, and I optimized my process. As a soldier, I was chosen as commander's driver, competed on the All-Army Swiss Force March team and took first place in an international competition, earned three Army Achievement medals, an Army Commendation, and multiple Gulf War medals.

Since my divorce and while I continuously battle sociopathic "friends of Abbott Laboratories", I completed three Olympic Distance Triathlons, climbed two mountains, and I regularly report my whistleblower experiences, which have included attempts on my life, placement of chemicals in my food, and continuous violation of privacy.

Personally, I believe I have the attributes that any public leader would appreciate and some would call me "gay" and wish I leave. Interestingly, many of those "pillars" engage in "..On the Downlow" and end up becoming apart of the corrupt network that, in truth, allows sexual trafficking, meth trafficking, and murder. By the way, I believe many of my perpetrators are associated with the latter as well. Yes, corporate employees and corporate children do use drugs and know of drug dealers. Drug traffickers know of sexual traffickers and sexual traffickers probably have a few corporate connections.

What am I trying to say? We have greater problems than homosexual marriage.

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"...And Then There was the Down Low": Introduction to Black and Latino Bisexualities"

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Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Seems like nothing has changed in Miami. Too much hate and too many bigots to have a "progressive" approach in politics. smh

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