Meet Gary

gary tree

Gary Stuard is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 32nd Congressional District.  A native Texan, he is a social worker by profession, a proud union member, and a outspoken champion for social justice and a healthy environment.  After last year’s Supreme Court decision supporting marriage equality, he married his partner of ten years with the love and support of their friends. He is not a career politician: he is running for office to be the voice of everyday Texans.

  • A native Texan:

Born in Houston in 1958, he graduated with honors from Pearland High School and received the John Phillips Sousa Award for best bandsman. He attended the University of Houston where he received a B.A. in Philosophy (Summa Cum Laude) in 1987 and a Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) in 1992.  Gary moved to Dallas in 1997.

  • An organizer for social justice:

Gary was active in the Free Clarence Brandley Coalition, an African American-led coalition that freed an innocent Black man from Texas’ death row. He joined the War Resisters’ League to organize against Ronald Reagan’s Central American policies.  Gary was a student of Thich Nhat Nahn, a Buddhist monk who was nominated by the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King in 1967.  Gary himself is a recipient of the Peace Award from the Houston Peace Center, and he co-founded the Coalition for a Better Houston. He was also one of the Dallas Six who challenged Dallas’ unconstitutional ordinance banning protest signs near highways and prevailed against the city in 2015, affirming residents’ right to free speech. He supports those who fight against police brutality and for equal access to quality public education. Gary has been an outspoken critic of so-called “free trade” deals like NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • A champion for a livable environment:

In the late 1980’s and early 90’s, Gary first became involved with ecological politics. In 2004, Gary co-founded the Interfaith Environmental Alliance and was its executive director till 2010. From 2009 to 2013, he was a member of the board of Downwinders at Risk, a 20 year old clean air advocacy organization in the North Texas region; he was the board’s chair from 2012 to 2013. He was an organizer of the Dallas Residents at Risk coalition that won its battle to prevent fracking in Dallas city limits.

On Nov. 8, 2016 Vote Gary Stuard for Congress!