Sandra Dunn, 53, formally announced her candidacy for Amarillo mayor in a news conference at Furrbies, 210 W. Sixth Ave.
Dunn, a transgender woman, said friends convinced her to enter the race in part to oppose David Grisham. Grisham is a pastor and director of Repent Amarillo, a religious, fundamentalist group. He announced he was running for mayor last week, and last year called for a boycott of Houston for its election of a gay mayor.
Paul Harpole, a car salesman and former city commissioner, has also announced his candidacy for mayor.
Dunn listed her occupation on the candidate application as a full-time student. She was formerly employed by the city of Amarillo. Dunn said she was a business partner to Ray Vaughan, 63, who last year was found murdered at their business, Ft. Williams Military Surplus and Supplies Depot, 703 N. Williams St.
Dunn said during her news conference supports single-member districts with the possibility of two "at large" candidates. She opposes a smoking ban.
I lived here until last August. For those who don't know, Repent Amarillo is basically Amarillo's version of the WBC. Disgusting organization. I wish Ms. Dunn the best of luck.