Annise Parker Cruises to Re-Election Over Ben Hall
Annise Parker avoided a runoff and easily beat former city attorney Ben Hall tonight in her final re-election race.
"I love this city," Parker told a cheering crowd after Hall conceded at about 9 p.m. At that point, with about a third of the precincts counted, Parker had 57 percent of the vote to Hall's 28 percent.
Parker won her third and final two-year term as mayor; term limits will bar her running in 2015. She rode into office on a wave of global publicity as the the first out gay or lesbian to run such a large American city, and many of the media stories chronicling her victory discussed how it had shattered stereotypes about Houston.
But her administration has not been without its bumps. She is widely considered to have bungled a long-running controversy over red-light cameras, and opponents balked at what they called a "flood tax" that funds drainage projects.
Hall, who was city attorney for Mayor Bob Lanier in the 1990s, spent much of the campaign defending himself against allegations he hadn't paid all of his school-district taxes. Parker's ads hammered him for allegedly not supporting education or hard-working apple-pie teachers.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.
- The Next To Last Prediction of the Houston Texans 53-Man Roster
Sat., Sep. 5, 12:00am
Sat., Sep. 5, 12:00pm
Sat., Sep. 5, 2:30pm
Sat., Sep. 5, 6:00pm
- 5 Questionable Laws That Go Into Effect This Week
- 3 Reasons I Went From Being A Gun Nut To Supporting Gun Control