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I’m Rolling The Dice For Annise Parker For Mayor Of Houston

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day in Houston.

There are three credible candidates for Mayor of Houston on the ballot. No candidate is likely to win a majority on Election Day. This being the case, there will be a runoff election within the next few weeks.

Each of the three leading candidates is a Democrat. Each of the three has actively sought the support of Republican voters in Houston.

In doing this, each candidate has let down people who could use help in Houston. The Republican Party and it’s voters are so far away from the needs and aspirations of urban America that you can’t appeal to Republican core supporters without losing your way.

This said, elections are about the future. There has to be a better future. Houston labors under a long history of economic, racial, ethnic and environmental injustice. The candidates for Mayor of Houston did not make this history. We can’t simply resign ourselves to assuming that the future will be like the past.

My best bet for Mayor of Houston is City Controller Annise Parker.

Ms. Parker has worked to bring banking services to the poor in Houston. She had supported Houston janitors in efforts to gain better wages and benefits. She has a personal history of fighting for basic human rights in her efforts for the rights of gay folks in Houston.

I don’t harbor any illusion that Ms. Parker will find courage as Mayor that she has lacked as a candidate for Mayor. Houston’s history suggests she will pursue moderate progress at best while remaining silent about large-scale social wrongs.

Still–You never know. I’m going to roll the dice tomorrow and vote for Annise Parker for Mayor of Houston.

November 3, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Yep… that’s what I’ll be doing as well. Brown is a tool who is actively courting the right-wing nut vote and Morales is an idiot. Locke would be okay but I’ll go with Parker for the same reasons you mentioned.

    Comment by Denise | November 3, 2009

  2. Denise—I guess we’ll see how it turns out. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 3, 2009

  3. Read The New York Times story and came to the same conclusions re. who I’d vote for in Houston. But, I vote in Cincinnati where it’s a lot of the same old stuff. Have some concern about whether we’ll be able to maintain a racially diverse Council today. Turnout is expected to be light, white and older.

    Comment by Newton | November 3, 2009

  4. its looking good for your parker, ohio passed casinos today, not too happy about it.

    Comment by bill brady | November 4, 2009


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