PRESS RELEASE: Houston mayoral candidate Annise Parker won the first televised debate of the campaign season on KTRK-TV last night.
Parker was smiling and confident throughout the debate as she answered tough questions with her broad knowledge and experience with city government. The Houston Chronicle pointed out that her opponents did not address the camera but that Parker “engaged with the medium.”
Throughout the course of the hour-long debate, Parker laid out her vision for Houston, including Hire Houston First, which will ensure that Houston families benefit from jobs created by city projects. Parker’s plans for job creation also include detailed proposals for ensuring Houston’s place as the headquarters for the new energy economy.
Parker got to specifics on issues such as public safety, where she outlined three major ways to put more officers on the street and make Houstonians feel safer: coordination with other law enforcement agencies, improved technology and alternative certification for new officers.
In addition, Parker demonstrated that she is the only candidate who can lead the city out of the current tough economic times by pointing out how she has saved the city money in the past by refinancing debt, creating a paperless payroll system that has already saved $1 million and conducting tough audits of city departments that have identified millions more that can be spent on priorities such as parks, libraries and public safety.
And when the question was asked, “Have you ever told a lie to get a vote,” Parker faced Houstonians through the TV camera and said “No, I have built my career on always telling you the truth, even if it makes you not vote for me.”
It’s that kind of honesty, plus her knowledge, experience and specific vision for Houston’s future that has led groups such as Houston Federation of Teachers, Fraternal Order of Police and Annie’s List to endorse Annise Parker for Mayor.
You can find out more about Parker’s plans to make Houston the city it should be, could be and will be when she is mayor at www.anniseparker.com.