Decision 2009: Runoff for Mayor's Race

PoliticsHoustonRegional AuthorityElectionsPeter Brown

City Controller Annise Parker and former City Attorney Gene Locke will face off in a runoff next month to become Houston's next mayor.

Parker collected nearly 31 percent of the vote Tuesday. Locke had 25 percent, edging out two-term city councilman Peter Brown, who had nearly 23 percent. Harris County Board of Education Trustee Roy Morales had 21 percent of the vote.

Both candidates believe they have the experience necessary to help Houston through the recession.

"I have a broad experience in public sector and in private sector taking on big projects in this city and getting things done and I think it's that kind of broad experience that's necessary to help Houston during these difficult time and to move this city forward," said Locke.

"In this economy we really have to have a mayor who can lead this city from the first day and provide the same level of services with fewer dollars because we're going to have to cut spending," said Parker.

A runoff has been tentatively set for December 12.


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