Skip to comments.Gay woman wins Houston mayoral race
Posted on 12/14/2009 9:19:13 AM PST by flowerplough
A lesbian candidate won Houston's mayoral election Saturday night, a vote that made the city the largest in the U.S. to ever have an openly gay mayor.
"This election has changed the world for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. Just as it is about transforming the lives of all Houstonians for the better, and that's what my administration will be about," City Controller Annise Parker told supporters after former city attorney Gene Locke conceded defeat.
Parker got 53 percent of the vote. More than 152,000 residents turned out to cast ballots in the fourth largest U.S. city.
The campaign leading up to Saturday's balloting was marked by anti-gay rhetoric.
Locke congratulated Parker and urged the city to move on. "Here's what our city needs now: It needs unity. It needs us to come together and heal like we've never healed before, and to move forward under a new administration," he said.
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This "gay woman" in Houston sounds exactly like the effeminate black man in Washington.
And "152,000 residents turned out to cast ballots in the fourth largest U.S. city"? population's over 2 million; only seven percent voted?
Wow, that kind of voter turnout is surprising. Houston, we have a problem!
Amazingly, some people still hold out hope for our country.
Only 7% voted in Houston? especially what is at stake..something does not make sense.
good thing she ran as a homosexual and not as a competent leader.
If you live in Houston, it’s about time to get your children out of the government schools.
Queer indoctrination will become a major part of the curriculum there soon, if it isn’t already.
We sure do. Why can’t repubs turn out a decent mayoral candidate? I guess the dems haven’t screwed things up enough yet.
There wasn’t a conservative in this runoff, and the extremely conservative Houston suburbs of The Woodlands, Cypress, Friendswood, and Katy cannot vote in city elections.
She very well may have been the lesser of two evils.
The choice was between a gay white female democrat and a black male democrat. Not knowing either of them or the situation in Houston—on the face of it, it did not seem like much of a choice—boned either way.
The fact her first statement was all about “changing the world”...”transforming the lives of all”...”come together and heal like we’ve never healed before”...etc. does not lead me to conclude that school reform, crime-fighting, tansportation, sewerage, trash pickup and all those ooky unglamorous issues will be high on her list of priorities.
The incorporated part of Houston is heavily ethnic, and heavily Democrat. Its the suburbs that turn Harris County into a conservative outpost. The suburbs can’t vote in the mayoral election.
Exactly. Her sexual orientation is not normally an issue, only her competence and policies. Making the election about her sexual preference is just wrong.
Take a look at both candidates and you will know why the voter turnout was so low.
I’ll bet Carpetland stock goes through the roof now.
Is Houston the San Francisco of Texas?
Could Hurricane Katrina have something to do with this?
Great to know a mayoral administration will be about welcoming the gay community, rather than getting the city out of the red, if it’s doing that poor financially.
From what I read about her opponent they probably made a good choice.It was her or an Obama clone.
They really never had much to choose from and I believe that is backed by the amount of people who chose to stay home.
However if she believes her election is an endorsement of her homosexuality she is dreaming.The world hasnt changed because of her election, in fact I doubt Houston has changed much because of it, she is having delusions of Grandeur.
Of course they cannot vote in Houston elections, just as people in Amarillo and El Paso cannot vote in Houston elections.
Oh, my. It’s Helen Degenerate!!!!!
Frankly, if a gay is for lower taxes and less government and a strong military, I really don’t care about their orientation. It’s just that most gays are extremely liberal.
“Could Hurricane Katrina have something to do with this?”
Yes, the Katrina evacuees provided more votes for Gene Locke who was Parker’s opponent.
That's like asking, "Why cant repubs turn out a good chicken to watch the fox house?" No way does a genuine Republican ever win (or want to win) a race to become mayor of a concentrated Democrat parasite nest ("city"). Those places are strictly Democrat, and they can have 'em.
No, that would be Austin.
“Its the suburbs that turn Harris County into a conservative outpost.”
Harris County is SO Conservative that it voted for Obama in 2008.
Maybe that is true, but her statements belie that position, and ANYTIME a "hyphenated" candidate - i.e . african-American, lesbian-American, etc. attains an office they ALWAYS have an alternate agenda of pushing their viewpoint or lifestyle. This usually ends up conflicting with what is best for the people.
why is it every single minority winner says now that they have been elected, there is hope. i thought the “minorities” are the ones who want society to be equal and blind to the thing that makes them a minority. yet when they win, its all about whatever has made them a minority. wierd.
Population of Houston: 2,245,108
Number of TOTAL votes: 150,000
She won with 53% of the votes ... ~80,000 votes out of a population of over 2.2 Million.
And people say their vote doesn’t count - well, if they don’t bother to vote, they are certainly correct. Hoston has no one to blame, except for themselves.
There is obviously some split in a county that sends both Sheila Jackson Lee and John Culberson to DC. The point was that the most conservative parts of the county do not participate in city elections.
“If you live in Houston, its about time to get your children out of the government schools.”
“Queer indoctrination will become a major part of the curriculum there soon, if it isnt already.”
Nice try, but the Mayor of Houston has not jurisdiction in the public schools and the people of Houston have not elected Parker to city wide office seven consecutive times.
And whose fault is that? That’s right. The suburbs, for not letting themselves be annexed and insisting on forming their own little governments.
We have the same problem in my city right now. We could very easily keep things as they are by annexing the unincorporated suburbs just west of the city that would up the population by more than 25% plus take in the areas that are rapidly growing but every time we put it to a vote these people say no.
We’ll eventually take them in by court order because we’ve begun providing city services to them and state law allows annexation without a vote if there is “significant burden” but it shouldn’t come to that. These people all work in the city proper. Their social associations are all in the city proper. When they go out of town they say they are from here and use the city. Is it too much to ask them to be annexed? They are city people, they just have moved outside the corporate limits.
It’s what has done in every city in this country, except oddly, cities in states like Texas which have very permissive annexation laws. Suburbanities should really start putting the good of their whole areas as their primary interest because, if the primary city dies, it takes all those little suburbanites with them just like you see in Detroit.
so she’s the girl in the relationship?
Too bad nothing about her (or her opponent’s) background and qualifications for office was discussed in this article ... and many others like it.
She’s gay. She’s gay. She’s gay.
Gays supported her campaign.
She’ll be the 1st Gay mayor of a major US city!
Her opponent is black, black, black
Locke would have been the 2nd black mayor of Houston
And by the way, did you know she is gay?
If you want to vote in a Houston election, you will need to be annexed into the city and pay Houston taxes.
Ok, that’s a stupid statement. San Diego has been consistently run by Republicans for I don’t know how long and Montgomery, which is majority black, elected an active Republican to replace Bobby Bright when he went to Congress.
I also seem to recall that a Republican Jew was once able to become Mayor of a city that had a large black and Muslim population, I think it was Jersey City.
You know, in my state, Alabama, it’s the people in the cities who are Republicans while all the country folks remain “good ole’ Blue Dog Democrats.” The reason there even is a Democratic Party in this state is cause of rural people. It’s us city people who keep the Republican Party alive here.
>> And whose fault is that? Thats right. The suburbs, for not letting themselves be annexed and insisting on forming their own little governments.
Why would we WANT to be annexed? Extra taxes? Worse services? Less competent government? I see no reason to attach myself to a sinking ship.
>> [...] every time we put it to a vote these people say no. Well eventually take them in by court order because weve begun providing city services to them and state law allows annexation without a vote if there is significant burden but it shouldnt come to that.
So, you’ll take by force what you cannot win by vote? Government by coercion? Destruction of local government? How very conservative of you.
>> Its what has done in every city in this country, except oddly, cities in states like Texas which have very permissive annexation laws.
AKA the freedom to choose your own government. There is a reason Texas remains among the greatest most prosperous states in this country.
>> Suburbanities should really start putting the good of their whole areas as their primary interest ...
Perhaps you should let us “suburbanites” decide for ourselves what our primary interest should be. I see no reason to worsen my own situation to better the situation for a group of people that cannot seem to find a way to competently govern themselves. Fix your own damn problem ... we’re doing fine without you.
The runoff election turnout was light (7%) because too many people could not bring themselves to vote for either stinker. That was some choice, between two Democraps — a corrupt lesbian versus a corrupt clone of Lee Brown. Regardless of who won, Houston lost. Seeing that Parker won from just over 3 1/2% of the voting population, it is likely that she won mainly because of the gay constituents. That’s apathy on the public’s part!!! From the local to the national scene, the public is electing the worst possible candidates. Where are the good ones anymore? May God spare us!
TexasRepublic, reporting from Sodom & Gomorrah on the Bayou
>”so shes the girl in the relationship?”
Well, she’s the cities First “Something-Or-Other”. I dunno, First Ladie? First Whachamacallit? First Left Handed Cootchie-Moochie? What would be her >title<?
“Seeing that Parker won from just over 3 1/2% of the voting population...”
Your math is way, way off.
I meant that she, the mayor, was the feminine one.
Who said I wanted to vote in the Houston election? It was an explanation, not a complaint.
>”I meant that she, the mayor, was the feminine one.”
Hmmmm, man, I dont know. I’ll tell ya, I’d still hit it. She just aint had none of the Scoob, ya know what I mean? I got me a cure for that disease, girlfriend. ;>}
Uh, these people have no government right now. They get no services. Except for the city water we pay for, the city police and fire protection they get because they are in the police jurisdiction, the city park we’re building for them right now.
Not to mention they all WORK IN THE CITY. What is so wrong with expecting that people who are allowed to earn their living in a city actually live in said city? Especially when they are 50-60,000 people who trend Republican at levels of 80% or more that would create two extra white council seats and which, because of the limited black population in the city, would force the black council districts to become more white and more moderate.
We’re lucky. Our first black mayor is a good guy. I would have voted for him this last time if he had been opposed. However, it can’t last forever and based on who the other blacks that could be mayor are I really want our next mayor to be white
And it’s not really taking it by force, exactly. The police jurisdiction is defined in state law. We have to provide those services to them. Same with fire protection. We did manage to annex their business district so they wouldn’t have the tax revenue to incorporate but they still resist residential annexation.
I want their votes in the city. I want the city council districts they’d add. And I’d like to point out that they get almost every service we get in the city except for free garbage pickup. We city people currently pay for their water service. We pay for the roads that get them to work. And we’re stuck with all the ghettoes that go along with being located next to areas where people can work so they can work.
They are city people. They should be annexed. And we will annex them one way or another. Our last major annexation a half century ago was also by judicial “burden of service” action because we couldn’t get a yes vote and that’s what kept us from becoming a hellhole like Birmingham because when we had white flight, it was white flight to other areas of the city. I’d like that to continue.
And annexation here is not worsening any kind of situation. We have the best city services in America.
Her only squeeze. She and Kathy Hubbard have been together since 1990; they have adopted two children.
FYI, Parker strikes me as a fiscal conservative and social libertarian, and since that’s what I’d call myself, so far I’m okay with her.
(Plus, I’ve been in Houston my entire 40 years. So you got the hometown perspective, fwiw.)
Yes, I've named it " San Francisco on the Bayou " years ago.
“Your math is way, way off.”
Okay, explain your reasoning. It is reported that the turnout was 7 percent of registered voters. She won by a small majority, meaning at least half of that 7 percent. What is half of 7 percent? 3 1/2 percent!
Yes, it does seem that having a (D) in front of your name is a prerequisite for getting elected as mayor in Houston.
And the city council folks look like refugees from a traveling carnival.
Where was that reported?
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