The Houston Chronicle has endorsed Annise Parker, who this week was the target of vicious attacks because of her sexuality, for Houston mayor over her opponent Gene Locke.
"In the general election the Chronicle endorsed both Parker and former city attorney and public agency lawyer Gene
Locke, her opponent in the run-off. As we noted then, they each “offer
deep roots in the city and a dazzling range of life experiences and
public service.” And our endorsement of Parker should not be taken as a
diminution of the skills and qualifications of Locke, whose back story
as a civil rights activist, steelworker and successful major law firm
attorney offers a compelling narrative. Houstonians are lucky
to face such a difficult choice. But Parker's background and experience
offer a better fit for the mayor's office at this point in time…In both her public and
personal life, Parker has maintained high ethical standards and decorum
in her years as an elected official. No scandals have occurred on her
watch. As mayor she will present the city's best face to the world, one
of tolerance, diversity and compassion for all our citizens. The
Chronicle urges voters to allow Parker to take her high standards and
solid record of accomplishment to the city's highest office."
The run-off election takes place December 12. Annise Parker's campaign site is HERE.