Women’s Political Group Endorses Parker For Mayor
October 1, 2009

Emily’s  List is in the business of advocating for women political candidates.  It should be  no surprise that it has endorsed Controller Annise Parker for Mayor of Houston.

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How much will this endorsement help Parker?

The group will likely send  financial resources and volunteer manpower into the campaign, so that will be a big help for Parker and her supporters.

 Here is the official announcement:

EMILY’s List Endorses Annise Parker for Mayor of Houston

 WASHINGTON, D.C.– EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest financial resource for women candidates, today announced its endorsement of Annise Parker for Mayor of Houston. In 2003, EMILY’s List endorsed Parker through the Political Opportunity Program in her successful race for City Controller of Houston. 

 “As a businesswoman, city councilor, and city controller, Annise Parker has made a lifelong commitment to the people of Houston,” said Ellen R. Malcolm, President of EMILY’s List. “Her strong fiscal management is helping lead Houston through these tough economic times.  As mayor, Annise will continue working to keep Houston’s economy strong and creating jobs and opportunity for it’s residents.  EMILY’s List is proud to endorse Annise Parker to be the next Mayor of Houston.”

 Following a twenty year career in business, Parker was elected to the Houston City Council in 1997. After six years as an at-large member of the city council, she was elected city controller, the second-highest ranking position in Houston. Parker’s fiscal responsibility and strong guidance during the economic downturn has helped Houston avoid a major financial crisis.

 Upon winning in November 2009, Parker will be mayor of the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States.   

 

Too Many Debates For The Mayoral Candidates?
September 8, 2009

The three leading candidates for Mayor of Houston are becoming a lot more selective about which community forums and debates they attend.

The campaign managers for Peter Brown, Gene Locke and Annise Parker have sent a letter to the Northwest management District decline an invitation to participate in the group’s event.

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I spoke with one campaign spokesperson who defended the decision to limit the number of joint appearances.
That person described the number of debates as “being out of control,” leaving the candidates very little time to fundraise or attend other important campaign events.

The candidates will instead focus on debates that are guaranteed to draw a large audience, including planned several televised debates.

Locke Hosts Live Social Media Summit
August 29, 2009

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In a sign of  how much political campaigns have learned to embrace  the on-line social network of  blogs, twitter, facebook and you tube, Houston Mayoral candidate Gene Locke hosted a live-streamed Social Media Summit  on Saturday.

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While he was chatting on-line and in person with the group,  Locke also unveiled his business plan for the city of Houston, which focuses on ethics, accountability, job growth and entrepreneurship.

The interactive discussion was moderated by Matt Nathan, with Houston Technology Center, and lasted about forty-five minutes to an hour.

Locke appeared to be at ease while he sat at at a table , in front of a camera, and fielded questions from people in the room and over the Internet. 

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Each time Locke answered a question or  talked about his vision for Houston, the bloggers were able to update their followers instantly, via facebook, twitter and other methods of instant messaging.  

This is another tool that campaigns are using to effectively get their message directly to the voters, without always having to rely on the mainstream media.

During the discussion, Locke stressed that social media now gives candidates like him an opportunity to, ” talk directly to the public in ways that were not dreamed of  before.”

His campaign has hired a social media strategist, and if elected, Locke promised to utilize social media at city  hall. He also vowed that his  administration would be transparent and accessible. 

Certainly Locke isn’t the only Houston mayoral candidate to recognize the power of new media.

Mayoral candidates Annise Parker and Peter Brown have both hired social media managers. 

Their campaign information is constantly being updated on-line  to make it easier for supporters and volunteers to stay informed.

Rally To Make A Difference With Parker
August 26, 2009

Don’t forget that on Thursday, August 27,  you have an opportunity to join the Annise Parker campaign as she files paperwork to officially run for Mayor of Houston.

Parker will hold a rally on the steps of  Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby.

Refreshments will be served beginning at 11:45 a.m.  and the “I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE” rally will begin at 12:10.

For more information check out the campaign’s website: www.anniseparker.com

Parker Plans Downtown Rally
August 24, 2009

On Thursday, Houston Mayoral Candidate Annise Parker  will hold a rally downtown to coincide with her plans to officially file to run in the November municipal election.

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The event is being called the “I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE” rally, and will take place on the steps of Houston City Hall.

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Sue Davis, a spokesperson for Parker’s campaign, says  that lunch will be served to supporters starting at 11:45  am Thursday, August, 27, 2009.

Parker will speak to the crowd around noon.

Members of  HOPE (The city employees union) and other groups that have endorsed Parker will also attend the rally.

The campaign says everyone is invited!

HPOU To Endorse Locke
August 21, 2009

2 on The Beat has learned this afternoon that the Houston Police Officers Union, under President Gary Blankinship, plans to announce on  Monday that it will endorse Gene Locke for Mayor of  Houston.

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(The above is an  old photo – if you see me out on a story, then you know I aways carry a digital camera)

The HPOU  endorsement is one of the most highly coveted endorsements sought by candidates seeking office. 

The organization represents about five –  thousand  men and women in blue, from officers to those who hold the rank of captain in the department.

Locke was also recently endorsed by the Houston Professional Firefighters Association.

While significant, the HPOU  endorsement certainly doesn’t gaurantee  that Locke is going to be successful in November. 

As I  reported earlier today  Controller/Mayoral candidate Annise Parker  has also lined up a  significant number of organizations to support her campaign.

HOPE, SEIU, Harris County Democrats, and UNITE HERE Local 25 have all endorsed Parker. 

The endorsements usually come with a political campaign donation, and a promise that the members will volunteer for the candidate leading up to the election.

However, the most important endorsement comes f rom you, the voter on election day.

Annise Parker Campaign and Social Media
August 13, 2009

It’s impossible to run for political office these days without having some kind of   online social media presence,  like Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

Today, Houston Mayoral Candidate Annise Parker announced plans to beef  up her online and social media strategies.

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The changes are putting Parker’s campaign on the social media map, and could help her reach more voters leading up to the November election.

The changes include:

* Live-Streaming social media feeds using the latest technology from Facebook and Twitter, which will be featured on the  www.AnniseParker.com campaign website.

* Custom FBML Facebook Tabs, which will help users join the campaign’s email list and make a contribution all from within the Parker Facebook page.

* Joint Twitter Broadcasting: Parker’s campaign claims to have more Twitter followers than all of the Mayoral candidates combined.  Under the changes, all tweets coming directly from Annise will end with an “-A” signature to make clear who is responsible for the tweet.

*Social Media Coordinator:  Justin Concepcion will manage and expand the campaign’s social media presence on a full-time basis.

A Double Endorsement From The Sheriff’s Deputy League
July 23, 2009

I can only blame myself, and then apologize to you for not making a phone call  to clarify and verify information that I received  from one of the candidates for Mayor of  Houston.

As I reported  earlier, Houston Mayoral Candidate Annise Parker’s campaign announced today that it has won the endorsement of  the Afro-American Sheriff’s Deputy League.

A short time later, I heard from supporters of  Gene Locke,  who claimed their candidate was endorsed by the same group.

The Locke campaign emailed a copy of a letter  as proof of the endorsement from the Afro-American Sheriff’s Deputy League.

It looks like the group has issued a DOUBLE Endorsement.

2 on the Beat is trying to contact  deputy league President J.M. “Smokie” Phillips Jr. for comment.

In the meantime,  I hope that  I don’t get a phone call from supporters of   mayoral candidates Peter Brown and Roy Morales.

Annise Parker Gets Big Campaign Boost
June 23, 2009

2 on the Beat received the following news release from the Annise Parker for Mayor campaign.

It’s a big deal when you can get the endorsement of precinct chairs, the folks who work in the communities and neighborhoods to get people to the polls. 

Community Leaders Endorse Annise Parker for Mayor of Houston  

56 Houston Precinct Chairs Make Early Endorsements of Parker for Mayor

Houston, TX – Today, the Annise Parker for Mayor Campaign announced endorsements from 56 Houston precinct chairs. These local leaders have stepped forward to support Parker for her leadership and experience, long-time commitment to neighborhood and community development and ability to manage Houston’s economy during troubled economic times.
 
“It is critical that we have a mayor who understands city departments and finances as we work ourselves through the recession.  Without question, Annise has the leadership skills, analytical ability and the right vision for the City of Houston.  She is the kind of mayor we need for Houston,”  said Sherrie Matula, Precinct 721 Chair and Senate District 11 Chair for Harris County.

“These endorsements are especially significant to me as they come from communities throughout Houston,” said Parker.  “It will take all of us to keep our city moving forward in these tough times, and I am grateful to have the support of these local leaders.”

“Annise has represented all of Houston for nearly 12 years, first as council member at large and then as city controller.  She is a forward-thinking leader with a proven track record.  I appreciate her common-sense, common-ground approach to government and am confident that she is the candidate we need to move Houston forward,” stated Richard Cantú, Precinct 105 Judge (since 1996).