Mayor Parker Endorsed By Some of Houston’s Prominent Leaders
August 18, 2011

Barbara Bush Endorses Annise Parker

Former First Lady is joined by prominent

Houston business and community leaders

A group of prominent Houstonians led by Former First Lady Barbara Bush today announced their endorsement of Mayor Annise Parker for re-election.

“Annise Parker is a strong non-partisan leader,” said Mrs. Bush. “Annise is willing to make the tough choices necessary to lead Houston through these challenging economic times. She is laying the foundation for a strong financial future for Houston. And Annise has been particularly supportive of family literacy, which is close to my heart. Annise Parker has my vote on November 8.”

“I am very grateful for Mrs. Bush’s endorsement,” Mayor Parker said. “We are blessed to have Former First Lady Barbara Bush and Former President George Bush call Houston home.”

Mrs. Bush is one of many community and business leaders announcing their endorsement of Mayor Parker today. Among other supporters are: Bob Borochoff; Penny and John Butler; Franci and Jim Crane; Mindy Hildebrand; Bert Keller; Larry Kellner; Nancy and Rich Kinder; Sara and Bill Morgan; Bobbie and John Nau; Katie and Patrick Oxford; Phoebe and Bobby Tudor; Donna and Tony Vallone; Diane Webb; Ronald Woliver; and Fred Zeidman.

Thanks, But No Thanks, On That Endorsement.
November 29, 2009

City Council At-Large Position 1 candidate Stephen Costello is repudiating an endorsement from a controversial figure, who some view as a conservative  political kingmaker.

Late Sunday, Costello issued a statement through his media spokesperson stating, “Today, some people received a mail piece from Steven Hotze with his endorsements in  the upcoming city runoff elections.  I did not seek this endorsement and I specifically asked not to be endorsed by Mr. Hotze.  I am running to represent all Houstonians and my door at City Hall will be open to everyone.”

The mail piece sent by Dr.  Hotze,   the  leader of  Conservative Republicans of  Texas/ Harris County, is landing in mailboxes in time for the start of  early voting, which begins Monday, November 30th. 

It encourages voters to support Costello over  opponent,  realtor Karen Derr, who is described in the flyer as a “radical liberal, who was endorsed by the gay lesbian political action committee and supporters higher taxes on businesses.”  

Meanwhile,  Costello is praised as a candidate who “supports responsible economic policies that promote development and job creation.”

Hotze also endorsed Gene Locke for Mayor,  Brenda Stardig in District A, Al Hoang in District F, Andrew Burks in the at-large position 2 race, Jack Christie in at-large position 5 and M.J. Khan for city controller.

Unless you follow politics and are familiar with some of  the  behind the scenes players, you are probably asking yourself,  “what’s wrong with getting an  endorsement from Hotze?”

Democrats  argue that  Hotze has a long history of  engaging in race-baiting and  homophobic politics in city of  Houston/Harris County elections.

You can log on to his website and get more information.

While city of  Houston elections are officially non-partisan, all of the candidates have been trying to woo republican and conservative voters.

According to some political observers, conservatives are the only voting bloc that is still undecided in the race for mayor and other seats on the ballot.


Roy Morales Files For Mayor
September 2, 2009

Harris County Board of  Education Trustee Roy Morales has filed to run for  Mayor of  Houston.

Morales filed  just before noon Wednesday, and submitted the required paperwork and $1,250 fee to get his  name on the ballot.

According to his website:, the retired United States Air Force Lt. is running to promote economic prosperity for the city of  Houston,  strengthen public safety and emergency services, provide better city services, and to bring a new vision to our families. 

Officially, Houston elections are nonpartisan, but Morales is the only candidate who is considered  the conservative republican in the mayoral race.

Planned Parenthood Endorses Candidates In City Elections
August 26, 2009

The board of directors of  Planned Parenthood Houston  has announced its endorsements for the 2009 municipal elections.

The big news is that the organization did not endorse a candidate in the race for Mayor of Houston, although Peter Brown, Gene Locke and Annise Parker each scored 100% on the organizations questionnaire.

PPSETAF is endorsing candidates in several other competitive races:

Ron Green For Controller.

Sue Lovell for City Council At-Large Position 2

Melissa Noriega for City Council At-Large Position  3

Jolanda Jones for City Council At-Large Position 5

Jarvis Johnson – District B

Wanda Adams – District D

Mike Laster – District F

Ed Gonzalez – District H

James Rodriguez – District I

No other endorsements are being made at this time, but the group is encouraging voters to support candidates who support women’s health education, information and services.