Parker Campaign Releases New Poll In Race For Mayor
October 26, 2009

UPDATE:   The other campaigns decided against commenting on the Parker internal poll. They believe that Parker was trying to spin her  numbers prior to the release of a poll released by another TV station, that shows her running in second place.

It’s common  for political campaigns to release their own polling data to prove their side has the momentum in the race.

As we get closer to election day,  you can bet that all of the Houston Mayoral candidates are conducting internal polls to gauge how strong their support is citywide.

Today, the Annise Parker team released a survey that claims she is leading her opponents Peter Brown, Gene Locke and Roy Morales. 

Actually,  based on that campaign’s data, “undecided” is running  in second place.  

I’ll try to get reaction from the other campaigns, but in the meantime, here is the news release from Parker’s side.

New Poll Shows Parker in the Lead for Mayor  

Houston, TX – The Annise Parker for Mayor campaign released the results of a recent poll that show Parker in the lead. Peter Brown, Gene Locke, and Roy Morales trail behind and are still in a race to see who can make the run-off with Parker:

 Annise Parker: 27%

Peter Brown: 21%

Gene Locke: 17%

Roy Morales: 11%

Undecided: 24% 

“We have always known this would be a tight race,” said Adam Harris, Parker’s campaign manager. “We feel good about these numbers but we’re pushing now harder than ever.” 

Harris added that given the low turnout projected by many observers, the poll placed a particularly tight screen on likely voters to ensure getting the most accurate data. 

“Parker is also the most known and liked candidate in this race,” said Celinda Lake and Joshua Ulibarri of Lake Research Partners, the firm conducting the poll. 

The Parker Campaign posted a memo by Lake Research Partners describing the poll on its website at www.anniseparker.com/images/uploads/Parker_PollMemo_102609.pdf.

Parker Releases Campaign’s First TV Political Ad
September 24, 2009

Houston Mayoral Candidate Annise Parker is jumping into the TV political ad war.

Her campaign’s  new ad titled “Annise Parker Delivers” focuses on the crime problem in Houston, and discusses Parker’s record and vision for the city.

The ad begins running today, and it also  touts Parker winning the endorsement of  the Houston Police Patrolmen’s Union. 

Most political analysts  say that Parker already has the highest name  identification among all of the major mayoral candidates, so going up on TV  a few weeks before the start of  early voting can only help boost her name and ideas. 

Council member/Mayoral Candidate  Peter Brown was the first to begin advertising on TV.

Brown now has two campaign commercials and he is also running radio ads.

That  means that attorney Gene Locke is the only major mayoral candidate who is not up on TV, spreading his message to viewers and voters.

I spoke with a Locke campaign aide, who would only say that the campaign plans to launch its first  TV ad “very soon.”

No word on when or if  Mayoral Candidate Roy Morales will launch a TV political campaign.

Stay tuned!

A Mayoral Forum That Wasn’t Cancelled
September 17, 2009

On Thursday night, the top four candidates for Mayor of  Houston participated in the Forum on Quality of  Life Issues, which was held at the Houston Garden Center in Hermann Park.  

Peter Brown, Gene Locke, Annise Parker and Roy Morales answered questions about water quality, visual blight , trees, landscaping, flooding and city parks.

It wasn’t a fiery debate, but more of a discussion about how the candidates would prioritize and fund these projects if  elected the city’s next mayor.

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Moderated by  Nancy Sims of  Pierpont Communications, the forum was sponsored by the Bayou Preservation Association, Houston Parks Board, Quality of  Life Coalition, Scenic Houston, and Trees For Houston.

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Perhaps, more importantly than the topics discussed, the event could be one of  the few remaining opportunities that voters will have to see all of the candidates on one stage , leading up to election day.  

As 2 On The Beat reported earlier, the candidates have decided to cut back on the number of joint appearances.

Locke, Parker and Brown, have already held more than forty joint appearances, and not all of  the events have attracted big crowds.

The candidates say they’re tired of talking to each other, and they want to spend more time campaigning directly to people in the community and raising money. 

Are the candidates short-changing voters by limiting the number of  debates and forums?

We’ll have to wait and see, but if you are really interested in learning about the candidates you can always visit their websites, instead of waiting for them to show up at a forum in your neighborhood!

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: www.roymorales.com, 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.

Mayoral Candidates Staying Busy
May 17, 2009

It’s tough being a candidate for mayor  of  Houston this time of year. 

 The  voters are not paying much attention and the media isn’t ready to commit to covering your campaign.

That hasn’t stopped the people  who want to  be your next mayor from keeping a busy schedule on the campaign trail. 

Brown Opens Headquarters: 

On Saturday, City Councilman Peter Brown held a block party to officially open his campaign headquarters.

 About 200 people showed up to hear Brown talk about  his plans for Houston’s future. 

 I couldn’t make it, but his campaign sent me these photos of  Brown posing with his supporters, which include Rev. Bill Lawson and community  activist  Mary Ramos.

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A Birthday Party filled with Politics

City Controller Annise Parker celebrated her 53rd birthday Sunday by hosting a political fundraiser  at her home near downtown. 

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Her media aide told me that the campaign has set a goal to raise $1 million dollars by June.  That’s  when all  of  the mayoral  candidates are required to file their first  campaign finance reports, and we’ll finally get a peek at  how much money the candidates are raising and who is contributing to each of the campaigns.

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The election is in November.

Most political analysts  say it will take a runoff  between the top two vote getters  to pick Houston’s next mayor.