Parker was re-elected with five challengers, but the closest, Jack O’Connor had 15-percent of the votes cast. Deputy Fire Chief Fernando Herrera had 14-percent. She said victory was the best part of the campaign grind:
“It’s always worth it when its over and you win. I hit, I believe, eight polling places. I was shaking hands. I was calling people. I was doing what I needed to do to help turn people out.”
And despite 2 council incumbents, Brenda Stardig and Jolanda Jones facing a run-off next month, Parker says there’s plenty to do between now and Inauguration Day.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done by the outgoing council. They’re all aware of that. We’ve plotted out the remaining council meetings and we know what’s gonna be coming forward. And I expect council to be extremely productive.”
She says she planted a lot of seeds her first term and hopes to harvest the crop her second term.
“The voters care about only one thing right now and that’s jobs and economic development. There are a lot of things that we have done to bolster jobs in the city of Houston. There are a lot of things that we have done to attract new industry and new economic development, but there are also many hard things that we’ve done to overhaul the infrastructure of the city, and to transform the inner workings of the city. We have to continue to progress on all fronts. I’m excited about the opportunities, but we are subject to what happens in the national economy.”
Parker adds that she’s confident that Houston will take off once the economy lifts both nationally and internationally. In the Houston area, just about 12 percent of registered voters showed up at the polls. The stormy weather did its best to keep them away.