Houston Mayor Annise Parker took the victory stage to cheers and chants from her supporters.
“I love this city!”
Parker easily won re-election with more than 57 percent of the vote.
She told the crowd that elections are about the future and people vote their hopes, not their fears.
In an interview after her speech, she reflected on her last campaign for city office.
“Ecstatic that the race is over, but I’m looking forward to two more years of very hard work. I don’t believe in being a lame duck, I’m going to run through the tape and there’s still a lot of great things to accomplish.”
Parker says Rebuild Houston will remain a priority for her final term.
“We’re going to rebuild Houston from the underground up and it’s going to take time. We’re not going to go put asphalt on everything, we’re not going to do cheap patches. We’re going to do it right.”
Some of Parker’s supporters chanted, “Governor! Governor!” during her speech, fueling the speculation that she might have an eye toward higher office in the future.
Parker has long shrugged off such suggestions and says there is already a candidate for governor who has her full support, referring to State Senator Wendy Davis.
Parker told supporters her election is over, but the next two years have just begun.