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Interview: Houston Mayor Annise Parker

On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Last Monday, Houston Matters profiled all nine of the candidates on the ballot for mayor of Houston. Just two – incumbent Mayor Parker and challenger Ben Hall – have polled above single digits, so over the next two Mondays, we […]

On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Last Monday, Houston Matters profiled all nine of the candidates on the ballot for mayor of Houston. Just two – incumbent Mayor Parker and challenger Ben Hall – have polled above single digits, so over the next two Mondays, we are giving you a chance to speak with those two directly.

Annise Parker is seeking a third and final term in office as mayor. In a column endorsing the former city councilwoman and city controller, the Houston Chronicle both praised and criticized her leadership. On the plus side: the paper cited her role in bring Houston and Harris County officials together, and lauded her work establishing public-private partnerships, and a dedicated "pay as you go" fund to address city streets and other infrastructure. But the paper was also critical of her style, saying she "acts more like a policy wonk than a well-practiced politician," that she "needs to connect" with the public better.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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