2009 Houston mayoral election

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Houston mayoral election, 2009

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  Annise Parker (1).JPG Gene Locke, Mayoral Candidate (4120941264) (a).jpg Brown2008 (1).jpg
Candidate Annise Parker Gene Locke Peter Brown
First round vote 54,193 45,954 39,904
First round percentage 31% 26% 22%
Runoff vote 81,743 70,770
Runoff percentage 53.60% 46.40%

  Roy Morales 2009 (1).jpg
Candidate Roy Morales
First round vote 35,925
First round percentage 20%

The Houston Mayoral Election of 2009 took place on November 3, 2009, to elect the successor to incumbent Mayor Bill White. White was ineligible for re-election, having served three terms. The race is officially nonpartisan. After no candidate received a majority of the votes, the top two candidates - City Controller Annise Parker and former City Attorney Gene Locke - faced each other in a runoff election on December 12, 2009. On November 11, councilman Peter Brown (who finished third in the first round) publicly endorsed Parker in the Mayor's race.[1] Annise Parker won the run-off and is now the mayor of Houston.

With the election, Houston became the largest city to elect an openly gay mayor.[2][3]

Candidates[edit]

Candidates listed in order of how they appear on the official ballot.[4]

Houston mayoral candidates (from left to right) Gene Locke, Roy Morales, Annise Parker, and Peter Brown at a May 2009 debate.

Results[edit]

General Election[edit]

Houston mayoral election, 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ±
None Annise Parker 54,193 31%
None Gene Locke 45,954 26%
None Peter Brown 39,904 22%
None Roy Morales 35,925 20%
None Amanda Ulman 992 1%

Runoff Results[edit]

Houston mayoral election runoff, 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ±
None Annise Parker 81,743 53.60% +22.60%
None Gene Locke 70,770 46.40% +20.20%

Endorsements[edit]




Polling[edit]

Pre-Election polling[edit]

Source Error Margin Date Peter Brown (D) Gene Locke (D) Roy Morales (R) Annise Parker (D)
Houston Chronicle and Zogby International [5] +/- 4.1% October 18, 2009 23.8% 13.1% 6.7% 19.0%
11 News/ KUHF Houston Public Radio poll [6][7] +/- 4.2% October 27, 2009 24% 14% 5% 16%

Aftermath[edit]

Parker was re-elected in 2011 and 2013. Locke served as Harris County interim commissioner in 2016, finishing the term of El Franco Lee, who had died unexpectedly in January of that year.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Brown endorses Annise Parker for mayor". Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  2. ^ McKinley Jr., James C. (December 12, 2009). "Houston Is Largest City to Elect Openly Gay Mayor". New York Times.
  3. ^ Ortez, David (December 16, 2009). "Why Annise Parker Won And Gene Locke Lost". Houston Press. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  4. ^ "Harris County Official Sample Ballot - 2009" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
  5. ^ "Poll: Brown leads Houston Mayor's race". Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  6. ^ "Brown commands big lead in 11 News mayoral poll". Archived from the original on 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  7. ^ "Houston Mayor's Race". Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  8. ^ Banks, Gabrielle (January 22, 2016). "Gene Locke named to fill Commissioner Lee's seat". Houston Chronicle.

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