For you folks who are coming down to Houston for Creating Change and wondering if Annise will still be in the mayor's chair when you arrive for the start of it January 29-February 2, the answer is yes.
Mayor Annise Parker was challenged by seven opponents, with the lead one being transphobic former city attorney Ben Hall.
She still romped to a convincing 57%-27% reelection win over her closest opponent to remain in our mayor's chair for her third and final two year term.
She continues the distinctions of being our second female mayor and Houston being the largest city in the United States led by an openly gay person. .
“To the voters of Houston, thank you for renewing your trust in me, in the city, in our ability to come together to work together to continue to make Houston the best city it can possibly be. It is already a great, great international city, but the best can always be better,” said Mayor Parker in her victory speech.
Unfortunately the news wasn't so good in the City Council at Large Position 3 race for the Houston trans community.
Jenifer Rene Pool missed getting into the runoff against front runner Michael Kubosh by 1125 votes to end her second attempt to become the first open trans person elected to City Council.
No word yet on whether Jenifer is going to attempt another run in the 2015 election cycle.
The iconic Astrodome is likely headed for demolition as the referendum proposing to spend $217 million to repurpose and refurbish the Dome failed. Either way it's going to cost Harris County money because demolition of the Eighth Wonder of the World has been estimated to cost $30 million.