Mayoral race heats up

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:38:42 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 04 2013 06:21:37 AM CST

Nov. 3, 2013: Election Day is Tuesday and the candidates for mayor are making a final push for votes. Bill Spencer reports.


With just two days to the election, Mayor Parker spent her Sunday manning the phones, calling voters herself, right along side members of her campaign team.

"No really, it really is Annise Parker." That's what incumbent mayor of Houston Annise Parker was telling stunned voters who received calls from the mayor Sunday.

"We have placed over 200,000 calls during the course of this campaign. We have door-knocked on 16,000 doors," Parker said.

At the same time, Harvard Law School grad and well-known attorney Ben Hall was out meeting the voters at local churches.

Hall is Parker's toughest opponent in the crowded race for mayor of Houston. Hall says he is hoping for a huge voter turnout this Tuesday to propel him forward in the race.

"Early voting suggests that all voters are coming out -- Republicans, Democrats, different ethnic groups and that's a good thing," Hall said.

As for managing America's fourth largest city, Hall has accused Parker of mismanaging Houston's finances, while Parker accuses Hall of failing to pay his income taxes time and time again.

"Mr. Hall has had more than a few run-ins with the IRS. He's paid more than a $1 million in penalties and interest," Parker said.

"She has mismanaged the city, she's failed to pay the city's bills, is really not qualified to seek re-election," said Hall.

Hall is running as the political outsider in this race -- the anti-politician.

Annise Parker is running a different course, calling herself the only one with real experience. She has served six years on city council and six years as city controller.

Election Day is Tuesday.


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