Parker, a former city councilwoman and state representative, defeated Republican David Oh with an overwhelming 74.5 percent to 25.5 percent margin, marking a significant milestone in the city’s political history.
In her victory speech, she acknowledged the collective effort, stating:
“I am not superwoman. I make it look super easy because I have a great village.”
“We’re gonna make sure that we put people on the path to self-sufficiency,” Parker declared, outlinging the city’s top priorities.
Facing the challenge of a crowded field of Democrats in the primary election, Parker emerged victorious, securing 33 percent of the vote and outpacing former City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart, who finished in second place with 22.6 percent.
The Associated Press reported that she finished second behind state Sen. John Whitmire, a fellow Democrat, in a competitive field of 17 candidates.
Jackson Lee secured 36 percent of the vote compared to Whitmire’s 43 percent, falling short of the 50 percent threshold for an outright victory.
The result triggers a runoff election scheduled for December 9, where Jackson Lee will face Whitmire in a bid to secure the mayoral seat.
Despite facing an uphill battle, with a University of Houston poll indicating Whitmire’s lead at 51 percent to Jackson Lee’s 33 percent, the congresswoman reiterated her commitment to helping families in need, prioritizing public safety, job creation, and serving the diverse population of Houston.
The polling suggests a nuanced division among voters, with Jackson Lee holding stronger support among Black Houstonians and Democratic voters, while Whitmire garners more significant backing from White, Latino, and Republican voters.