Houstonians won’t be surprised to learn that Mayor Annise Parker has made the short list for a prize celebrating the best mayor worldwide.
Now serving her third term as Houston mayor, Parker has helped create thousands of jobs, made the city safer, ensured passage of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, and supported public transportation initiatives like Houston B-Cycle and METRO rail expansion.
The 2014 World Mayor Prize honors mayors who exhibit “vision, passion and skills to make their cities incredible places to live in, work in and visit.”
Mayor Parker is one of only three finalists from American cities—Sacramento and Oklahoma City made the cut as well. In total, 26 mayors worldwide are still in the running.
If Mayor Parker wins, she will be the first American mayor to receive the award.
“I’m flattered to be nominated,” Mayor Parker said. “It’s wonderful to see that Houston is receiving world-wide attention. Our team is committed to taking a stand on significant issues.”
Recently, Parker joined other progressive leaders to call for the repeal of the abortion restrictions passed last summer.
The City Mayors Foundation is asking supporters of Mayor Parker to email testimonials to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to cast a vote for her. The subject line of the email should be “Houston Parker.”
The winnter of the 2014 World Mayor Prize will be chosen by the organization’s board of fellows, who will evaluate both the number of votes received for each mayor as well as the strength of the testimonies.
Voting closes in October, so cast your vote for Mayor Annise Parker today to show your support!
Natalie tweets from @nsanluis.