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Grassroots Candidate Gaining Momentum in Race for Mayor
Today, mayoral candidate Annise Parker reported raising more than $425,000 from 1,137 donors, including 793 new donors since July 1. The numbers exceed the campaign’s goals for the period and reflect Parker’s growing momentum: in the last 3 days of the fundraising period 296 donors contributed $70,727.49 in response to an email appeal.
Parker reported more than $222,000 in cash on hand. Together with a $500,000 transfer to her media firm, Parker is on track to complete her aggressive media program.
Parker began the race with more than a million dollar advantage in name ID and positive job approval ratings from voters. In addition to her fundraising totals, Parker’s recent endorsements by the Fraternal Order of Police, the Houston Federation of Teachers and EMILY’s List reflect a broad and growing base of support that will power Parker into the runoff in November and ultimate victory.
Additionally, Parker’s volunteer base has grown to more than 1,100 and her online community of supporters is now more than 10,000 strong. She has more supporters on Facebook than all her opponents combined.
“Annise Parker is the grassroots candidate who started this race with a substantial base of support that she continues to grow dramatically,” said Parker’s campaign manager Adam Harris.
“While her opponents spend their personal wealth or leverage insider connections for campaign cash, Parker is building a movement of Houstonians who understand she is the only candidate who’s freed up millions of dollars for public safety, using tough audits to cut waste and fraud, and the only candidate with 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and a detailed plan to make Houston the headquarters of the new energy economy.”