Annise Parker today proudly announces her endorsement by former St. Representative and National Guard Colonel Rick Noriega
“My friend Annise Parker is the person who possesses the vision, competence and compassion to lead our city to the next level,” said Noriega. “Houston is at a crossroads, whether we will grow as a vibrant international city where our families and future generations can work, love and prosper or whether we will be relegated to mediocrity.
“Annise has not only been a long-time friend and supporter of our family,” Noriega continued, “she has demonstrated through her experience in business, as a council member and as city controller, that she is not only qualified but clearly prepared and ready to lead the city into the future that we all want for Houston. That is why my parents and I are supporting Annise Parker for Mayor.”
“I am honored to have as a supporter someone with Rick’s record of service to our community,” said Parker. “Rick served in both the U.S. Army and the Texas National Guard. After spending a year in Afghanistan, he returned to Houston only to be called to service again, managing the city’s Hurricane Katrina relief effort at the George R. Brown Convention Center. I am proud to be a friend of Rick Noriega and prouder still of his endorsement in the mayor’s race.”
Noriega joins the many thousands of Houstonians who support Annise Parker, including Annie’s List, Seafarers International Union, HOPE Local 123, SEIU Local 1, UNITE HERE Local 25, Harris County Democrats, Oak Forest Democrats, Spring Branch Democrats, the Harris County AFL-CIO Council, Harris County Afro-American Sheriff’s Deputy League, the Houston GLBT Caucus and Harris County Young Democrats.
As Houston City Controller, Annise Parker directs Houston’s financial investments and manages billions of tax dollars. Her independent audits of city departments and programs have rooted out waste and saved the city money that can be used for priorities such as public safety, after-school programs and economic development. A businesswoman and neighborhood leader, Parker served on City Council for six years. She spent 20 years in the oil and gas industry before entering public service.