The Agenda

Houston reelects Parker, sends first gay man to council

Houston voters have returned Mayor Annise Parker to office without a runoff election, giving her nearly 51% of the vote in a general election tonight that featured five opponents.  Parker, an out lesbian, was first elected in 2009 and will be able to run for one more 2-year term in 2013.

Voters in the new city council District J chose Mike Laster to represent them.  Laster becomes the first openly gay man elected to the Houston City Council.