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posted Friday, February 6, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 06
Lesbian mayor rated one of world's top ten
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Lesbian mayor rated one of world's top ten

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Houston Mayor Annise Parker, an out Lesbian, was rated one of the world's top ten mayors by the City Mayors Foundation. The group is an international think-tank studying urban issues.

Parker was rated seventh in the poll, and was the only U.S. mayor to be selected for special mention.

According to the City Mayors Foundation, "An outstanding mayor must possess qualities such as: honesty, leadership and vision, good management abilities, social and economic awareness, ability to provide security and to protect the environment, as well as having the skill to cultivate good relations between communities different cultural, racial and social backgrounds."

The group narrowed down the field of 26 nominees by looking at testimonials - both positive and negative - submitted by their citizens. Some 256,000 testimonials were received in total.

The World Mayor Jury, which rated the nominees, summarized Parker's accomplishments in this way:

"Annise Parker should be 2014 World Mayor because of her adept balancing of social and economic issues while making significant progress on both during her three terms as mayor of my hometown, Houston, Texas, USA. Her policies, which enabled the city to remain fiscally healthy during the worst of the recent recession, set the stage for the tremendous economic growth Houston enjoys today. Meanwhile, she champions human rights issues such as by being a pioneer - first openly-Gay mayor of a major city - and a role model."

"It's a great honor to be recognized for doing what I love for a city that I dearly love," Parker told CultureMap Houston in an email. "Being mayor of Houston is the best political job in the world. It provides the opportunity to shape the future of one of the great American cities. I am humbled that others view this work as worthy of being right up there with the accomplishments of my mayoral colleagues around the world."

Along with Parker, the top ten mayors were: 1. Naheed Nenshi of Calgary, Canada. 2. Daniel Termont of Ghent, Belgium. 3. Tri Rismaharini of Surabaya, Indonesia. 4. Carlos Ocariz of Sucre, Venezuela. 5. Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City, Philippines. 6. Albrecht Schroter of Jena, Germany. 7. Parker. 8. Yannis Boutaris of Thessaloniki, Greece. 9. Giusy Nicolini of Lampedusa, Italy. 10. Aziz Kocaoglu of Izmir, Turkey.

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