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HOUSTON (AP) – Houston Mayor Annise Parker is hoping voters will elect her to a third and final term.


Parker is squaring off against eight other candidates in Tuesday’s mayoral race. If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates would face each other in a runoff on Dec. 14.


Parker has touted her administration’s work in helping Houston weather the recent recession better than most major U.S. cities.


Her strongest opponent is former city attorney Ben Hall. Hall has charged that Houston has become less safe and economically sound under Parker’s administration.


With Parker’s election in 2009, Houston became the largest city in the United States led by an openly gay person. Parker won her second term in 2011.

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