Battle between Houston mayoral candidates begins

August 14, 2013 12:32:51 PM PDT
There's more than two months before voters head to the polls to choose Houston's next mayor. But the candidates aren't wasting any time getting their message out there. The first two television ads of the election season have already hit the airwaves.

There's already a debate over how many debates the two cnadidates will agree to. Mayor Annise Parker has agreed to one debate that would be open to all media, while mayoral candidate Ben Hall says he's willing to do more.

It seems like a political statement...

"We will have a Thanksgiving parade," Parker said Tuesday, referring to the event which had been in doubt.

It's a Houston holiday tradition, but every move Parker makes is fair game.

Hall's campaign responded on his campaign website and on the campaign trail.

"The parade decision in keeping that is the right choice; it was the wrong decision initially for her not to support it. But I'm not going to get into back and forth on that," Hall said.

But it seems like the ads are starting to do just that.

"We have some serious economic challenges coming and we need to prepare for them. But we can't get there by hiding the truth, Mayor Parker," Hall says in his ad.

"Ben Hall really wants to be mayor, he just didn't want to live here," Parker's ad claims.

"He moved into town so he could run for mayor," Parker said.

"I probably have paid more taxes in this city than she has. We've had properties in this city, I've worked in this city for over 27 years," Hall said in response to the ad.

Professor of political science Mark Jones says it's unlikely voters will pay much attention to the ads on the airwaves.

"They are signaling to political activists and potential donors that both Ben Hall is a serious candidate and Annise Parker is not going to let him have the stage to himself," Jones said.

But the candidates are dissecting every word from their opponent.

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