It’s what we’ve been waiting for! The next candidate to release a TV ad is Annise Parker. Unlike Peter Brown’s ads, Annise Parker truly is the star of the show, even going so far as taking a speaking role!
The ad is very professional, but what makes the ad really reach voters is the personal touch as Parker convinces voters of her abilities as a leader and as a current elected official.
The negative? It’s an ad on public safety, and it seems all of the candidates are using this issue as a means of attracting voters. Granted, public safety takes up 65% of the City budget, so it should be a priority. As an idealist, I like to hear about plans beyond public safety, since I think safety is a given. I want to hear about how creative the candidates will be in ensuring the rest of the city services aren’t affected.
There is also a nudge at one of the opponents: “…or fund museums or stadiums we cannot afford.”
In these lean times, I agree with her about these lofty ideas, but we still need to ensure the existing services–libraries, after school programs, etc.–continue. Here’s the Parker ad: