Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker (Jones ’78) strongly encouraged students to get involved in the political process at the Rice Democrats and Rice for Hillary’s first meeting of the year on Sept. 14. Parker, who is now the inaugural fellow at the Doerr Institute, served as mayor for six years. Throughout her speech, she spoke regarding the upcoming election and local politics.
“You’re going to have a disproportionate impact, because so few people participate in the process,” Parker said. “Not enough of us vote, but fewer of us take the time to get engaged with candidates and campaigns. In order for our democracy to function, it requires people to be informed and engaged, to contribute ideas and energy into the system.”
The Rice Democrats and Rice for Hillary President David Cirillo organized the event and stressed the importance of the upcoming election.