Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Granger Wins House Seat

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Granger Wins House Seat

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A former mayor Fort Worth was a lock to win the 12th Congressional District race in Texas last week. The only question was which one, and the answer was: Kay Granger.

Granger, who left office to seek the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Rep. Pete Geren (R-Tex.), defeated Hugh Parmer, the Democratic candidate and a former mayor of Fort Worth in the late 1970s, by a margin of 58-41 percent.

Granger's victory helped maintain the GOP majority in the House, but two Democrats with mayoral credentials helped the party shave some of the Republican edge. Mayor Bill Pascrell of Paterson, N.J., defeated freshman Rep. Bill Martini (R-N.J.), and Dennis Kucinich, the controversial "boy mayor" of Cleveland during the 1970s, defeated second-term Rep. Martin Hoke (R-Ohio).

John Thune, who served as executive director of the South Dakota Municipal League until winning the Republican nomination for the state's at-large House seat, will become a member of the freshman class of the 105th Congress after rolling up a 58 percent margin of victory over Democrat Rich Welland, an aide to Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.Dak.).

In other national election contests involving municipal leaders last week, Mayor Paul Soglin of Madison, Wisc., failed to unseat Rep. Scott Klug (R-Wisc.), and former Mayor Harvey Gantt of Charlotte, N.C., lost again in a second effort to unseat Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.).

Mary Landrieu, the daughter of former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, won by less than 10,000 votes to become Louisiana's first woman elected to the U. …

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