DALLAS — As Houston's comptroller, Annise Parker supervised millions of dollars worth of bond deals over the past six years. Now, as mayor, she will broaden her oversight of the city, with plans to tighten the budget and wield greater control over the Harris County Metropolitan Transit Authority that is expanding the city's light-rail system.

Parker, a Democrat who was elected Saturday with 53% of the vote in a runoff against former city attorney Gene Locke, succeeds Bill White as mayor. White, a well-regarded mayor with wide support across the city's diverse demographics, is running for Texas governor in the Democratic primary.

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