Anna Eastman

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Anna Eastman
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Board Member, Houston Independent School District, District 1
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2009
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
Master'sOur Lady of the Lake University
ProfessionCommittee leader
Anna Eastman is the current District 1 seatholder on the Houston Independent School District, where she also serves as Board President. She won re-election of the seat against challenger Hugo Mojica on November 5, 2013.


Eastman graduated from the University of Texas in 1992 with a Bachelor's degree in Art History and earned a Master's in Social Work in 1993 from Our Lady of the Lake University. After receiving her degree, Eastman worked as a lead social worker for Communities in Schools in San Antonio. Eastman and her husband, Brad, also co-founded the 11½ Street Foundation, which recognizes outstanding veteran teachers with monetary awards. Currently, she serves on the leadership team of the Community Advisory Group to the University of Texas School of Public Health Prevention Research Center, whose focus is adolescent sexual health. She was elected to the Houston ISD school board in 2009.[1]



See also: Houston Independent School District elections (2013)


Houston Independent School District, District 1, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnna Eastman Incumbent 77.4% 8,144
     Nonpartisan Hugo Mojica 22.6% 2,377
Total Votes 10,521
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


In an October 3 editorial by The Houston Chronicle, the paper endorsed Anna Eastman for District 1, Harvin Moore for District 7 and Wanda Adams for District 9.[2]


Eastman began the race with an existing account balance of $1,249.14 from her previous campaign. She reported $3,900.00 in contributions and $4,488.01 in expenditures to the Houston Independent School District, which left her campaign with $661.13 on hand.[3]


Houston Independent School District, District 1, Runoff Election, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnna Eastman 49% 4,770
     Nonpartisan Alma Lara 51% 4,960
Total Votes 9,730

What was at stake?

Five seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Those seats were for Districts 1, 5, 6, 7 and 9. Longtime incumbent Lawrence Marshall decided not to run for re-election of District 9.

HISD board members disagree on the best means of using scarce district resources to meet the various needs of the many students enrolled. Regardless of their debate over methodology, candidates from both districts agree that their top priority ought to be maintaining accountability and high standards for their districts. Houston ISD is still struggling with the deep budget cuts in public education imposed in 2011 and adjusting to a narrowly approved tax rate increase.[4] The increase aims to help fund pay raises, as well as the district's Apollo reform program, which allows for specially hired tutors and longer school days.[5] Longtime incumbent Lawrence Marshall of Houston's District 9, did not seeking re-election and is currently under FBI criminal investigation for allegedly taking vendor money.[6]

About the district

Houston Independent School District is located in Harris County, TX
Houston ISD is located in Houston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[7] Alief encompasses 36.6 square miles near the southeastern Texas border.


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Houston underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 74.4% compared to 80.4% statewide. The average household income was $44,124 compared to $50,920 in the entire state. Houston had a poverty rate of 21.5%, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.0%.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Houston city (%) Texas (%)
White 50.5 70.4
Hispanic or Latino 43.8 37.6
Black or African American 23.7 11.8
Asian 6.0 3.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Two or More Races 3.3 2.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8]

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