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Ben Roper

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Ben Roper
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Board Member, College Station Independent School District, Place 3
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionInformation Technology Director
Ben Roper was a candidate for the Place 3 seat on the College Station Independent School Board of Education. He lost election on November 5, 2013 to challenger Michael Wesson. Incumbent Dr. Garland Watson chose not to run for re-election of his seat.


Roper is the Information Technology Director for the city of College Station. The department provides both internal support for communications technology and external support for special programs and information.[1]



See also: College Station Independent School District elections (2013)


College Independent School Board, Place 3, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Wesson 53.2% 2,291
     Independent John Fedora 31% 1,336
     Independent Ben Roper 15.7% 678
Total Votes 4,305
Source: KBTX News, "November 2013 Election Results," accessed November 8, 2013


Roper was not endorsed in this campaign.


Roper reported no contributions or expenditures to the Texas Ethics Commission.[2]

What was at stake?

Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Those seats were for Places 3, 4 and 5. Places 3 and 5 were filled by new members and Place 4 was filled by an incumbent.

About the district

See also: College Station Independent School District, Texas
College Station Independent School District is located in Brazos County, Texas.
College Station Independent School District is located in Brazos County, Texas. The county seat of Brazos County is Bryan. Brazos County is home to 194,851 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] In the 2011-2012 school year, College Station Independent School District was the 97th-largest school district in Texas and served 10,805 students.[4]


Brazos County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 38.7 percent of Brazos County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Brazos County was $37,638 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Brazos County was 30.0 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Brazos County (%) Texas (%)
White 80.6 80.3
Black or African American 11.3 12.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 5.5 4.3
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 24.5 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern, Brazos County[5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote Other Vote
2012 17,477 37,209 1,276
2008 20,502 37,465 706
2004 16,128 37,594 587
2000 12,359 32,864 1,718

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.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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