Chris A. Bell
|Chris A. Bell|
|Board Member, Spring Independent School District, Position 2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
Bell is a 19-year resident of Spring ISD, and has served on over 15 district committees. He is currently on the Spring Education Foundation Board and the Career and Technology Education (CTE) Advisory Board. He has his bachelor's degree in public affairs and a master's degree in cultural anthropology. He is an ordained minister and has served on the Spring Ministerial Advisory Board. Bell also has two children who are graduates of Spring ISD.
|Spring Independent School District, Position 2, 3-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Chris A. Bell||74%||3,074|
|Nonpartisan||Larry E. Humphrey II||26%||1,081|
|Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013|
Bell was not endorsed in this campaign.
Bell reported no contributions or expenditures to the Texas Ethics Commission.
Bell ran his campaign on the following principles:
- School Safety
- Individual Student Achievement
- Special Need Student Services
- College / Career Readiness
- Community Engagement and Parental Involvement
- Staff Training and Professional Development
- External Funding and Collaborative Partnerships
- Financial Responsibility and Efficiency
- Cultural Competence
What was at stake?
Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 covering Positions 1, 2 and 3. The two incumbents in Positions 1 and 3 retained their seats, while newcomer Chris A. Bell was elected to the board in Position 2.
About the districtHarris County, Texas. The county seat of Harris County is Houston. Harris County is home to 4,092,459 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. Spring Independent School District is the 32nd-largest school district in Texas, serving 36,513 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
Harris County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.1 percent of Harris 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 Harris County was $53,160 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Harris County was 17.9 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.
|Racial Demographics, 2012|
|Race||Harris County (%)||Texas (%)|
|Black or African American||19.5||12.4|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||1.1||1.0|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander||0.1||0.1|
|Two or More Races||1.7||1.8|
|Hispanic or Latino||41.6||38.4|
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.
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- Information submitted via email on October 6, 2013
- Texas Ethics Commission Search Campaign Finance Reports, accessed December 26, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Harris County, Texas," accessed August 4, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed August 4, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014