Chris A. Bell

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Chris A. Bell
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Board Member, Spring Independent School District, Position 2
Incumbent
Term ends
2016
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionMinister
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Chris A. Bell is the Position 2 incumbent on the Spring Independent School Board of Education. He first won election against challenger Larry E. Humphrey II on November 5, 2013. Seat holder Calvin Tang did not seek re-election.

Biography

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.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Spring Independent School District elections (2013)

Results

Spring Independent School District, Position 2, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris A. Bell 74% 3,074
     Nonpartisan Larry E. Humphrey II 26% 1,081
Total Votes 4,155
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013

Endorsements

Bell was not endorsed in this campaign.

Funding

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

Campaign themes

Bell ran his campaign on the following principles:[1]

  • Innovation
  • 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 district

See also: Spring Independent School District, Texas
Spring Independent School District is located in Harris County, Texas.
Spring Independent School District is located in Harris 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.[3] In the 2011-2012 school year, Spring Independent School District was the 32nd-largest school district in Texas and served 36,513 students.[4]

Demographics

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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Harris County (%) Texas (%)
White 70.7 80.3
Black or African American 19.5 12.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.0
Asian 6.8 4.3
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

Presidential Voting Pattern, Harris County[5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote Other Vote
2012 587,044 586,073 15,468
2008 590,982 571,883 8,607
2004 475,865 584,723 7,380
2000 418,267 529,159 27,396

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[6][7]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Information submitted via email on October 6, 2013
  2. Texas Ethics Commission Search Campaign Finance Reports, accessed December 26, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Harris County, Texas," accessed August 4, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed August 4, 2014
  5. Texas Secretary of State, "Harris County," accessed December 31, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.