|Board Member, Beaumont Independent School District, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Gwen Ambres currently represents District 4 on the Beaumont Independent School Board of Education. Ambres was appointed to the board in 2010 after the passing of long time member Howard Trahan Jr. She was elected to her current position in May 2011 and sought re-election to the seat in an unopposed race on November 5, 2013.
Ambres graduated from Lamar University and is now retired after 26 years of service at ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery. She is an active volunteer and enjoys being an umpire for girls softball, being a volleyball official and playing tennis.
Gwen Ambres sought re-election on November 5, 2013 in an unopposed race.
As of October 8, Ambres had not disclosed any campaign contributions.
|Beaumont Independent School District, District 4, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Gwen Ambres Incumbent||15.2%||346|
What was at stake?
Three seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013. One of the three seats was held by the board vice president.
About the districtBeaumont, Texas. It is a city in and county seat of Jefferson County, Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, it is home to 118,228 residents. It is near the southeastern border of Texas and Louisiana, and the citywide district encompasses 153.34 square miles.
Beaumont outperformed the rest of Texas with regard to graduation rate, but under performed in regards to average household income and poverty rate in 2011. The graduation rate in Beaumont was 83.0% compared to 80.4% statewide. The US Census found that the average household income in Beaumont was $40,283 compared to $50,920 for Texas. Beaumont had a poverty rate of 21.6% in 2011, while Texas was 17.0%.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Beaumont City (%)||Texas (%)|
|Black or African American||47.3||11.8|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.6||0.7|
|Two or More Races||2.0||2.7|
|Hispanic or Latino||13.4||37.6|
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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