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Houston Independent School District elections (2013)

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2013 Houston Independent School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Texas
Houston Independent School District
Harris County, Texas ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Texas
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Five seats were up for election on the Houston Independent School Board on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Anna Eastman and Harvin Moore triumphed over challengers Hugo Mojica and Anne Sung in Districts 1 and 7, respectively, while newcomer Wanda Adams won election election over fellow challengers Coretta Mallet-Fontenot and Clyde Lemon in District 9. Incumbents Michael L. Lunceford and Greg Meyers ran unopposed and won the District 5 and 6 seats, respectively. Houston ISD is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States.

About the district

See also: Houston Independent School District, Texas
Houston Independent School District is located in Harris County, Texas.
Houston 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.[1]

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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
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[2]
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, 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.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Houston Independent School District is overseen by a nine-member board elected by geographic district to four-year staggered terms.[4] The HISD did not hold a primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013, where five seats were sought by nine candidates.

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Anna Eastman
    • Incumbent and Board President
    • Committee Leader, University of Texas School of Public Health Prevention Research Center
  • Hugo Mojica
    • Executive Director, Greater Northside Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael L. Lunceford
    • Incumbent and Board Assistant Secretary
    • Vice President of Engineering, Pedernales Energy
  • Greg Meyers
    • Incumbent
    • Professor, University of St. Thomas
  • Harvin Moore
    • Incumbent
    • Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations, Sentinel Satellite, Inc.
  • Anne Sung
    • Director of Strategic Planning and Public Policy, Harris County Sheriff's Department

Election results

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


Houston Independent School District, District 7, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarvin Moore Incumbent 53.4% 6,621
     Nonpartisan Anne Sung 46.6% 5,773
Total Votes 12,394
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


Houston Independent School District, District 9, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWanda Adams 71.2% 8,005
     Nonpartisan Clyde Lemon 18.1% 2,040
     Nonpartisan Coretta Mallet-Fontenot 10.7% 1,200
Total Votes 11,245
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013

Note: Michael L. Lunceford in District 5 and Greg Meyers in District 6 ran unopposed races and were re-elected to their seats.

Endorsements

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.[5]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $70,557.18 and spent a total of $54,951.73 during the election, according to the district office.[6]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Anna Eastman $3,900.00 $4,488.01 $661.13
Hugo Mojica $3,008.10 $2,024.41 $296.13
Michael L. Lunceford $132.38 $300.00 -$167.62
Greg Meyers $0.00 $450.00 $13,224.77
Harvin Moore $20,654.00 $6,171.79 $30,032.55
Anne Sung $24,067.71 $23,455.68 $1,603.69
Wanda Adams $12,764.99 $11,971.70 $3,691.42
Coretta Mallet-Fontenot $2,280.00 $1,875.81 $404.19
Clyde Lemon $3,750.00 $4,214.33 $702.43

Past elections

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Houston Independent School District election in 2013:[10]

Deadline Event
July 27, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
August 26, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
November 5, 2013 Election day

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See also

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