Hugo Mojica

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Hugo Mojica
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Board Member, Houston Independent School District, District 1
Former Candidate
High schoolJeff Davis High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Houston
Master'sUniversity of Miami, Florida International University
ProfessionExecutive director
Campaign website
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Hugo Mojica was a candidate for the District 1 seat on the Houston Independent School Board. He lost election of the seat to incumbent Anna Eastman on November 5, 2013.


Mojica is a lifelong resident of Houston ISD's District 1, graduating from Janowski Elementary, Burbank Middle School and Jeff Davis High School. He has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 2000 from the University of Houston, a Master of Arts in International Administration from the University of Miami in 2007 and a Master of Public Administration from Florida International University in 2008. He is a board member of Parents for Public Schools of Houston and led a group of parents to Austin during the last session of the Texas Legislature to demand full funding for public education in Texas. He is currently the Executive Director of the Greater Northside Chamber of Commerce.[1]



See also: Houston Independent School District elections (2013)


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


Mojica was not endorsed in this campaign.


Mojica reported $3,008.10 in contributions and $2,024.41 in expenditures to the Houston Independent School District, which left his campaign with $296.13 on hand.[2]

Campaign themes

For his 2013 campaign, Mojica cited the following list on his campaign website as the issues he's campaigning for:[3]

  • Provide a quality and equitable education for all students. I will work to close the achievement gap.
  • Eliminate high-stakes testing for kindergarten. We should teach them rather than test them.
  • Limit benchmark testing (i.e. practice tests for STAAR). We must break the cycle of over-testing.
  • Develop a fair teacher evaluation system that focuses on teaching rather than high-stakes testing. We need to stop using testing to fire teachers.
  • Restore full funding to public education.
  • Be a community advocate. I will engage all stakeholders in the decision-making process.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

About the district

Houston Independent School District is located in Harris County, TX
Houston ISD is located in Houston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[7] Alief encompasses 36.6 square miles near the southeastern Texas border.


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Houston underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 74.4% compared to 80.4% statewide. The average household income was $44,124 compared to $50,920 in the entire state. Houston had a poverty rate of 21.5%, while the poverty rate for Texas was 17.0%.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Houston city (%) Texas (%)
White 50.5 70.4
Hispanic or Latino 43.8 37.6
Black or African American 23.7 11.8
Asian 6.0 3.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.7
Two or More Races 3.3 2.7

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.[8]

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