|Board Member, Houston Independent School District, District 1|
|High school||Jeff Davis High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Houston|
|Master's||University of Miami, Florida International University|
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.
|Houston Independent School District, District 1, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Anna Eastman Incumbent||77.4%||8,144|
|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.
For his 2013 campaign, Mojica cited the following list on his campaign website as the issues he's campaigning for:
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. 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. 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.
About the districtHouston, 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. 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%.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Houston city (%)||Texas (%)|
|Hispanic or Latino||43.8||37.6|
|Black or African American||23.7||11.8|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.7||0.7|
|Two or More Races||3.3||2.7|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Hugo + Mojica + Houston + Independent + School + District"
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- Hugo Mojica About Me, accessed October 3, 2013
- Houston Independent School District, "General Information," accessed February 18, 2014
- Hugo Mojica for HISD Trustee - District 1 Issues, accessed October 3, 2013
- Charles Kuffner, Off the Kuff, "Demagnetized," published October 19, 2013
- Ericka Mellon, The Houston Chronicle, "In close vote, HISD approves 3-cent tax rate increase," published October 11, 2013
- Ericka Mellon, The Houston Chronicle, "Longtime HISD trustee opts not to seek re-election," published August 27, 2013
- Quick Facts Accessed August 19, 2013]