Michael Bennett (Texas)

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Michael Bennett
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Board Member, Alief Independent School District, Position 4
Incumbent
Term ends
2016
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchNavy
Years of service10
Personal
ProfessionSoftware engineer
Websites
Campaign website
Michael Bennett is the Position 4 incumbent on the Alief Independent School Board of Education. He won election over incumbent Ella Jefferson on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Bennett attended The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He served in the Navy for ten years, before being honorably discharged. He has served as a community activist and philanthropist for more than 15 years in Alief/Southwest Houston. He currently works as a Senior Software Support and Systems Engineer for a technology firm.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Alief Independent School District elections (2013)

Results

Alief Independent School District, Position 4, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Bennett 50.5% 3,368
     Nonpartisan Ella Jefferson Incumbent 49.5% 3,306
Total Votes 6,674
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013

Endorsements

Bennett was not endorsed in this campaign.

Funding

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

What was at stake?

Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Those elections were for Positions 4, 5, 6 and 7.[3]

Issues that have faced the district in the past have been school funding, student testing and accountability, local governance and control (including vouchers and school tax credits) and federal issues.[4]

About the district

Alief Independent School District is located in Harris County, TX
Alief 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.[5] Alief encompasses 36.6 square miles near the southeastern Texas border.

Demographics

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%.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
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.[6]

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