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Nghi T. Ho

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Nghi T. Ho
Board Member, Alief Independent School District, Position 5
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedMay 2005
Next generalNovember 2017
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAlief Elsik High School
Bachelor'sThe University of Texas at Austin
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service5
ProfessionFinancial Planner
Campaign website
Nghi T. Ho campaign logo
Nghi T. Ho is the Position 5 member on the Alief Independent School Board of Education. He was re-elected to the board in an unopposed race on November 5, 2013. Ho was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 149 of the Texas House of Representatives.[1]


Ho has spent most of his life in the Alief area, and graduated from Alief Killough Middle School and Alief Elsik High School. Ho then attended The University of Texas at Austin on a 4-year U.S. Navy ROTC scholarship, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology. He was commissioned as a U.S. Navy Officer and served 5 years in the U.S. Navy. Ho resigned from the Naval Service as a Navy Lieutenant shortly after the first Persian Gulf War to return to his hometown in Alief. Ho is the owner of the investment firm, Royal Oaks Financial Group.

Ho is married to Agnes, and has a 16-year old son, Andrew, and 13-year old daughter, Amanda. They have both attended Alief public schools since kindergarten.[2]



See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Hubert Vo was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Al Hoang defeated Nghi T. Ho in the Republican primary. Vo defeated Hoang in the general election.[1][3][4]

Texas House of Representatives, District 149 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHubert Vo Incumbent 54.9% 11,954
     Republican Al Hoang 45.1% 9,820
Total Votes 21,774


See also: Alief Independent School District elections (2013)


Alief Independent School District, Position 5, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNghi T. Ho Incumbent 100% 5,546
Total Votes 5,546
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


Ho was not endorsed in this campaign.


Ho reported no contributions or expenditures to the Texas Ethics Commission.[5]


Alief Independent School District, Position 5, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNghi T. Ho 50.8% 4,524
     Nonpartisan Grace Parmar 49.2% 4,386
Total Votes 8,910
Source: Cumulative Report, "2009 Joint Election," accessed October 8, 2013

Campaign themes

Ho's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[6]

Economic Development

  • Excerpt: "Red tape and big government stands in the way of Texans’ ability to start businesses and advance upward in their careers. This leads to hardships in other areas of life and limits our quality of life. I will fight to make it easier to start and grow your business so that the whole economy can flourish."

Fiscal Conservative

  • Excerpt: "Spending and taxes need to be consistent, predictable, and balanced. Texas has been taxed enough already and more tax cuts needs to be considered. The state budget is filled with unnecessary spending that could go towards water and transportation. I will fight to lower taxes and reign in spending by putting a focus on our necessary infrastructure needs and getting rid of wasteful spending."

2nd Amendment

  • Excerpt: "The right to bear arms is the cornerstone of our freedom and personal security. I will fight to simplify gun laws and ensure the right to bear arms is not infringed upon here in Texas."

Public and Higher Education

  • Excerpt: "Education is the key to improving prosperity and increasing opportunities here in Texas. I have served on the School Board for many years now fighting for measures that improves the quality of education our children receive. The “one size fits all” state and national standards prevent the local school districts and teachers from truly meeting the unique needs of our children and communities."

Healthcare/Tort Reform

  • Excerpt: "Health care is a big expense to the state and its citizens. We need affordable solutions to improve the availability for all Texans to choose the right healthcare for themselves. ObamaCare is not the solution and will put a huge, unfair mandate on the state and the people of Texas. Encouraging the free market, both for-profit and non-profits, to meet the needs of Texas is the solution."

What was at stake?

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

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.[8]

About the district

See also: Alief Independent School District, Texas
Alief Independent School District is located in Harris County, Texas.
Alief 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.[9]


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.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2013[9]
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[10]
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.[11] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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