Vijay Patel

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Vijay Patel
Board Trustee, Klein Independent School District, Position 7
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionHewlett Packard Employee
Vijay Patel was a candidate for the Position 7 seat on the Klein Independent School Board of Education. He lost election of the seat to incumbent Rick Mann on November 5, 2013.


Patel works for Hewlett Packard and has lived in the district for 13 years. He has twins who graduated from Klein Oak High School and are attending the University of Texas in Austin.[1]



See also: Klein Independent School District elections (2013)


Klein Independent School District, Position 7, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick Mann Incumbent 62.7% 5,201
     Nonpartisan Vijay Patel 37.3% 3,090
Total Votes 8,291
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


Patel was not endorsed in this campaign.


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

Campaign themes

Since Patel has traveled extensively for his work, he hopes to bring a global perspective to the board. Having both of his children go through Klein ISD, Patel says he knows the value of a good education.[3]

He supported extracurricular activities, the expansion of technology, fewer state-mandated tests and career and technical education.[4]

What was at stake?

A significant topic that faced the district this year is the potential for growth and dealing with the fiscal issues that go along with it. As a result of a new Exxon Mobil campus, as well as the arrival of The Grand Parkway, both coming in 2015, the district is looking to hire nearly 200 new personnel in 2014.[5]

Two seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Those seats were for Positions 6 & 7, held by Paul Lanham and Rick Mann, respectively. Both incumbents won re-election.

About the district

See also: Klein Independent School District, Texas
Klein Independent School District is located in Harris County, Texas.
Klein 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.[6] In the 2011-2012 school year, Klein Independent School District was the 20th-largest school district in Texas and served 46,002 students.[7]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2013[6]
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[8]
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.[9]

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