Wanda Adams

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Wanda Adams
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Board Member, Houston Independent School District, District 9
Term ends
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTexas Southern University
ProfessionProfessor, TV Host
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Wanda Adams is the District 9 incumbent on the Houston Independent School Board. She won election against challengers Coretta Mallet-Fontenot and Clyde Lemon on November 5, 2013. Longtime incumbent Lawrence Marshall chose not to seek re-election of his seat. Adams was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 131 of the Texas House of Representatives.


A native Houstonian, Adams attended Texas Southern University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs. She serves on the Houston City Council District D for six years. Adams is currently serving as the host of Houston TV’s “Community Connection,” and is a professor at Texas Southern University where she teaches Political Science.[1]



See also: Houston Independent School District elections (2013)


Houston Independent School District, District 9, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWanda Adams 71.2% 8,005
     Nonpartisan Clyde Lemon 18.1% 2,040
     Nonpartisan Coretta Mallet-Fontenot 10.7% 1,200
Total Votes 11,245
Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013


In an October 3 editorial by The Houston Chronicle, the paper endorsed Anna Eastman for District 1, Harvin Moore for District 7 and Adams for District 9.[2]


Adams began the race with an existing account balance of $2,898.13 from her previous campaign. She reported $12,764.99 in contributions and $11,971.70 in expenditures to the Houston Independent School District, which left her campaign with $3,691.42 on hand.[3]


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Adams ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 131. Adams was defeated by incumbent Alma Allen in the May 29 primary election.[4][5]

Texas House of Representatives District 131 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlma Allen Incumbent 59.4% 3,869
Wanda Adams 40.6% 2,644
Total Votes 6,513

Campaign themes

For her 2013 campaign, Adams stated the following on her website:[6]

Trusted Education
High quality education is a top priority we must tackle in order to ensure the current and future prosperity of the community. As District IX trustee Wanda will fight for equal opportunity and quality education for all students. To do this she will work with the District IX community to focus heavily on advancing the caliber of District IX schools, improving STARR test results, encouraging small class sizes, lowering dropout rate and increasing graduation rate. With the help of the community she will work to ensure all students receive a diploma that signifies they have the tools to master the world. Serving six years on Houston City Council, Wanda worked heavily to combat food deserts and tackle childhood obesity. She will continue this service when elected to school board, children cannot receive a quality education if they do not receive quality and adequate food at home.

Trusted Support for School Personnel
As Trustee, one of Wanda’s main goals is advocating for all school staff. She has a strong history and track record of standing up for all employees. Once elected, Wanda will work to help develop fair and equitable systems for evaluation, focus on hiring policies that gives hard-to-staff schools an early crack at filling their vacancies and providing professional development, lesson study and coaching. She will strive to make certain all school personnel are granted competitive salaries and benefits. It is with school personnel’s hard work and unwavering commitment that our public school system runs smoothly and she will ensure they are supported.

Trusted Accountability
A successful school begins with proper accountability for school personnel and the HISD school board. Wanda will work with the community to ensure all schools provide proper transparency and parental engagement because schools are institutions for learning and developing. Wanda is a proven leader with a solid record of transparency and accessibility. Adams believes that her constituents give her their vote of confidence by electing her so she always strives to give back. As District IX trustee Wanda plans to hold frequent town hall meetings to gauge the most prominent concerns of District IX parents, guardians and students.

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

About the district

See also: Houston Independent School District, Texas
Houston Independent School District is located in Harris County, Texas.
Houston 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.[10]


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.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2013[10]
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[11]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[12]

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