Wanda Adams

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Wanda Adams
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Board Member, Houston Independent School District, District 9
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 7, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas Southern University
Personal
ProfessionProfessor, TV Host
Websites
Campaign website
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.

Biography

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]

Elections

2013

See also: Houston Independent School District elections (2013)

Results

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

Endorsements

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]

Funding

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]

2012

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, TX
Houston 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.[10] 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%.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2010[10]
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[11]


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