|Board Member, Houston Independent School District, District 9|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November 7, 2017|
|Bachelor's||Texas Southern University|
|Profession||Professor, TV Host|
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.
|Houston Independent School District, District 9, 4-year term, 2013|
|Source: Harris County, Texas, "November 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed December 12, 2013|
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.
|Texas House of Representatives District 131 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Alma Allen Incumbent||59.4%||3,869|
For her 2013 campaign, Adams stated the following on her website:
Trusted Support for School Personnel
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. 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. 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.
About the districtHarris 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.
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.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Wanda + Adams + Houston + Independent+School+District"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Wanda Adams for HISD, "About Wanda," accessed October 24, 2013
- The Houston Chronicle Our recommendations for the HISD board, October 4, 2013
- Houston Independent School District, "General Information," accessed February 18, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2012 Election and Candidate Information," accessed June 12, 2012
- Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- Wanda Adams for HISD, "Issues," accessed October 24, 2013
- Charles Kuffner, Off the Kuff, "Demagnetized," published October 19, 2013
- Ericka Mellon, The Houston Chronicle, "In close vote, HISD approves 3-cent tax rate increase," published October 11, 2013
- Ericka Mellon, The Houston Chronicle, "Longtime HISD trustee opts not to seek re-election," published August 27, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Harris County, Texas," accessed August 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "Harris County," accessed December 31, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.