|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 districtHouston, 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. Alief encompasses 36.6 square miles near the southeastern Texas border.
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%.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Houston city (%)||Texas (%)|
|Hispanic or Latino||43.8||37.6|
|Black or African American||23.7||11.8|
|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.
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
- Quick Facts Accessed August 19, 2013]
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014