Lemon grew up in northeast Houston and graduated from Smiley High School. He completed his Bachelor's degree at Prairie View A & M University. He earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps through the Navy ROTC program. Following graduation he was stationed at Quantico, Virginia and subsequently took command of a Combat Engineer platoon in Okinawa, Japan. Lemon previously served on the HISD school board from 1995 to 1997.
|Houston Independent School District, District 9, General Election, 1997|
|Nonpartisan||Clyde Lemon Incumbent||45%||10,110|
|Nonpartisan||Mary W. Houston||24.2%||5,436|
|Houston Independent School District, District 9, Run-off Election, 1997|
|Nonpartisan||Clyde Lemon Incumbent||49.1%||11,317|
Lemon stated that his motivation for running is putting the children first, and not allowing "distractions to interfere with the focus of being an advocate for the academic success of all the students of our school district."
What's at stake?
Five seats are up for election on the Houston Independent School District board on November 5, 2013. Districts 1, 5, 6, 7 and 9 are currently held by Board President Anna Eastman, Assistant Secretary Michael L. Lunceford, Greg Meyers, Harvin C. Moore and Lawrence Marshall, respectively. Members elected to the board are scheduled to serve four-year terms.
About the districtHouston, Texas, which is also a seat of Harris County, Texas. According the the 2010 US 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|
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