Clyde Lemon

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Clyde Lemon
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Candidate for
Board Member, Houston Independent School District, District 9
Elections and appointments
Last election1997
First elected1995
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPrairie View A & M University
J.D.Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Major
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Clyde Lemon is a candidate for the District 9 seat on the Houston Independent School Board. He is seeking election of the seat against challengers Wanda Adams and Coretta Mallet-Fontenot on November 5, 2013. Longtime incumbent Lawrence Marshall chose not to seek re-election of his seat.


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.[1]



See also: Houston Independent School District elections (2013)


Clyde Lemon is seeking election against fellow challengers Wanda Adams and Coretta Mallet-Fontenot on November 5, 2013.


Houston Independent School District, District 9, General Election, 1997
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngClyde Lemon Incumbent 45% 10,110
     Nonpartisan Lawrence Marshall 30.8% 6,907
     Nonpartisan Mary W. Houston 24.2% 5,436
Total Votes 22,453
Houston Independent School District, District 9, Run-off Election, 1997
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence Marshall 50.9% 11,717
     Nonpartisan Clyde Lemon Incumbent 49.1% 11,317
Total Votes 23,034

Campaign themes

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."[2]

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 district

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 the the 2010 US Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[3] 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%.[3]

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