Clyde Lemon

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Clyde Lemon
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Board Member, Houston Independent School District, District 9
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last election1997
First elected1995
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 was a candidate for the District 9 seat on the Houston Independent School Board. He lost election of the seat to challenger Wanda Adams 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)


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 W. 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


As of October 28, 2013, Lemon had received $3,750 in campaign contributions and expended $4,214.33.[2]


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."[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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 to the 2010 U.S. Census, Houston is home to 2,099,451 residents.[7] 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%.[7]

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