Voters Pick Incumbents, Familiar Face For Houston School Board

This election season saw three races for the board of trustees for the Houston Independent School District. It's the largest school district in Texas and has a $1.6 billion budget. Voters picked two incumbents and a familiar face to lead the district on the board.

Wanda Adams
Wanda Adams will take office in January. [Photo credit: Houston City Council]

Wanda Adams has never served on the board of the Houston Independent School District. But she’s not new to government.

She’s finishing her third and final term on the Houston City Council.

Adams says that will help her as the newest trustee on the HISD board.

“Being able to look at budgets and being able to know what questions to ask concerning budgets. And not only that, being a person who has, you know, trust and support for school personnel, be it principals, administrators, teachers and non-teachers, and being someone who can go in and be transparent.”

To make the board more transparent, Adams wants to look at how trustees report their financial statements.

Adams handily beat two other opponents for the open seat in District Nine in Southwest Houston.

Anna Eastman
Anna Eastman was re-elected to the Board of Education. [Photo credit: HISD]

It’s currently held by longtime trustee Larry Marshall who did not seek reelection.

Voters in other parts of Houston decided to keep two incumbents for another four years.

Anna Eastman won a second term with more than 70 percent of the vote.

“All three of the people that won have served in public office and so in some way have proven to their constituencies that they provide leadership that they’re looking for.”

Eastman says she’s encouraged to keep up what she’s been doing. Going forward, she says quality teachers are a big priority.

“Ensuring we have high quality teachers who are treated as professionals and that they are expected to teach our kids in a rich and deep way and they are empowered to do exactly that.”

Another incumbent who won reelection is Harvin Moore. He will serve a fourth term.

“If any message is sent, then the message has to be that that Houston has always welcomed change and difficult reform and it’s continuing to do so.”

Harvin Moore
Harvin Moore was re-elected to the Board of Education. [Photo credit: HISD]

Moore won by the closest margin of all the Houston school board races. He won 53 percent of the votes while his challenger Anne Sung received 47 percent.

Sung, a former school teacher, says she won’t fade from public education.

“I am in this for the kids. I have been an advocate for better schools in HISD for a strong public education system and I’ll continue to do that.”

The trustees will start their new terms in January.

For more 2013 election coverage and information, visit here.

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Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for KUHF, including K-12 and higher education.

Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and regularly contributed to WLRN, the local NPR affiliate and Miami Herald news partner...