Lunceford Wins HISD Trustee Race
Mike Lunceford raced ahead of his opponent in Tuesday’s election to become the new school district trustee responsible for overseeing public schools serving West University Place.
As of 10:30 p.m. on election night, Lunceford won 69 percent of the vote for the seat for Houston Independent School District Trustee for District 5. HISD District 5 covers West University Elementary and Pershing Middle School.
His opponent, Ray Reiner, won 31 percent of the votes. Only 24 percent of registered Harris County voters cast ballots in the race. These numbers represent 94 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Harris County Clerk’s Office.
Lunceford graduated from an HISD school, sent his children through Houston schools, and has been an active school volunteer for 16 years. He is a petroleum engineer who focuses on strategic planning and data analysis.
At a candidates’ forum earlier in the campaign, Lunceford said if he was elected he wants to fight the dropout rate and achievement gap. He said the district should “think outside the box” to offer modern vocational training and flexible class schedules that will appeal to students at risk of dropping out.