A roundup of Central Texas May 5 election results


TRAVIS COUNTY

LAKE TRAVIS SCHOOLS

Incumbent, two newcomers win school board races

Lake Travis school board incumbent Guy C. Clayton will keep his Place 1 seat, and two newcomers will join him on the board after winning elections Saturday. Clayton garnered 2,687 votes, 75 percent of the ballots cast in his race against David Lovelace.

Nine candidates ran for two open seats on the board. Lauren White, a former teacher, won the Place 2 seat, receiving 44 percent of the vote. In Place 3, attorney Jessica Putonti won handily with 1,510 votes (41 percent).

The seven-member school board sets policy and the budget for the 10,000-student district.

— Melissa B. Taboada, American-Statesman

PFLUGERVILLE SCHOOLS

Kimmins elected to school board

After a close race against opponent Brian Allen, incumbent Mary Kimmins won a second term representing Place 1 on the Pflugerville school district board.

Kimmins defeated Allen by only 15 votes, receiving 565l (33.2 percent) to Allen’s 550 (32.3 percent). Charlie Torres finished with 450 votes, and Matt Robertson came in fourth with 137.

— Ariana Garcia, Pflugerville Pflag

BEE CAVE

Newcomer, mayor pro tem win places

Unofficial election results showed newcomer Jon Cobb and current mayor pro tem Bill Goodwin winning two at-large seats on the Bee Cave City Council.

Although incumbent council member Tom Matzen bowed out of the May 5 election, his name remained on the ballot after he made his decision past the official deadline to withdraw. The final results showed Goodwin with 244 votes, Cobb with 186 and Matzen with 63.

Running unopposed for mayor was City Council member Monty Parker, who will replace longtime Mayor Caroline Murphy after she opted not to seek another term.

— Ed Allen, Lake Travis View

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

ROUND ROCK

Baker, Baese triumph in council elections

Matt Baker, who co-owns a real estate agency, and Writ Baese, a co-owner of a payroll company and an incumbent seeking his second term, both were victorious in Round Rock City Council elections.

Baker received 2,326 votes (60.7 percent) to defeat Cam Scott, a senior director of government relations at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, who received 1,508 votes.

Baese received 2,384 votes (66.4 percent) to beat Ellie Andrew, a homemaker and a Baca Center volunteer, who received 1,206 votes.

— Mike Parker, Round Rock Leader

GEORGETOWN

Eby wins District 1 seat on council

Anna Eby finished ahead of Mary Calixtro in the race for the District 1 seat on the Georgetown City Council.

Unofficial final voting results show Eby finishing with 137 votes (52.5 percent) while Calixtro received 119 votes.

— Ariana Garcia, Pflugerville Pflag

HUTTO SCHOOLS

Challenger wins school board seat

Unofficial final results showed challenger Edgar Padilla won a seat on the Hutto school board with 286 votes, or 37 percent of the ballots cast.

Incumbent Phillip Boutwell will keep his seat on the board after narrowly defeating fellow incumbent Byron McDaniel by six votes. Boutwell garnered 249 votes (32 percent), and McDaniel received 243.

The top two vote-getters won the at-large seats.

— Melissa B. Taboada, American-Statesman

HAYS COUNTY

WIMBERLEY

Jaggers defeats Thurber in race for mayor

Newcomer Susan Jaggers will be Wimberley’s next mayor after defeating City Council member and former mayor Steve Thurber by 30 votes, according to unofficial final results released by the city.

Jaggers won with 51 percent of the vote, tallying 544 votes. Thurber, who has held his Place 1 council seat since 2017 and served as mayor from 2014 to 2016, received 514 votes. Thurber also served on Wimberley’s city council from 2008-12.

Place Two Council Member Craig Fore narrowly beat Rebecca Minnick, receiving 556 votes (53 percent) to 493 (47 percent) for Minnick.

Place 4 Council Member Gary Barchfeld defeated Christine Byrne by a hair, pulling 52 percent of the vote. He totaled 545 votes to 506 for Byrne.

Patricia Cantu Kelly, who ran for the Place 5 seat, defeated incumbent Place 5 Council Member Roberta Holland, receiving 54 percent of the vote. Kelly totaled 569 votes to Holland’s 476.

— Taylor Goldenstein, American-Statesman

WIMBERLEY SCHOOLS

Wimberley school district’s $45.5M bond passes

Voters passed a $45.5 million bond proposition to expand and improve Wimberley school district facilities, according to unofficial election results.

Sixty seven percent, or 1,689 voters, were in favor of the bond, while 33 percent, or 831, were against.

School district officials have said the bond project will fund construction of a new primary school and a district agricultural barn as well as improvements to Danforth Junior High and renovations to Scudder Primary School.

— Taylor Goldenstein, American-Statesman

SAN MARCOS

Halsey, McGlothlin win school board seats

Incumbent candidates Anne Halsey and John McGlothlin won the two at-large trustee positions on the San Marcos consolidated school district board, according to unofficial election results.

Incumbent Halsey earned 1,067 votes (47.2 percent) and McGlothlin received 968 votes. James McCutcheon trailed, winning 10.1 percent of the vote.

— Nancy Flores, American-Statesman

HAYS SCHOOLS

McManus, Sánchez win seats on school board

Unofficial election night results showed Will McManus, 48, vice president of Dynamic Systems, Inc., clinching the at-large trustee seat for the Hays school district, winning 58.2 percent of the vote.

Michelle Cohen, a systems analyst with the state comptroller’s office, received 288 votes (22.3 percent), and Susan Gray, a former special education teacher and director, picked up 251 votes.

Michael Sánchez, a professor of political science at San Antonio College, unseated incumbent Bert A. Bronaugh Jr., winning the District 3 seat with 78 votes, 43.3 percent of the total vote.

Fifty four votes were cast for Bronaugh Jr., and Valerie Hopkins, a transportation director for the Manor school district, received 41.

— Nancy Flores, American-Statesman

BASTROP COUNTY

BASTROP

Rogers wins seat on council

Drusilla Rogers defeated Victor Gonzalez for the open Place 2 seat on the Bastrop City Council, according to unofficial election results.

Rogers received 377 votes (59 percent) compared to Gonzalez’s 262 votes.

Rogers, a business owner, and Gonzalez, an attorney, were battling for the council seat being vacated by Gary Schiff, who decided not to seek re-election after one term in office.

Rogers was buoyed by an advantage in early voting, having received 61 percent of the votes cast between April 23 and May 1.

— Andy Sevilla, Bastrop Advertiser



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