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AUSTIN, TX — Austin residents made their way to the polls on Saturday to cast their ballot in this year’s special election.
The ballot included eight propositions for Austinites to vote on. Some focused on offering rank choices in city elections, policing, the Austin Firefighters Association, creating a new council district, adopting a campaign finance form, extending the mayor’s power role and when the mayoral races should take place during an election year.
About 66,598 people voted on Election Day, according to the Travis County Clerk’s office on Saturday.
If approved, the proposed ban, which takes aim at Austin’s growing homeless population, would criminally charge and penalize individuals who camp and or solicit money in the city limits.
But the proposed ordinance that garnered the most attention from locals was Proposition B.
MORE ON THAT STORY: Austin Activists Rally In Opposition Of Prop B On Election Day
On Saturday, dozens made their way to the University of Texas Downtown Campus for the “Homes Not Handcuffs” rally to encourage residents to vote in opposition of Proposition B, which would “criminalize homelessness in Austin.”
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May 1 Election Results
The latest unofficial results as of 11 p.m.
All Travis County votes have been counted, according to the Travis County District Clerk’s office at 10:34 p.m.
Shall the City Charter be amended to give the Austin Firefighters Association, Local 975 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, the authority to require the City to participate in binding arbitration of all issues in dispute with the Association if the City and the Association reach impasse in collective bargaining in negotiations.
For — 81.17%
Against — 18.83%
Shall an ordinance be adopted that would create a criminal offense and a penalty for sitting or lying down on a public sidewalk or sleeping outdoors in and near the Downtown area and the area around the University of Texas campus; create a criminal offense and penalty for solicitation, defined as requesting money or another thing of value, at specific hours and locations or for solicitation in a public area that is deemed aggressive in manner; create a criminal offense and penalty for camping in any public area not designated by the Parks and Recreation Department.
For — 57.13%
Against — 42.87%
MORE: Austin Residents Voted For Proposition B: Election 2021 Results
Shall the City Charter be amended to allow for a Director of Police Oversight to be appointed or removed in a manner established by City Council ordinance, with duties that include the responsibility to ensure transparency and accountability as it relates to policing.
For — 63.35%
Against — 36.65%
Shall the City Charter be amended to a transition the election for mayor from gubernatorial election years to presidential election years, providing that the mayor elected in 2022 will serve a 2-year term and mayoral elections will occur on the same date as presidential elections starting in 2024.
For — 66.91%
Against — 33.09%
Shall the City Charter be amended to provide for the use of ranked choice voting in city elections, if such voting is permitted by state law.
For — 58.55%
Against — 41.45%
Shall the City Charter be amended to change the form of city government from “council-manager” to ‘strong mayor-council,’ which will eliminate the position of professional city manager and designate an elected mayor as the chief administrative and executive officer of the city with veto power over all legislation which includes the budget; and with sole authority to hire and fire most department heads and direct staff; and with no articulated or stated charter authority to require the mayor to implement Council decisions?
For — 14.09%
Against — 85.91%
Shall the City Charter be amended to provide for an additional geographic council district which will result in 11 council members elected from single member districts?
For — 43.42%
Against — 56.58%
Shall the City Charter be amended to adopt a public campaign finance program, which requires the city clerk to provide up to two $25 vouchers to every registered voter who may contribute them
to candidates for city office who meet the program requirements?
May 2021 Election Results: Williamson County
Final results are in for the May 1 election in Williamson County, with 27 of 27 polling places reporting. The majority of propositions on the ballot passed, while some incumbents in both school board and city council races were defeated.
Here are some of the highlights.
Georgetown residents were decidedly in favor of a $90 million bond for road and transportation projects. Construction on those projects will begin in the fall.
Voters in both Liberty Hill Independent School District and Jarrell Independent School District approved the districts' bond packages. Liberty Hill ISD’s bond totals nearly $500 million. Jarrell ISD asked for $113 million.
The bonds will cover the cost of expansion in the districts as enrollment goes up.
City Council Elections
Jim Penniman-Morin beat Dorian Chavez for Place 1 in Cedar Park. Claudia Chavez lost to incumbent Anne Duffy for Place 3. And Kevin Harris beat Collin Klein for Place 5.
Incumbent Georgetown City Council Member Kevin Pitts beat Jason Righteous Norwood for the District 5 seat, while Amanda Parr beat incumbent Mary Calixtro for District 1.
Incumbent Leander Mayor Troy Hill lost his reelection bid in a tight race with Christine Sederquist. Mike Sanders won Place 2 in a race against incumbent Annette Sponseller and Esmeralda Traube. Donnie Mahan pulled ahead of Nacole Thompson and Steve Hanes for the empty Place 4 seat. And Becki Ross narrowly beat incumbent Marci Cannon for Place 6.
Chris Pezold beat Kim Sanders in the Liberty Hill race for Place 1. For Place 3, incumbent Gram Lankford lost to Crystal Mancilla. Angela Jones will take the Place 5 seat from incumbent Liz Rundzieher.
Round Rock City Council incumbent Matt Baker beat Janneke Parrish to keep the Place 3 seat. And Kristin Stevens beat Tina Steiner for Place 5.
School Board Elections
Jen Mauldin beat Tim Carr in the Georgetown Independent School District Board of Trustees race. Stephen Benold will take another GISD seat, beating incumbent Ben Stewart and Jeff Siegismund.
Michael Ferguson defeated Charlene Stevens, Antonio Cañas and Steve Messana for Liberty Hill ISD’s school board. Kathy Major and Anthony Buck rejoin the LHISD board with no opponents.
And a six-way race for an LHISD seat between Cory Milam, Robert Baughn, Lockie Ealy, Jennifer Williams, Aurora Trahan and Kristi Hargrove shows Hargrove leading the pack.
All the results coming in from Williamson County are available here.
Find the results of Austin’s eight propositions here.
Election Day in Hays County: Results for San Marcos, Dripping Springs, other races
Dripping Springs school board, City Council races
San Marcos school board: six candidates, two seats
Hays school district: $238.4M bond, two seats
Hays, Uhland council seats in play
For Hays County election results and vote count totals, please visit our election results page.
Unofficial final results show that more than 8,700 residents, or 6.2% of voters, cast their vote in Hays County. A total of 141,065 residents are registered to vote, according to county data.
Check in here for the latest. San Marcos, Hays and Dripping Springs school board seats are in play, as well as Hays, Uhland and Dripping Springs city council seats. The $238.4 million Hays school bond is also on the ballot tonight.
Hays school bond
The district’s $238.4 million bond package that will help schools brace for growth received approval on three of its six propositions.
Final tallies show 59.81% of the vote was for Proposition A , 58.31% for B, and 62.68% for F, while 56.14% of the vote was against Proposition C, 55.28% against D and 52.8% against E.
Voters approved $191.5 million out of the $238.4 million bond proposal, which Tim Savoy, chief communication officer for the district, said were the most critical.
“Propositions A and B were most critical from a managing growth standpoint and F was technology to help with our technology infrastructure,” he said. “The stadiums and administration building did not pass but that is not a surprise because those types of projects are not as popular with voters as new schools and maintenance to schools, which is why the school board choose to break up the props this way.”
The bond referendum included six propositions with money to accommodate the population boom expected to resume once the coronavirus pandemic subsides: renovate and rehabilitate facilities, expand and improve athletic stadiums and facilities, streamline administrative functions, and pay for technology.
Proposition A , which totals $147.9 million, is designed to accommodate growth with several renovation and expansion projects across the district and land acquisitions, including building a new elementary school in the Sunfield subdivision in Buda.
, which totals $147.9 million, is designed to accommodate growth with several renovation and expansion projects across the district and land acquisitions, including building a new elementary school in the Sunfield subdivision in Buda. More than $41 million in facility maintenance and upgrades is allocated in Proposition B , which includes improvements to campus fire alarms and heating and air conditioning systems, and keyless entry for staffers and administrators.
, which includes improvements to campus fire alarms and heating and air conditioning systems, and keyless entry for staffers and administrators. Stadium expansions and improvements are broken up into Proposition C , at $12.7 million, and Proposition D , at $4.2 million. Proposition C would allow the district to increase stadium capacity to 4,200 seats at each campus and set a precedent for a new high school stadium.
, at $12.7 million, and , at $4.2 million. Proposition C would allow the district to increase stadium capacity to 4,200 seats at each campus and set a precedent for a new high school stadium. Proposition D allocates money for additional campus parking for the new baseball and softball complex and a new competition-size band practice area at Hays High, as well as improvements to the baseball and softball complex at Lehman High.
allocates money for additional campus parking for the new baseball and softball complex and a new competition-size band practice area at Hays High, as well as improvements to the baseball and softball complex at Lehman High. The bond package also includes $29.8 million in Proposition E to construct a larger administration building that will house all of the central office staff in one building and $2.5 million in Proposition F for technology upgrades and more mobile devices across the district.
The district’s tax rate of $1.4037 per $100 of taxable value will not increase with the bond package. However, as property values increase, so will the amount homeowners will see on their annual tax bills.
Construction projects are expected to begin in June 2021 with a three-year buildout timeline for total completion, officials said.
Hays school board
A new face joins the school board following final results Saturday.
In the District 3 race, Courtney Runkle finished ahead of Richard W. Cronshey. She received 298 votes while Cronshey got 153.
Runkle will replace outgoing Board Member Michael Sánchez, who did not file for re-election.
In the race for the at-large seat, incumbent Will McManus will serve a second term after beating out Donye Curry and Bert Aguin with 1,359 votes.
Curry and Aguin garnered 1,010 and 115 votes, respectively.
McManus, vice president for Construction Tech, said he is excited to continue to serve the community.
“It speaks to the fact that people are excited about what we are doing in our school district and they want to continue to see us do good things for our students and teachers,” McManus said. “And that is what I plan to do for the next years.”
Curry, an assistant principal at Gerdes Junior High in Luling, previously spent 12 years working for the district and said she has worked in schools as a teacher, cheer coach and administrator.
Aguin, an operations repair manager at micromobility company Superpedestrian, has said his priorities include transparency and empowering teachers.
Previous coverage:Hays school board calls for $238.4 million bond vote to meet growth needs; 2 trustee seats on ballot
Runkle, a manager at a law firm, volunteers on the district’s COVID-19 Reentry Task Force and Facilities & Bond Oversight and Rezoning committees. She also contributed to crafting the bond package, which she plans to support on all propositions.
As a trustee, she said she will prioritize improving special education, disability accommodations and appointing an advocate for students and families.
Cronshey, a retired teacher, spent 36 years in the education field, teaching in Bastrop, Caldwell and Hays counties.
He previously ran for Hays County commissioner against Mark Jones. Cronshey has served as a member of the zoning committee, bond advisory committee and GPA class ranking committee for the school district. Cronshey also was president of the Del Valle chapter of the Texas State Teachers Association and was a Scout leader in Buda.
May 1 election:What you need to know about Hays County’s school board candidates
Dripping Springs school board
Incumbents Mary Jane Hetrick and Shannon O’Connor will serve another term on the the Drippings Springs school board, along with new comer Stefani Reinold.
All three earned the most votes in the nine-person race.
According to final results, Reinold, Hetrick and O’Connor earned 2,094, 1,717 and 1,617 votes, respectively.
Thaddeus Fortenberry garnered 1,561 votes; Lynn Henson 1.055 ; Jeffrey Aylstock 1.032; Tricia Quintero 1,215; Stephanie Holtzendorf 1,175; and Kay Kizziar 234, per final results.
Aylstock, a tech engineer and consultant, said his main priority would be modifying the board’s website and conducting a fiscal audit.
Fortenberry, an engineer at Apple, said he would advocate to enforce the mask mandate and vaccination, despite wide disagreement on the issue within the community.
Henson, who has worked extensively at the University of Colorado, said that if she is elected, she would be prepared to work on the academic calendar and deliver results for the district.
Holtzendorf, who retired from Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, served on many community organization boards, she said. For more than a decade, she was a Sunday school teacher at the Dripping Springs Methodist Church.
Holtzendorf said her priority as school board trustee would be to reduce the debt the school district has accumulated and reduce the tax rate.
Kizziar is a veteran of Texas school districts, spending eight years at the Dallas school district doing accounting and financial work. She then worked as the chief financial officer for a charter school district and the Marble Falls and Dripping Springs school districts.
She said she wants to start development on a Headwaters elementary school. Kizziar also wants to use some of the infrastructure from remote learning to create a new learning environment.
Quintero chairs the Facilities and Bond Oversight Committee and is a member of the Student Health Advisory Council. If elected, she hopes to reduce the tax rate, improve the board’s communication policies, and better manage the district’s finances, according to her candidate application.
Reinold said her experience as a certified psychiatrist allowed her to help others through the mental health crisis brought on by the pandemic. She said she plans to prioritize emotional and developmental health while maintaining full transparency with school board decisions.
San Marcos school board
In San Marcos, incumbent Anne Halsey secured her third term on the school board and will serve alongside the newest member Mari Salmi.
Salmi will replace John McGlothlin, whose term ended this May.
According to final results, Halsey led the race with 1,083 votes, while Salmi led the other four candidates with 886 votes.
Sylvia DeLeon Muzzy, who is the third top candidate, earned 744 votes. Andrew Fay got 442 votes, Nicholas “Nico” Costilla has 299 votes and Roger E. Davis has 49 votes.
Halsey has served on the school board since 2015. In that time, the district has reduced property taxes by more than 15 cents per dollar, increased pay and benefits and paid down debt, she said.
Her priority would be to create summer programs for credit recovery and extracurriculars, as many students not only suffered in their academics during the pandemic, but also socially.
More:May 1 election: What you need to know about Hays County’s school board candidates
Costilla, has lived in San Marcos all his life, attending district schools and Texas State University. Now, he works at the Hays County district attorney’s office.
As a school board trustee, he wants to emphasize science and technology education, he said.
Muzzy, who has spent much of the last 43 years volunteering in the community, is the chair for the Scheib Mental Health Center and vice president of Head to Toe, a community organization that donates school supplies to children in need. She said she would want to compensate for the educational loss during the pandemic.
Salmi, served on the district’s Student Health Advisory Committee for two years and focused on mental health. She agrees with many of her other candidates that the mental health crisis needs to be addressed in the schools.
Davis and Fay did not answer American-Statesman requests for an interview.
Uhland City Council
In eastern Hays County, Mayor Victoria A. Hunter was ousted by her fellow council member Naomi Rae Schrock. Hunter obtained 3 votes, while Schrock received 25 votes, per final results.
“I’m completely overwhelmed and so excited for this new chapter,” Schrock told the American-Statesman. “I am going to push forward with everything we’ve started and start working with the city administrator and get our community going.”
Hunter, who has lived in Uhland since she was 9 years old, said hoped to seek another term as mayor and ensure that all residents in the city are taken care of. Her goal is to boost community involvement so that the city is what residents want it to be.
Schrock has served on the city council for two years. And in that time she has developed relationships and friendships with city leaders and community members, which she said has helped her understand more about what residents are looking for.
With Schrock named mayor-elect, she said her seat on the five-person council will become vacant. The council will decide how to replace her.
Dripping Springs City Council
Geoffrey Tahuahua and Sherrie Parks will represent Place 3 and 5 on the Dripping Springs City Council, following final election results on Saturday night.
Final results in the Place 3 race show Charles Busbey with 169 votes, finishing behind challenger Tahuahua, who garnered 226 votes.
For Place 5, Crow, who was elected to the council in 2017, fell behind in the vote against former Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce President Sherrie Parks 264 to 148, according to final results.
Busbey, 66, said he is ready to continue his work with the city after a four-year hiatus.
He previously worked as the city’s treasurer for about 10 years before resigning to serve in the military in 2007. After returning home from active duty, Busbey then joined the planning and zoning commission before he was elected to the City Council in 2011, serving three terms.
Tahuahua, 31, said after the years he has spent serving as the board president of ESD 1, which serves Dripping Springs, Driftwood, and Henly, it was time to bring his public policy experience closer to home.
He said he is excited to get started in Dripping Springs and plans to get straight to work.
“It is great to have the trust of the community and I’m really excited about the opportunities ahead,” Tahuahua said.
With this new role, Tahuahua will have to resign his position as ESD board president but says he has faith they will continue to do great work. He will now focus his attention on getting to know his constituents and their needs.
“Once COVID-19 starts to improve I look forward to communicating more with the community and what they want to see as we start talking about transportation and land development,” Tahuahua said. “Going out early and getting community input is something I want to focus on.”
Parks, 58, said running for the city council was another opportunity to serve her community, after she spent nine years as chamber president, and previously worked 10 years as a state legislative staffer.
“I did spend nine years with the Chamber and I worked with city on a lot of issues,” Parks said. “I plan to converse a lot with our resident because I think they want someone that is a true representative of what they are experiencing and what they want to see change and I want to follow their lead.”
More:May 1 election: What you need to know about Dripping Springs, Hays, Uhland city council candidates
Hays City Council
In northern Hays County, 29-year-old Hannah Ballou successfully edged out incumbent Terry Strawn in the race for Place 4 on the Hays City Council.
According to unofficial final results, Ballou beat out Strawn 53 to 40.
Ballou, who has lived in Hays since July 2019, said she deeply cares about the city and is passionate about fairly representing the community. Her top priority is streamlining communication so that it is consistent and transparent, she said.
“I am so happy,” Ballou said. “I’m excited to go to the May 10 meeting as a council woman and I have already started on plans to bring up on the agenda.”
She said the top complaint she’s heard from residents is the lack of transparency and communication with residents.
Ballou will propose a plan in May to broaden communication, including reviving the city’s old newsletter and using social media, like Facebook and Nextdoor, to communicate with residents.
As part of her plan she said she will also request that detailed agendas are posted so residents are aware of what is being discussed. And will call for a change on the city bulletin board so resident know when new information has been posted.
Finally, Ballou said she plans to survey each household to see their vision for the city and what they would like from the council.
“I look forward to representing everyone fairly within our city,” Ballou said.
“And I am so thankful for the support and love that I have received from my community. I am just really happy to be here.”
Strawn has served on the City Council since 2015, according to online state records. He did not answer the Stateman’s requests for an interview.