Veteran Leander ISD trustees Waggoner, Barber-Jordan will not run for re-election

At-large seats currently occupied by Jim Mackay (left), Place 5; Pam Waggoner (second from right), Place 3; and Grace Barber-Jordan (right), Place 4, will be on the Nov. 3 ballot. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
At-large seats currently occupied by Jim Mackay (left), Place 5; Pam Waggoner (second from right), Place 3; and Grace Barber-Jordan (right), Place 4, will be on the Nov. 3 ballot. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

At-large seats currently occupied by Jim Mackay (left), Place 5; Pam Waggoner (second from right), Place 3; and Grace Barber-Jordan (right), Place 4, will be on the Nov. 3 ballot. (Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

Note: This story has been updated to show that Grace Barber-Jordan will not run for reelection.


Pam Waggoner and Grace Barber-Jordan—the two most experienced Leander ISD trustees on the seven-member board—will not run for re-election in the Nov. 3 election.


Waggoner’s at-large Place 3 seat will be on the Nov. 3 ballot, as will the Place 4 seat, held by Barber-Jordan, and the Place 5 seat, held by Jim MacKay.

After hinting at previous meetings that she would not run again, both made it official during July trustees meetings. Waggoner announced her plans at the trustees’ July 16 meeting. She gave a simple reason.

“I said four years ago when I ran that I would not run again,” she said.


At the July 23 meeting, Barber-Jordan said she would not run again, but did not cite a reason.


MacKay has said he plans to run for reelection.

Waggoner first served on the board from 2002-08. She returned to the board in 2010, serving as president from 2012-15 and 2017-18 and vice president from 2015-17.

Currently serving her sixth term on the board, Barber-Jordan was first elected in 2001. She has served as president, vice president and secretary, a title she currently holds.


LISD trustees are elected to four-year terms. The nonpartisan, at-large elections are held in even-numbered years. Places 1, 2, 6 and 7 will be up for election in 2022.


By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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