Races called: Scherer, McFarland and Hirt elected to Georgetown ISD school board

There are three races for Georgetown ISD in the May 7 election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
There are three races for Georgetown ISD in the May 7 election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

There are three races for Georgetown ISD in the May 7 election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

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There are three races for Georgetown ISD in the May 7 election. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that school board candidates needed a plurality, not a majority to win election.

Updated May 7, 9:30 p.m.

With all precincts reporting, James Scherer, Elizabeth McFarland and Cody Hirt have secured the polls.

Scherer won with 4,594 votes, or 46.1%. Lashley accumulated 4,444, or 44.6%. Flachs accounted for 928 votes, or 9.31%

McFarland led with 5,660 votes, or 56.55%. Allen Brown earned 4,349 votes, or 43.45%.


Hirt earned 4,995 votes, or 49.4%. Tania Easton secured 4,591 votes, or 45.41%. Eric Marin earned 525 votes, or 5.19%.

"James Scherer, Elizabeth McFarland, and I will have the privilege of serving the students, staff, and families of GISD," Hirt said. "I'm so grateful for the residents of Georgetown, and especially for my wonderful family, who stood by me through this exciting and challenging campaign."

Georgetown ISD candidates are elected by a plurality, meaning the candidate with the highest percentage of votes wins. A runoff will not be issued.

"I am excited to continue working alongside the wonderful leaders we have in Georgetown ISD, and I look forward to building a strong team with the two newest Trustees," McFarland said.

Updated May 7, 8:49 p.m. This post has been updated to reflect the latest information.

With 8 out of 27 voting precincts reporting, James Scherer, Elizabeth McFarland and Cody Hirt are still in the lead. Scherer leads with 3,873 votes, or 45.77%. Less than 40 votes behind, Lashley has accumulated 3,838, or 45.36%. McFarland remains in the lead with 4,780 votes, or 56.26%. Allen Brown has earned 3,716 votes, or 43.74%. Hirt has earned 4,187 votes, or 48.82%. Tania Easton has 3,954 votes, or 46.11%. Eric Marin earned 435 votes, or 5.35%.

Georgetown ISD residents took to the polls to vote on three school board seats during the May 7 election. Out of all the races, only one incumbent is running.

As of May 7, 7:07 p.m., candidate James Scherer has taken the lead for Place 1 with 3,616 votes, or 46.16%. Not too far behind, Eric Lashley has earned 3,490 votes, or 44.81%. Candidate Brian Flachs has earned 683 votes, or 8.77%. Incumbent Elizabeth McFarland is in the lead for Place 2 of GISD’s board of trustees, according to early voting results from Williamson County. McFarland, who has served on the board since 2019, has accumulated 4,445 votes, or 56.86%. Her opponent, Allen Brown, has earned 3,373 votes, or 43.14%. Place 3 candidate Cody Hirt has earned 3,910 votes, or 49.62%. Trailing close behind, Tania Easton has earned 3,579 votes, or 45.42%. Candidate Eric Marin has accumulated 391 votes, or 4.96%. School board members are elected to three-year terms and represent the entire district. Total ballots from May 7 have yet to be released, and results are unofficial until canvassed. Read more election coverage here.
By Hunter Terrell

Reporter, Georgetown

Hunter Terrell became the reporter for the Georgetown edition in January 2021. After graduating from Valdosta State University in 2018, she started her career as a reporter for the Rockdale Citizen in Conyers, Georgia. In 2021, she became a copyeditor for the Marietta Daily Journal. She also had a part-time job in social media and sales at Alexis Suitcase in Atlanta.