DATA: Georgetown, Georgetown ISD, Williamson County representative bodies do not reflect population

Community Impact Newspaper looked into Georgetown, Georgetown ISD and Williamson County elected officials' races and compared that information to the race breakdowns of those areas' populations. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Community Impact Newspaper looked into Georgetown, Georgetown ISD and Williamson County elected officials' races and compared that information to the race breakdowns of those areas' populations. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Community Impact Newspaper looked into Georgetown, Georgetown ISD and Williamson County elected officials' races and compared that information to the race breakdowns of those areas' populations. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

As the country grapples with institutionalized racism against people of color and with police brutality against black individuals, Community Impact Newspaper looked into Georgetown, Georgetown ISD and Williamson County elected officials' races and compared that information to the race breakdowns of those areas' populations.

The data was provided by U.S. Census Bureau as well as elected officials self-identifying as a person of color or not.

Below are our findings.

City of Georgetown

The Georgetown City Council has eight seats including the mayor. Of those, two identify as people of color—District 1 Council Member Mary Calixtro and District 7 Council Member Tommy Gonzalez. The remaining five are Mayor Dale Ross, District 3 Council Member Mike Triggs, District 4 Council Member Steve Fought, District 5 Council Member Kevin Pitts and District 6 Council Member Rachael Jonrowe.


Former District 2 Council Member Valerie Nicholson resigned May 31 as her family moved out of the district she represented. She identifies as white.

According to U.S. Census Bureau July 1, 2019 data, Georgetown had a population of 79,604, 72.3% of the members of which identify as white. Council, however, has 75% of its seats filled by white representatives, including Nicholson, data shows. Black, Asian, Indian American and Native Hawaiian peoples account for 5.5% of the Georgetown population and none of the presentation, data shows.

Here is a breakdown of the city population by race.



Georgetown ISD

The Georgetown ISD board of trustees are made up of seven elected representatives.

Of the seven, only one identifies as a person of color: Place 6 trustee Marcos Gonzalez, who, by himself, accounts for 14.28% of the representative body.

The remaining 85.71% of board trustees are white, data shows. Those trustees are Scott Stribling, Elizabeth McFarland, Andy Webb, Davis Phillips, Melanie Dunham and Ben Stewart.

However, demographic numbers provided by the National Center for Education Statistics find that only 71% of the student population identifies as white. Hispanic and Latino students account for 44% of the district’s population, and black students account for 4%, data shows.

The district’s total zone population is 83,978, 12,160 of whom are GISD students, data shows.

Here is a breakdown of the district population by race.



Williamson County

The Williamson County Commissioners Court has four commissioners and one judge, all of whom identify as white.

The county's population, however, is only 58.6% white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, followed by 24.8% Hispanic or Latino, 7.7% Asian and 7.2% black, the data said.

The county representatives are County Judge Bill Gravell and Commissioners Terry Cook, Cynthia Long, Valerie Covey and Russ Boles.

The county’s total population is 590,551.

Here is a breakdown of the county population by race.
By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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