UPDATE: Guy Clayton, Lauren White, Jessica Putonti win three open Lake Travis ISD board of trustees seats

One hundred percent of election day votes are in.  Results are unofficial until canvassed.

One hundred percent of election day votes are in. Results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated: 9:30 p.m.

Incumbent Guy Clayton won the Place 1 seat with 75.20% total votes against David Lovelace, who had 24.80% total votes.

Clayton said he is excited to keep serving and that he is looking forward to working with newly elected fellow trustees White and Putonti.

“There is always something going on at a big school district like Lake Travis,” he said. “It’s a good thing we have such a good team (of trustees) in place. We also have such a good senior staff at the district - they keep everything running smoothly so we can focus on the big picture.”

Clayton said as a father of two children in the district, he is “laser focused on doing what is right for the kids.”

Lauren White won the Place 2 seat with 43.66% total votes. Jan Moreland had 30.95%, Daniel E. Gonzalez had 15.82% and Adrienne Trigg had 9.57% total votes.

White said she was thankful for her team of volunteers and that she felt lucky to have so many community members and parents supporting her.

“There was involvement at a level I never expected,” she said. “I’m honored to have that support.”

White said now she’ll begin getting ready for the next school board meeting.

“I’m excited to represent everybody,” she said. “I feel like I have a big responsibility on my plate, and I’m honored to take it on.”

Jessica Putonti won the Place 3 seat with 41.39% total votes. Tritia Land had 24.40%, Donald Scott II had 12.97%, Melissa Lovelace had 12.03% and Kris Robinson had 9.21% total votes.

"I want to thank everyone for their vote and allowing me to serve the wonderful community that I live in," Putonti said. "I take this position very seriously and will give my best to serve our district, our kids and their families."

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

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Place 1

As of 7 p.m. Incumbent Guy Clayton led the race for Lake Travis ISD board of trustees Place 1.

Clayton had 76.92% percent of early votes and opponent David Lovelace had 23.08% of early votes. A Lakeway native, Clayton graduated from Lake Travis High School in 1990. He is currently completing his third term serving on the LTISD board and holds the position of secretary.

Providing students with a safe environment in which to learn is his top priority, Clayton said in a previous interview with Community Impact Newspaper. "While maintaining a fiscally conservative budget, we want to strive to maintain the highest quality academic and extracurricular programs we can all be proud of," he said.

Place 2

Lauren White led the Place 2 race with 43.06% of early votes, followed by Jan Moreland with 32.95%, Daniel E. Gonzalez with 15.32% and Adrienne Trigg with 8.66% of early votes.

White graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in elementary and special education. She taught elementary and special education for a decade, working in Washington, D.C. public schools and Austin public schools. She conducted education research as a research assistant at UT Austin and last year she worked at Serene Hills as a short term special education substitute.

She is also a reading volunteer at Serene Hills Elementary and volunteers at her daughter's preschool as a room parent and winter festival co-chair.

“I want to ensure that the Lake Travis school district carefully allocates its resources to ensure student safety, drive student learning and to support students’ mental health and wellness,” White told Community Impact Newspaper in a previous interview. “If our decisions are based on insights gained from education research and on input from teachers, parents and our community, we will be poised to provide an excellent education to all our students today and in the future.”

Place 3

Jessica Putonti led the Place 3 race with 43.18% of early votes against Tritia Land with 24.20%, Donald Scott II with 12.39%, Melissa Lovelace with 11.17% and Kris Robinson with 9.07%.

Putonti has lived in Lakeway since 2010 and is originally from the Northeast. She has been practicing law since 2003, including child protection, managing risks for corporations and premises owners, assisting with human resource issues and employment law and preparing, analyzing and litigating contracts.

She has volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem with Child Advocates and childcare with Lake Hills Church and at the Lakeway Police Foundation, the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, the Advisory Committee for the 620 Corridor, the Advisory Committee for the Justice Center and the City of Lakeway Board of Ethics.

“My priorities are school security, managing growth and connectivity,” she said in a previous interview with Community Impact Newspaper. “All of these are interrelated. It is important that all of our kids feel connected - connected to the teachers, the community and most importantly, each other. They need to know that they are being heard, that they are important and they are loved and cared about. I believe that if we can improve connectivity, the mental health issues and school security issues that are tremendous concerns right now, will lessen.”

Election canvassing moved from May 15 to May 16

The current LTISD board of trustees agreed on April 17 to reschedule the May 15 regular meeting to one day later to coincide with the May 16 canvassing date. This means the results from the May 5 election will be official a day later than originally planned.