UPDATE: Pflugerville ISD race closes to difference of just 2 votes

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The Pflugerville ISD Place 1 election resulted in the two candidates being separated by two votes. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Pflugerville ISD Place 1 election resulted in the two candidates being separated by two votes. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Editor's note: This story was updated to include vote totals from Williamson County.

Update 3:55 p.m., May 3:

Unofficial election results from Williamson County have add 2 more votes to Marc Garcia's vote total, bringing him within just 2 votes of David Aguirre's lead. Only two Williamson County voters cast ballots in the Pflugerville ISD place 1 election, both of which went to Garcia.

Update 10:52 p.m., May 1:

With the Travis County Clerk's Office reporting that all precinct votes have been posted, the race between David Aguirre and Marc Garcia for the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees is separated by just four votes.

Aguirre is currently retaining the lead he built with early voting returns and has garnered 2,966 votes. Travis County is reporting Garcia has garnered 2,962 votes.

"I’m happy that the results are coming in and we had that many people turn out," Aguirre said May 1. "We’ll wait and see until [the votes are] certified and move forward from there."

All votes are unofficial until canvassed by district officials.

The race is currently too close to call in order for Community Impact Newspaper to declare a victor in the race.

Nearly 2,500 registered PfISD voters cast ballots on the May 1 election day.

"It is a really high turnout, which means a lot of people in the midst of a pandemic are really engaged in how our district is going to proceed," Garcia told Community Impact Newspaper late on May 1. "We’re tuned into the results and if they swing in our favor, I’m ready to get to work."

Update 9:58 p.m., May 1:

With the first precincts reporting vote totals from election day, David Aguirre has retained his early lead in the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees Place 1 race.

Aguirre's lead from early voting has fallen to a gap of less than 100 votes. Aguirre has garnered 2,449 votes so far, accounting for 50.77% of votes counted.

Candidate Marc Garcia has collected 2,375 votes so far.

Original post:

Election returns from early voting show that David Aguirre is currently leading for the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees place 1 race.

Aguirre earned 1,790 combined votes from the early voting period and vote by mail tallies from Travis and Williamson county voters. He leads with 52.14% of the total vote.

Challenger Marc Garcia trails with 1,643 votes from the early voting period.

Election Day tallies from both counties have not yet been returned. Community Impact Newspaper will provide continued coverage throughout the night as more precincts return election results.

Vote totals are not official until they have been certified by district officials.

Aguirre and Garcia are the only candidates in the race for place 1 on the PfISD board of trustees. Another contender, Charlie Torres, withdrew his candidacy earlier this spring.

The seat became available after sitting trustee Mary Kimmins announced in January that she would not seek re-election. Kimmins has occupied the place 1 seat on the board since 2015, according to the district’s website.

The only other PfISD race this election cycle is an uncontested race, and Tony Hanson will keep his seat on place 2 on the board of trustees dais.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.