There will be no recount in tightly contested Pflugerville ISD board election, Aguirre wins place 1 seat

Pflugerville ISD administrative building
David Aguirre has been elected to serve on the Pflugerville board of trustees. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

David Aguirre has been elected to serve on the Pflugerville board of trustees. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Candidate David Aguirre is the official winner of the May 1 election for Place 1 on the Pflugerville ISD board of trustees.

The school district officially canvassed the vote totals from Travis and Williamson counties on May 11, which found Aguirre won by fewer than a handful of votes against challenger Marc Garcia. In the end, Aguirre collected 2,968 total votes while Garcia collected 2,965 total votes.

“We realized in this election that every vote counts,” said Vernagene Mott, president of the PfISD board of trustees, on May 11 when the board canvassed the official results from the counties.

In the state of Texas, a candidate can legally call for a recount if the difference between the number of votes between the candidates is less than 10% of the number of votes received by the person elected. In this race, that would mean 10% of the 2,968 votes received by Aguirre so far. That comes to 296 votes—far more than the gap recorded between the two candidates.

Garcia had until the end of the day May 13 to file a petition for a recount with Travis and Williamson counties, but Garcia told Community Impact Newspaper he did not file for a recount.

“The reason I ran was to get to work and hit the ground running. I think even though the margins were really narrow, it was important for [Aguirre] to hit the ground running, also,” Garcia said. "I'm really proud of the campaign we ran. I wish [Aguirre] all the luck in the world."

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.


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