The Pflugerville ISD board of trustees welcomed the newest member on its dais as David Aguirre began serving May 20, fresh off his tightly contested election campaign.

Aguirre was sworn in during a brief ceremony before the board of trustees’ regularly scheduled meeting May 20.

The May 20 meeting was the first time the PfISD board of trustees has met since it officially canvassed the results of the May 1 local elections. Those certified votes found Aguirre narrowly won over opponent Marc Garcia.

Across both Travis and Williamson counties, Aguirre collected 2,968 total votes while Garcia collected 2,965 total votes. Garcia had until the end of the day May 13 to file a petition for a recount with Travis and Williamson county election officials, but Garcia told Community Impact Newspaper on May 14 that he declined to file for a recount.

"It was a unique and historic election, and we thank everyone who participated," said Vernagene Mott, who serves on the PfISD board of trustees.

Aguirre, a retired store director for Target, replaced the outgoing Mary Kimmins on the PfISD board of trustees.

Kimmins had served as a trustee since winning election to the board in 2015. The former principal and educator first began working at PfISD in 1983, according to her biography on the PfISD website.

Trustee Tony Hanson was also sworn in on May 20 after winning an uncontested reelection campaign. Hanson has served on the board since 2017.

After swearing in the trustees to their new terms, the board elected its new officers. Trustee Renae Mitchell was elected president of the board by the other board members. Mitchell replaces Mott in this role on the board.

Hanson was elected vice president of the board and trustee Brian Allen was elected secretary of the board.