May 2022 Voter guide: what to know about candidates running for Pflugerville ISD, Place 3

Incumbent Renae Mitchell is running against challenger Pat McCord. (Courtesy Pexels)
Incumbent Renae Mitchell is running against challenger Pat McCord. (Courtesy Pexels)

Incumbent Renae Mitchell is running against challenger Pat McCord. (Courtesy Pexels)

There are several local races occurring in Pflugerville and Hutto as part of the May 7 general election. They include races for the Hutto ISD and Pflugerville ISD boards of trustees as well as Hutto City Council.

Within the race for Pflugerville ISD, Place 3, there are two candidates. Incumbent Renae Mitchell is running against challenger Pat McCord.

The interviews in the question and answer section of this voter guide have been edited for length and clarity.

Also included in this May voter guide are important dates to know, voter turnout histories for key elections years in Travis and Williamson counties and a sample ballot of all the other candidates running in local races in Hutto and Pflugerville.

Dates to Know

April 25: First day of early voting

April 26: Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked)

May 3: Last day of early voting

May 7: Election day

May 7: Last day to receive ballot by mail (or May 9 if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at location of election)

Sample Ballot

*denotes incumbent

PfISD board of trustees, Place 3

-Renae Mitchell*

-Pat McCord

PfISD board of trustees, Place 4

-Vernagene Mott*

-Corbin Black

PfISD board of trustees, Place 5

-Brian Allen*

-Alissa Molina

Hutto mayor

-Mike Snyder*

-Mandi Villarreal Salvo

Hutto City Council, Place 3

-Ida Weaver

-Randal Clark

Hutto City Council, Place 6

-Amberley Kolar

-Nicole Calderone

Hutto ISD board of trustees

-Billie Logiudice*

-Terrence Owens*

-Ashley McCombs

-Jason McCombs

-Shannon Jacobs

-Stevie Jones

Voter Turnout

Williamson County

2012 presidential: 64.62% / 164,579 turnout / 254,688 registered voters

2014 gubernatorial: 38.31% / 104,464 turnout / 272,649 registered voters

2016 presidential: 67.10% / 205,862 turnout / 306,811 registered voters

2018 gubernatorial: 62.25% / 209,257 turnout / 336,148 registered voters

2020 presidential: 75.64% / 291,251 turnout / 385,065 registered voters

Travis County

2012 presidential: 61.66% / 391,708 turnout / 635,300 registered voters

2014 gubernatorial: 41.38% / 270,005 turnout / 652,463 registered voters

2016 presidential: 65.24% / 477,588 turnout / 732,037 registered voters

2018 gubernatorial: 61.78% / 486,616 turnout / 787,670 registered voters

2020 presidential: 71.06% / 612,696 turnout / 862,163 registered voters

Renae Mitchell

Experience: Human resources, executive coach, TEA educational trainer and coach, community leader

Occupation: Human resources director

Contact_info: email: [email protected]

What will be your top priorities if you are elected?

At PfISD, we've faced challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and performed admirably. In continuation with our efforts, my top priorities as a continuing PfISD school board member will be students’ mental health and wellness; getting our students back to school; tackling learning loss due to COVI-19 and teacher retention. I'm here to help identify available resources to assist with the needs of our students, parents, teachers, staff and the community.

What uniquely qualifies you for this position?

I am vested in the success of the district as a parent of a current PfISD student and a PfISD graduate. I have and will continue to listen to the needs of our students, parents, and the community. In addition, my passion for education, paired with my own parental life experiences in preparing students to graduate and be successful in their post-graduate goals, make me uniquely qualified to advocate on the behalf of our students and families.

Pat McCord

Experience: U.S. Navy veteran, 32 years in the semiconductor Industry as a quality manager, and executive leadership

Occupation: self employed photographer, semi-retired tech executive, technology consultant

Contact_info: Phone number: 512-922-0999rnemail: [email protected]

What will be your top priorities if you are elected?

I will focus on the classroom and ensure that all students are getting an education that will carry them to and through college or trade school. With the challenges of COVID and virtual learning, a clear evaluation needs to be a part of the determination that students are on-track and learning at the grade level expected. Additionally, the impact of staffing shortages has put tremendous pressure on teachers and support staff. Our focus in this area will be needed, as well as teacher and community input, for possible solutions.

What uniquely qualifies you for this position?

No person is uniquely qualified for this position. The range of the assignment and the responsibilities of the board are to work with the administration to study, evaluate and recommend possible directions for improvement. As a member of the board, you work as a group, pulling on unique qualities of all the members.

By Carson Ganong

Reporter, Pflugerville/Hutto

Carson became the reporter for the Pflugerville-Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper in August 2021. Before joining CI, Carson studied journalism at Texas State University, where he covered San Marcos as a reporter for Texas State's student newspaper, The University Star.

By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.