May 2022 Voter guide: what to know about candidates running for Pflugerville ISD, Place 5

Within the race for Pflugerville ISD, Place 5, there are two candidates. Incumbent Brian Allen is running against challenger Alissa Molina. (Courtesy Unsplash)
Within the race for Pflugerville ISD, Place 5, there are two candidates. Incumbent Brian Allen is running against challenger Alissa Molina. (Courtesy Unsplash)

Within the race for Pflugerville ISD, Place 5, there are two candidates. Incumbent Brian Allen is running against challenger Alissa Molina. (Courtesy Unsplash)



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 5, there are two candidates. Incumbent Brian Allen is running against challenger Alissa Molina.

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







Brian Allen



Experience: 25-plus years of teaching, coaching, and mentoring; school board secretary; serve on the finance, policy, and safety & security committees; board member of the Pflugerville Education Foundation; former instructor for leadership academies which include law enforcement agencies


Occupation: Human resources director


Contact_info: email: [email protected]





What will be your top priorities if you are elected?



I will focus on academic achievement, recruiting and retaining highly-skilled and experienced educators. I will ensure every member of our district feels comfortable to teach, coach, mentor and learn. I will manage tax dollars efficiently while maintaining program quality, managing state funding and championing our district.



What uniquely qualifies you for this position?



I feel my 24 years of military experience and leadership are great contributions. My strong leadership skills have allowed me to be a part of and contribute to many significant things, not just in the district, but also in the community. I am a critical thinker who is knowledgeable in operational/short term and strategic/long term operations to make well informed decisions. I am dedicated to achieving success by communicating, collaborating, and cooperating with others. I am a team player who will always place the needs of others above my own.












Alissa Molina



Experience: Degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin; former AISD Teacher; more than 10 years working with middle and high school teens and tweens in youth ministry; more than 12 years in PFISD school communities through various roles, including PTO president at two different PFISD campuses, substitute teacher, booster club member and PFISD volunteer serving in numerous capacities.


Occupation: Writer/speaker/publisher


Contact_info: Email: [email protected]: Alissa Molina For Pflugerville Board of Trustees Place 5rnInstagram: Molinaforpfisd5





What will be your top priorities if you are elected?



I am looking forward to working in collaboration with the other trustees and the superintendent in continuing to create a robust PFISD response to the extensive learning gaps incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am interested in finding creative ways to support our incredible teachers and staff members as they work tirelessly to meet the increasing demands created not only by these learning gaps, but also by the various legislative bills, state tests, dire social-emotional needs of students and additional duties they have taken on due to the staffing shortage.



What uniquely qualifies you for this position?



My background in education, as well as my close connection to several schools in PFISD for the last decade, give me a unique understanding of the incredible demands of public education. It is not easy to try to educate everyone, but I truly believe this is what makes public education so special. We have the distinct privilege of welcoming all students of all backgrounds and abilities. In a time and climate where communities are becoming increasingly polarized and siloed, my 19 years living in Pflugerville has shown me that we are a community committed to honoring differences. I am proud that my connections and relationships span the entire district, and I believe this will help me bring folks together to work for every student and every teacher.







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.