Update: Two Austin ISD board elections heading to December runoffs

Ofelia Maldonado Zapata leads the District 2 race, with Lynn Boswell ahead in District 5 and Leticia Moreno Caballero ahead for Place 8 after early voting. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Ofelia Maldonado Zapata leads the District 2 race, with Lynn Boswell ahead in District 5 and Leticia Moreno Caballero ahead for Place 8 after early voting. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Ofelia Maldonado Zapata leads the District 2 race, with Lynn Boswell ahead in District 5 and Leticia Moreno Caballero ahead for Place 8 after early voting. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updated: Nov. 4, 12:18 a.m.

The Austin ISD District 5 and Place 8 races will head to December runoff elections, after no candidates in either race reached 50% of votes cast in the Nov. 3 election.

In District 5, Lynn Boswell and Jennifer Littlefield will face off in December. Boswell received 38.07% of votes compared to Littlefield's 36.54%. Piper Stege Nelson came in third place in the race, with 25.4% of votes.

In Place 8, Leticia Moreno Caballero lead the pack with 45.82%, and will square off against Noelita L. Lugo, who received 29.8% of votes. Mike Herschenfeld and Jared D. Breckenridge did not earn a place in the runoff, earning 12.88% and 11.5% of votes respectively.

Results are updated as of 12:18 a.m. and are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk. Under Texas election law, the clerk accepts and counts mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 4, if they were sent from inside the U.S., or Nov. 9 if they were sent from outside the U.S.


Original post: Nov. 3, 7:50 p.m.

With four active board of trustees races in Austin ISD—including one for an at-large position representing the entire district—and no incumbents on the ballot, all AISD residents had an opportunity to vote for new district representation Nov. 3.

According to early voting results released by Travis County at 7:10 p.m., Ofelia Maldonado Zapata leads the District 2 race, with Lynn Boswell ahead in District 5 and Leticia Moreno Caballero ahead for the at-large position in Place 8.

Kevin Foster, the lone candidate on the ballot in District 3, received 23,144 early votes.

In District 2, Maldonado Zapata received 12,896 votes, or 60.43% of early votes, followed by John McKiernan-Gonzalez with 28.35% and Adolphus Anderson with 11.22% so far.

For District 5, Boswell’s 38.42% of early votes is slightly ahead of Jennifer Littlefield's 36.57% and Piper Stege Nelson's 25.01%.

Moreno Caballero leads the at-large field with 102,854, or 45.75% of early votes, followed by Noelita L. Lugo with 30.43%, Mike Herschenfeld with 12.63% and Jared D. Breckenridge, who has received 11.19% of votes.

For all Austin ISD races, candidates must receive at least 50% of votes to be selected for the board. If no candidate in a specific race surpasses 50%, the top two vote-getters will square off in a runoff election for the position.

The Travis County Clerk's Office is still counting votes from Election Day. According to the County Clerk's office, the unofficial number of early voters was 553,290, or 64.7% of the 855,175 registered voters in the county. As of 6 p.m., the clerk's office said 43,000 voters had cast ballots on Election Day.

Visit communityimpact.com/voter-guide/election-results to see results from all local elections in your community.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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