FINAL: Noelita Lugo wins Austin ISD at-large seat with 52% of votes

Residents in Austin ISD voted Dec. 15 in a runoff election for the district's Place 8 seat. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Residents in Austin ISD voted Dec. 15 in a runoff election for the district's Place 8 seat. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Residents in Austin ISD voted Dec. 15 in a runoff election for the district's Place 8 seat. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updated: Dec. 16, 2:06 p.m.

Receiving 52.15% of the vote in the Dec. 15 runoff election for Austin ISD’s open at-large seat, future trustee Noelita Lugo said she is grateful for the families, community leaders and groups—including Education Austin—who supported her through the campaign.

“This win is truly a shared celebration and a shared momentary victory, because I think there obviously are so many challenges that our school district, our city and our state are going to be facing,” Lugo told Community Impact Newspaper on Dec. 16. “There's lots of work to be done, but I see this [with four new board members] as a really pivotal moment in our city and our school district’s history.”

She said that having 11 total candidates running in the general election for the four open school board positions showed a renewed energy and commitment to improving public education.

“One thing that gives me hope is we had so many people running, and that’s great,” she said. “I hope to continue to see more folks tuning into public education.”


With four new board members, Lugo said she feels like the district has an opportunity to begin addressing inequities found across AISD while supporting students and staff.

“I believe that we can strengthen our entire school district,” she said. “We can take what's working well at campuses that are strong and that have the resources needed for their students, and bring those lessons and those opportunities to other campuses and communities to really open up more doors for success for kids that have traditionally not have had that access.”

Updated: Dec. 15, 9:52 p.m.

With Travis County reporting all votes counted, Noelita Lugo has defeated Leticia Moreno Caballero for the Place 8 seat on the Austin ISD Board of Trustees. Lugo received 19,426 votes in the race, with Moreno Caballero receiving 17,824. Results are not final until canvased by AISD.



Updated: Dec. 15, 8:43 p.m.

Noelita Lugo has pulled ahead in the Austin ISD Place 8 runoff election after Travis County released its first round of Election Day results Dec. 15 at 8:36 p.m.

Lugo has received 15,368, or 51.10%, of votes counted so far, compared to Leticia Moreno Caballero's 48.90%. Original post: Dec. 15, 7:11 p.m.

Leticia Moreno Caballero has a slight lead ahead of Noelita Lugo in the runoff election to represent Austin ISD’s at-large Place 8 seat on the board of trustees, according to early voting results Dec. 15. Moreno Caballero received 14,799 early votes, or 50.24% of early votes cast, compared to Lugo’s 14,657 votes, according to the Travis County Clerk’s office.

In the Nov. 3 general election Moreno Caballero led a pack of four candidates with 45.82% of votes compared to Lugo’s 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 in the general election.

No incumbent AISD board members ran for re-election in 2020.

Election Day results will be coming in throughout the night of Dec. 15 after polls closed throughout Travis County at 7 p.m. Results are not final until canvased.
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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