The district was notified in early August that Eager’s opponent, Bridgett Hudson, had dropped out of the race for At-Large Place 6—a move which effectively upended the last contested race on the ballot.
By way of a March proclamation, Gov. Greg Abbott “strongly encouraged” local governments to postpone their May elections to Nov. 3, which trustees voted to do later that month. Outgoing At-Large Place 6 trustee Justin Bono said he would remain in the seat until it was filled.
The District 3 seat was also set to appear on the November ballot. Trustees voted in May to fast-track the installation of Debbie Rentería, who was running unopposed, after former trustee Kristin Kuhne’s term expired. Unlike Bono, Kuhne was no longer eligible to hold the position because she does not reside within District 3 boundaries.
Though she voted to cancel the election, Rentería expressed concerns about the decision due to a 2018 lawsuit that accused the district of Voting Rights Act violations.
“The whole process of democracy, having a voice, especially after the lawsuit, it is about honoring the process,” she said.
Eager is set to be sworn in at the Sept. 8 board meeting.