Chadwell, Law secure seats on Round Rock ISD board

Updated Nov. 7, 9:55 a.m. CST

Final unofficial results show Charles "Chad" Chadwell has been re-elected to Place 2 on the Round Rock ISD board and newcomer Pauline Law won the Place 7 seat.

Law maintained an early lead over incumbent Eric Pav and received 32,721 votes to Pav's 18,052 votes. Chadwell received 28,431 votes to his oppenent Tere McCann's 22,892 votes.

The day after the election, Law said she is humbled and honored that the voters elected her to the board.

"A win of this magnitude sends the message that the community wants to get back to the basics," she said.

She spent the evening the family, friends and supports at home because she wanted to be around people who had supported her and helped her through her campaign.

"It was an amazing journey, and I am extremely proud of the fact I was able to rise above despite all of the things that were going on," Law said.

Law said she plans to maintain her website, www.lawforrrisd.com and Twitter page so that residents have a direct connection to her and can find out information about the district.

Law said she would like to thank all of her supporters, volunteers and campaign team.

"We all put in countless hours with one goal in mind, and we did it," she said.

Updated 11:45 p.m. CST

Unofficial election results in Travis and Williamson counties indicate that Charles "Chad" Chadwell will likely be re-elected to the Round Rock ISD board, with Pauline Law likely to take the Place 7 seat.

Chadwell had secured 26,137 votes to his opponent's 21,096 votes, with 56 percent of Williamson County precincts and Travis County reporting. Chadwell said he is glad to hear that his lead is still strong.

"I am looking forward to serving another term and helping the Round Rock school district grow," he said.

McCann said he wishes his opponent the best.

"I congratulate him on winning the race and wish him all the best," he said.

In the Place 7 race, Law has 30,146 votes to Eric Pav's 16,621 votes. Pav declined to comment earlier in the evening, and Law has not returned phone calls.

Updated 10:29 p.m. CST

One-third of Williamson County precincts are now reporting results in the Round Rock ISD race for Place 2 and 7, and election totals for both Williamson and Travis counties indicate Charles "Chad" Chadwell and Pauline Law are maintaining the leads, respectively.

In the Place 2 race, Chadwell has received 22,778 votes to his opponent Tere McCann's 18,593 votes.

Over in Place 7, Law's 26,397 votes is far ahead of Eric Pav's 14,619 votes.

Updated 10:08 p.m. CST

Supporters for Eric Pav displayed shock as his opponent Pauline Law took a large early for the Place 7 seat on the Round Rock ISD board.

"The mood is more floored, flabbergasted, stunned," said Pat Abbott, a former Round Rock board member and Pav's campaign treasurer.

At an election party at Morelia Mexican Grill on Parmer Lane, Pav showed up around 8:30 p.m. but said he was not up to discuss the election.

Abbott said he believes Pav was the most qualified candidate and has been actively involved in numerous committees in the district and attending board meetings. He said Law does not have enough experience for the position.

"It took the legacy of all the trustees who came before a step back," Abbott said. "It's unconscionable."

He said that if Law wins the Place 7 seat, the district likely will suffer.

"The current sitting board will really have to be cohesive to move the district in the way it's been in the past 50 years," he said.

In the race for Place 2, incumbent Charles "Chad" Chadwell, who also was at Morelia mingling with friends and supports, said he was surprised with the early results for Place 7 but is confident he can hold on to the lead in his own race.

"I'm very optimistic," he said. "I hope that today's numbers follow the same trend."

His opponent Tere McCann said it has been an interesting race.

"I am a numbers guy. Obviously I would have to have a radical change [in votes]," he said.

Posted 7:33 p.m. CST

Early voting results indicate incumbent Charles "Chad" Chadwell and candidate Pauline Law have an early lead in the Round Rock ISD race for Place 2 and Place 7 seats, respectively.

Early voting results from Travis and Williamson counties, released at 7 p.m., show Chadwell with 17,206 votes to opponent Tere McCann's 14,007 votes.

In the Place 7 race, Law has 20,105 votes to opponent Eric Pav's 10,832 votes.

Chadwell and Pav are watching the results at Morelia Mexcican Grill on Parmer Lane while Law and McCann are spending time with family and close friends. McCann said he might show up to the Williamson County Republican Party's watch party at the Wingate by Wyndham & Conference Center in Round Rock later in the evening.

The four candidates are running for two seats on the board of trustees. Board members serve four-year terms, and seats are at-large.

Chadwell is a 25-year resident of Round Rock and works in the software and semiconductor industries. He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology from Clemson University and later attended The University of Texas where he earned a master's degree in technology commercialization.

He was first elected to the board of trustees in 2008, has served on the Citizens Bond Committee and was president of the Round Rock High School PTA. Chadwell has also been a member of the Williamson Central Appraisal District and the Board of Friends of Texas Public Schools.

On the campaign for re-election, he said he received support from many community members and parents.

"They like what's going on in the district," he said. "The district is running well, and we have great financial reports."

McCann is the chief financial officer for Fringe Benefit Group. McCann grew up in Round Rock ISD, first attending Pond Springs Elementary School and graduating from Westwood High School before attending UT, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration.

McCann is also a certified public accountant with experience working in a large accounting firm. He has said he believes his values would represent the conservative values of Round Rock.

He visited early voting sites and met with district residents; McCann said the response was positive and that many are concerned about standards-based testing as well as the district's finances.

"There are plenty of conservatives; they're mindful of their tax dollars," he said.

Place 7 trustee Bobby Seiferman decided not to run for re-election, and candidates Law and Pav sought election to that seat.

Law has more than 16 years of experience in managing integration and development projects with a background as an information technology analyst and project manager. Before her business career, Law studied education and taught in the classroom.

In an email, Law's campaign manager, Shannon Way, said Law has been busy with making time daily to get out and meet with constituents. She said Law has attended four community forums and spoken to a number of organizations, including homeowners associations and clubs. Way said Law has been walking through different neighborhoods and visiting polling locations.

"I am very proud of Pauline's dedication and commitment to the children and community she will serve, and applaud her hard work through this campaign," Way said.

Pav, a 20-year Round Rock resident, is a test engineering director for Dell Inc. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Penn State University and is also active in the Boy Scouts of America. He has served on the Behrens Ranch Master Association and Resident Advisory Committee.

In the district, Pav has volunteered on numerous committees, including the Bond Oversight Committee, Citizens Boundary Committee and School Naming Committee.

Pav said he has hosted meet-and-greet events, and has attended as many district board meetings and functions as possible to stay informed.

"For me, it's all about communicating what I've done and my qualifications," he said.

By Amy Denney

Managing Editor, Austin metro

Amy has worked for Community Impact Newspaper since September 2010, serving as reporter and senior editor for the Northwest Austin edition as well as covering transportation in the Austin metro. She is now managing editor for the 10 publications in the Central Texas area from Georgetown to New Braunfels. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and two cats.