Bryant, Tenorio, Tobias take Hays CISD seats

Posted 9:34 p.m. CST

According to unofficial results, Teresa Tobias, Willie Tenorio and Sandra Bryant have won seats on the Hays CISD board of trustees.

Tobias finished the night with 68.77 percent of the vote, compared to her opponent, Jesus Espinoza, who finished with 31.23 percent.

"I'm really excited. I'm thrilled at the opportunity to serve this community and the parents who are trusting me with this," she said.

Tobias finished with 262 votes compared with Espinoza's 119 votes.

Tenorio finished with 68.73 percent of the vote to best his opponent, Miguel Zuniga, who finished with 31.27 percent. Tenorio said he was excited to get back to work; teacher salaries and increased parental involvement will be areas of focus, he said.

"I'm excited to win my re-election," he said. "I'm excited to get back to work. We need to improve our teacher pay. That's a big priority. I want to do as much as we can to make sure that teachers get adequately paid so we can attract the best teachers here."

Tenorio finished with 233 votes compared to Zuniga's 106 votes.

Bryant defeated challengers Will McManus and Letty Vasquez-Jones with 48.44 percent of the vote. McManus received 42.36 percent, and Vasquez-Jones finished the night with 9.2 percent.

Bryant, who received 995 votes, said she is looking forward to addressing the district's student-teacher ratio, teacher pay and bullying within the district.

"We fought very hard, and I'm very blessed to be back and serving on the board," she said.

McManus and Vasquez-Jones received 870 votes and 189 votes, respectively.

"Anybody who competes in anything is disappointed when they don't win," McManus said. "We'll stay involved with the district. ... But there were some wonderful people who helped me along the way, and I met some new friends."

This election marks the second time members of the Tobias and Tenorio families have served on the district's board of trustees concurrently. In the 1980s, Rosalio Tobias, Teresa's mother-in-law, and Abel Tenorio, Willie's cousin, served on the board.

"It's really interesting to see this happen again, and hopefully we'll do as much good work [as] when they were both on the board," Tobias said.

Each will serve a three-year term on the board.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 7:48 p.m. CST

According to unofficial results, Teresa Tobias, Willie Tenorio and Sandra Bryant are leading in the races for seats 1 and 2 and an at-large position on the Hays CISD board of trustees.

Tobias has taken 67.58 percent of the vote compared with Jesus Espinoza's 32.42 percent. Tenorio has received 68.11 percent of the vote compared with challenger Miguel Zuniga's 31.89 percent.

Sandra Bryant has taken 48.2 percent of the votes to lead Letty Vasquez-Jones and Will McManus, who have received 10.8 percent and 41 percent, respectively, so far.

Tobias has received 173 votes from District 1 voters thus far, and Espinoza has received 83 votes so far.

"However way the election goes, it's in God's hands," Espinoza said. "I think I would make a great school board member, and I think Teresa Tobias would also make a great school board member. I know her and I know her family."

Tenorio, who currently serves as board president, has received 126 votes so far. Tenorio has served on the board of trustees since 2009, and he said he is pleased with the work the board has done. Tenorio said he put emphasis on block-walking during his campaign, and he has seen the strategy pay off.

"I had a lot of good feedback when I walked blocks all through the campaign," he said. "A lot of people were very engaged and had a lot of questions about the future of the district and what we're doing to improve test scores. So I answered those questions on the campaign trail. ...I think it's paying off."

Zuniga has received 59 votes so far.

Bryant has won 589 votes so far in the race for the at-large seat on the board of trustees. Bryant's husband, Ray, who recently completed a term on Kyle City Council, said his wife was eager for the final results to come in.

"We don't take anything for granted," he said. "We're waiting for the final results. We'll see what the people want."

McManus, who has secured 501 early votes, said he has seen more citizen involvement in this election than in years past.

"Sandra and Letty and I have worked hard, and it's close," he said. "I think it's close enough to where today's vote matters a lot."

Vasquez-Jones has received 132 early votes so far, and she said she has been encouraged by the fact that there were three people vying for the at-large seat.

"If we can get more people involved in education, that's exciting for me," she said. "Education is key. We have to get young people prepared for their future."

By Brett Thorne
Brett Thorne reported on education, business, economic development and city government in San Marcos, Kyle and Buda from 2012 to 2017. Thorne attended Texas State University in San Marcos, where he graduated in 2010. He joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2012 and was promoted to editor in 2013.


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