May 10, 2022

 

 

GISD Board of Trustees

final voting results

 
Percent
Votes
Place 1
Brian Flach
9.31%
928
James Scherer
46.10%
4,594
Eric Lashley
44.59%
4,444
Place 2
Allen Brown
43.45%
4,349

Elizabeth McFarland

56.55%
5,660
Place 3
Tanya Easton 45.41% 4,591
Cody Hirt
49.40%
4,995
Eric Marin
5.19%
525

 

Source: wilco.org

Scherer, Hirt McFarland win close races

 

By KATHERINE ANTHONY

A close race for Georgetown school board ended with victory going to James Scherer, Elizabeth McFarland and Cody Hirt for Places 1, 2, and 3, respectively. The election was held Saturday.

Ms. McFarland was the only incumbent candidate and is the current president of the school board.

Defeated candidates were Place 1 — Eric Lashley and Brian Flachs; Place 2 — Allen Brown; and Place 3 — Tanya Easton and Eric Marin.

“I’m overwhelmed by your support, Georgetown! I’m so incredibly excited to begin my role as a school board trustee,” Place 3 winner Cody Hirt said in a social media post.

On election night, Place 1 defeated candidate Eric Lashley said he wished the winners success and thanked his supporters and fellow candidates. 

“My service is not going to be over,” he said, noting “the future is going to be daunting.” 

Although local school board races are traditionally nonpartisan, the three victors held similar values. As the race advanced through the spring, the three were linked together at campaigning events, and many local groups endorsed them as a trio.

Citizen-produced fliers were also circulated in Georgetown neighborhoods — primarily in Sun City, traditionally a high voter-turnout community — to support the group, saying “GISD’s conservative majority is on the line.”

“12,000 future adults — don’t let them be indoctrinated,” one flier said. “We’ve all seen liberal school boards push leftist ideology.” 

Similarly, Mr.Lashley, Mr. Brown and Ms. Easton were matched together by others. 

Although none of the candidates garnered more than 50 percent of the vote, a run-off will not be required, according to GISD’s board policy.

Election results will not be official until the election is canvassed by the GISD board no later than May 18, a date set by state law. The board’s next meeting is set for May 16.