Follow Election Day live: Early Hays County voting results are in

 

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9:05 p.m. update: Some local history was made tonight, as Bastrop has chosen its first ever woman to be mayor.

In unofficial results, Connie Schroeder will be the city’s next mayor. As the Bastrop Advertiser’s Andy Sevilla reports, Schroeder is a political newcomer who for the past six years has served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

Schroeder said she is “thrilled and honored” to be Bastrop’s next mayor.

Schroeder

The Advertiser’s Mary Huber snapped a photo of Schroeder chatting with voters earlier Saturday.

8:50 p.m. update: It took a bit, but we got some Hays County results.

In the second largest bond issue of the night, a $250 million pair of bond propositions for the Hays consolidated school district, voters in favor of the bonds are ahead of “against” votes. In the district’s school board races Vanessa V. Petrea is ahead of two candiates for at-large trustee with 40.6 percent of the vote. District 1 incumbent Teresa Tobias leads with 57.14 percent of the vote over two other candidates.

In San Marcos, about 78 percent of voters so far are supporting a $107 million bond package for a new elementary school, renovations and other projects. Incumbent Miguel Arredondo leads the District 1 race school board race with 65.63 percent of the vote. In District 2, incumbent Margie T. Villalpando leads with 55.34 percent of the vote. Less than 5 points separate District 3 incumbent Lupe Costilla (52.42 percent) and Texas State graduate student Mariana Zamora (47.59 percent).

Out near Dripping Springs, residents serviced by Hays County Emergency Services District No. 6 are heavily favoring a quarter-cent hike to the sales tax to build a fire station and buy other equipment. Seventy-two percent of voters have cast ballots in favor of the tax increase.

Meanwhile:

8:20 p.m. update: If there ever was a race to see which election results would go final first tonight (and boy how journalists wish this were real) Bastrop County’s Smithville would have just won.

As the “Always Dreaming” of the night, Smithville’s residence now know that they will see no change to the city’s council and the school district’s board of trustees, as residents voted to re-elect all incumbents.

Meanwhile, we’ve got an Austin City Council Member sighting! Council Member Jimmy Flannigan snapped a tweeted a pair of photos with Cedar Park City Council candidates Heather Jefts and Anne Duffy.

8 p.m. update: It’s been an hour since polls have closed. Let’s have a look at what on how things are shaping up in Williamson County.

In Georgetown, incumbent Mayor Dale Ross has a strong lead against his opponent Sherwin Kahn in the race for mayor with 74 percent of the vote. Another incumbent, Council Member Rachael Jonrowe also has a large lead against challenger Lawrence Romero in the race for District 6. The District 2 race between two newcomers, Valerie Nicholson and David Sray is much closer.

Heading south on Interstate 35, in what is perhaps the most closely watched election of the night, votes in favor of a trio of bond proposals totaling $572 million continue to trail votes against. Round Rock Mayor Pro Tem Craig Morgan is leading in the mayoral race ahead of two other opponents, one of which is a senior at Cedar Ridge High School.

Real estate broker Tammy Young leads the City Council Place 1 race and Incumbent Will Peckham leads in the Place 4 race.

Heading east on U.S. 79 to Hutto, voters so far are favoring Fort Hood firefighter Scott Rose over opponents Dana Wilcott and Steven Harris for Hutto City Council seat in place 1.

And just a bit further east on U.S. 79 in Taylor, Dwayne Ariola was leading against his opponent Gary Gola in the race for the Taylor City Council at-large position being vacated by Taylor Mayor Jesse Ancira Jr.

7:37 p.m. update: Hey hey, Bastrop County results are on the way.

A planning and zoning commissioner is winning so far against a city council member in the race for Bastrop’s mayor while a local business owner is ahead of two other candidates for a seat on the city council.

Meanwhile, in a Bastrop school board race an incumbent has a healthy lead:

Incumbents in a Smithville school board race so far also have the advantage.

7:15 p.m. update: Polls have closed and our first results are in.

Votes in favor of $572 million in bonds for the Round Rock school district are trailing no votes in all three propositions. Round Rock voters in Travis County showed to be voting against the bonds at a greater rate than those in Williamson County.

So far, both of incumbents in the races for the Cedar Park City Council are trailing their opponents.

Meanwhile in Lakeway, incumbent candidates Ron Massa and Bridge Bertram have a slight lead over candidate Tiffany McMillan.

And in Bee Cave:

Incumbent Larry Bradley and agency ombudsman Tony Hanson are leading in their respective races for seats on the Pflugerville school district board of trustees, according to the Round Rock Leader’s Mike Parker.

Earlier: Hi there! Welcome to the Austin American-Statesman’s live blog of today’s local election results in Travis County and other parts of Central Texas.

Throughout the night, we’ll be updating this feed with the latest news as results roll in. Check back in here for updates on what early results are telling us and some sights and sounds from the field. Though no political offices in Austin are up for election, there are numerous amounts of seats across the Austin metropolitan area that will be decided by the tally of votes.

Races include elections for city council seats in Bastrop, Bee Cave, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto, Lakeway, Martindale, Round Rock, Taylor, West Lake Hills. Several propositions are also on ballots, including a tax increase and bond election in San Marcos and a municipal bond in Lakeway for new city facilities.

The big kahuna is a combination of bond propositions for the Round Rock school district totaling $572 million. Outspoken former Austin city council member Don Zimmerman has gotten involved in that race as a leader in a group opposed to the bond.

Check back for results as they come in and updates from our reporters covering these elections. Polls close at 7 p.m., and we expect the first round of results to come in shorty after.

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