Chevonne Lorigo-Johst, a business owner, won the Place 7 seat on the Pflugerville school board. She ran against Agha Ahmed, the current Place 5 trustee and an IT consultant, and Brian Allen, an HR director and business owner.
Lorigo-Johst finished with 1,558 votes while Allen received 1,024 votes and Ahmed had 592 votes.
Two candidates for two other seats did not face any challengers. Kelly Daniel, a geologist, ran unopposed for the Place 5 seat, and incumbent Jean Mayer, co-creator of Moms Talk Autism, won her Place 6 seat.
The Place 5 race was a special election for a two-year term after Alissa Molina resigned in May, two weeks after being elected to the seat. The school board appointed Allen, Molina’s opponent, to the position. Allen opted to run for the Place 7 seat this year.
Lorigo-Johst, 41, has said her goals are to find ways to improve teacher support, improve their pay, address staffing shortages, promote safety and invest in mental health professionals and services.
She has said that funding, teacher pay, retention and recruitment, equity and mental health are the biggest challenges the district is facing. The issues are due to statewide attacks on public education, Lorigo-Johst said.
In a post on campaign’s Facebook page, Lorigo-Johst thanked voters and supporters, including state representatives Sheryl Cole and James Talarico, who endorsed her. She said it was “time to get to work for and with the people.”
“I look forward to working together to make our district as strong and as inclusive as it can be for our children, educators, and staff,” she said.
Trustees in the Pflugerville school district, which has more than 26,000 students at 34 campuses, serve three-year terms.