In Texas, local school board members are elected by the registered voters within specific school district boundaries. The Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) is one of approximately 1,040 public school systems in Texas and its board members are elected at-large. This means each board member, or trustee, represents the entire school district rather than single-member positions that represent a sub-portion of the district. Each trustee is elected to serve without compensation for overlapping terms of three years each.
According to the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), if a vacancy occurs on the board, the remaining trustees may 1.) fill the vacancy by appointment until the next regular trustee election, 2.) order a special election to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term; or 3.) under special circumstances, leave the position vacant until the next available election.
Candidates gain a place on the ballot by the timely filing of an application for that purpose. The designated dates for the filing of an application are published prior to an election. The application is filed at the LTISD Administration Building, 3322 Ranch Road 620 South, Austin, Texas, 78738 during normal office hours.
There is no filing fee and no compensation for the office of the School Trustee. Candidates are designated by a place on the ballot. The office sought is "School Trustee, Place ___." Any application that does not specify the Place on the Board of Trustees being sought is deemed not to be valid.
Candidate Application Forms & Reports
Candidates may pick up a packet or request one to be emailed to them from the LTISD Administration Building, 3322 Ranch Road 620 South, Austin, Texas, 78738 (512) 533-6013. The packet contains instructions, an application, and forms required for the election. The application, forms, and instructions are also available online from the Secretary of State and State Ethics Commission websites.
LTISD Board of Trustees Requirements
Requirements for candidates seeking to run for LTISD Board of Trustees are as follows, and as stated in Board Policy BBA (Legal) and Election Code 1.020, 141.001(a):
- US CITIZEN
- 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER
- RESIDED CONTINUOUSLY IN STATE OF TEXAS FOR 12 MONTHS
- RESIDED CONTINUOUSLY IN LTISD TERRITORY FOR 6 MONTHS
- REGISTERED VOTER OF TERRITORY
- NO FINAL FELONG CONVICTION
- NO FINAL JUDGEMENT INDICATING:
- TOTALLY MENTALLY INCAPACITATED
- PARTIALL MENTALLY INCAPACITATED WITHOUT RIGHT TO VOTE
Campaign Contributions & Expenditures
Before any campaign contributions can be accepted or any campaign expenditures made, the candidate must appoint a Campaign Treasurer and file that appointment at the same place as the application for a place on the ballot. If there is to be campaign financial activity prior to the first day to file the application for a place on the ballot, the Campaign Treasurer appointment must be filed prior to the application. A candidate may appoint him (her) self as its Campaign Treasurer. Reports on campaign contributions and expenditures are due at the intervals shown on the forms provided for reporting it. Reports are timely submitted if filed on or before the due date at the LTISD Administration Building. If the filing due date is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the Monday following becomes the due date.
Notice of Deadline to File Application for Place on the Ballot
Order of Election
Notice of Drawing for Place on the Ballot
On Monday, February 28, 2022, a drawing will be conducted at the LTISD Administration Building to determine the order names will appear on the official ballot. Candidates may directly participate or designate a proxy. The official conducting the drawing shall designate a proxy for all candidates not represented. The candidate's name will appear on the ballot precisely as the candidate indicated in the appropriate space on the application for a place on the ballot.
Polling Locations & Election Results
Should a single candidate for any place receive more votes than any other candidate for the same place, that candidate shall be declared the winner and will file certain sworn statements with the Secretary of State declaring the ethical conduct of the election. The successful candidate shall be duly sworn and seated on the Board of Trustees at the next regular meeting following the official canvass.
Should a single candidate for any Place not receive more votes than any other candidate for the same place, a run-off election will be conducted between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes. The official canvass will be on the Tuesday following the run-off election.
For more information on election procedures, or to obtain a candidate packet, please contact Kristine Doggett (512) 533-6013.
Internet Posting Requirements for Political Subdivisions
Mailing Address of Political Subdivision: 3322 Ranch Road 620 South, Austin TX 78738
Telephone Number: (512) 533-6013
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elected Officers of Political Subdivision:
Year Elected Officer’s Term Expires: 2022
Jessica Putonti PL3
John Aoueille PL 4
Kim Flasch PL 5
Year Elected Officer’s Term Expires: 2023
William Beard PL 6
Bob Dorsett PL 7
Year Elected Officer's Term Expires: 2024
Phillip Davis PL 1
Lauren White PL 2
Date of Next Officer Election: Saturdary, May 7, 2022
Location of Candidate Packet Pickup
LTISD Administration Building
3322 Ranch Road 620 South
Austin, TX 78738
Candidate Eligibility Requirements
Qualified voter and resident as per Election Code Section 141.001 and a completed application for a place on the ballot.
Deadline to File Candidate Application
Friday, February 18, 2022
Notice and Record of Meeting of Political Subdivision’s Governing Body (If Applicable to Political Subdivision):
The 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Education Development Center located at 607 Ranch Road 620 North, Austin, 78734 or as posted 72 hours prior to a change.