PAC-endorsed candidates win three seats on Lake Travis school board

Incumbents John Aoueille and Kimberly Flasch, as well as newcomer Erin Archer, led the field for three seats on the Lake Travis school board in unofficial final results.

Archer received 56.5%, or 5,916 votes, to win the Place 3 seat over Laurie Higginbotham. Aoueille received 56.9%, or 5,918 votes, in the race for Place 4 ahead of Kit Crumbley. Flasch had 61.3%, or 6,330 votes, in the race for Place 5 ahead of Porter Herring.

All places represent the entire district and voters had the chance to vote for their top candidate in each place. Each will serve a three-year term.

All three winning candidates were endorsed by the Lake Travis Families PAC. Founded in November by local parents, the PAC had raised over $60,000 as of mid-April and worked to get out the vote in support of candidates in favor of keeping schools open, opposing mask and vaccine mandates and supporting parental rights in education.

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Incumbent Jessica Putonti did not run for reelection, opening this seat for a race between Archer and Higginbotham, who currently serves on the Lakeway City Council.

Archer said she initially didn’t want to run for the seat, given the political climate, but decided she could bring something of value to the table after community members approached her to enter the race. Archer has four children in the district at the elementary through high school level and co-owns several small businesses with her husband, including a mosquito pest control operation.

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