Georgetown Independent School District elections (2014)

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2014 Georgetown Independent School District Elections

General Election date:
May 10, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Georgetown Independent School District
Williamson County, Texas ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Texas
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Two seats on the Georgetown Board of Trustees were up for general election on May 10, 2014. Incumbent Fred Barhydt won re-election to the Place 4 seat without opposition. Melanie Dunham defeated fellow challenger Francis Jackson for the Place 5 seat held by Mike Hewlett, who did not file for re-election.

About the district

See also: Georgetown Independent School District, Texas
Georgetown Independent School District is located in Williamson County, Texas
Georgetown Independent School District is located in Georgetown, a city located in Williamson County, Texas. According to the United States Census Bureau, Georgetown is home to 52,303 residents.[1] Georgetown Independent School District is the 99th-largest school district in Texas, serving 10,397 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]


Georgetown outperformed the rest of Texas in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.6 percent of Georgetown residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.3 percent for Texas as a whole. The median household income in Georgetown was $62,977 compared to $51,563 for the state of Texas. The poverty rate in Georgetown was 9.1 percent compared to 17.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Georgetown (%) Texas (%)
White 86.2 70.4
Black or African American 3.7 11.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.7
Asian 1.0 3.8
Two or More Races 2.2 2.7
Hispanic or Latino 21.8 37.6

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[3]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 37.8 59.4
2008 42.7 55.7
2004 33.6 64.9
2000 27.7 67.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Georgetown Board of Trustees consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat but represents the entire district. There was no primary election and a general election took place on May 10, 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot in May 2015 and three seats will be up for election in May 2016.[5]

Candidates for the Board of Trustees submitted paperwork with the school district secretary by February 28, 2014. Each candidate must be at least 18 years old, a registered voter and a resident of the district for at least six months. Members filed two campaign finance reports with the district clerk prior to the election unless they did not receive or spend $500 during the campaign.[6]





  • Fred Barhydt Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Kansas and Florida Institute of Technology
    • Regional product line manager, Dell

  • Melanie Dunham Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, Texas A&M University
    • Editor, Austin Family Magazine
    • Copywriter, Boot Campaign
  • Francis Jackson Defeatedd
    • Retired teacher
    • Ran for Place 6 seat in 2012 and Place 1 seat in 2013

Election results

Georgetown Independent School District, Place 5 General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Dunham 75.4% 2,881
     Nonpartisan Francis Jackson 24.6% 940
Total Votes 3,821
Source: Williamson County Elections, "Final Unofficial Election Day Results Includes Early Voting ," May 10, 2014

Note: Fred Barhydt won re-election without opposition and did not appear on the ballot.


No candidate received an endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

Candidates reported a total of $2,640.00 and spent a total of $1,320.22 prior to the election, according to the district office.[7]

In the Place 4 race, candidates did not report any contributions or expenditures.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Fred Barhydt $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the Place 5 race, candidates raised a total of $2,640.00 and spent a total of $1,320.22.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Melanie Dunham $2,640.00 $1,143.86 $1,496.14
Francis Jackson $0.00 $176.36 -$176.36

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Georgetown Independent School District election in 2014:[6]

Deadline Event
January 29, 2014 First day to file paperwork for ballot placement
February 28, 2014 Last day to file paperwork for ballot placement
March 5, 2014 Last day to withdraw from ballot
April 10, 2014 Due date for first campaign finance report
April 10, 2014 Last day for voter registration with county clerk
May 1, 2014 Last day to request mailed ballot from county clerk
May 2, 2014 Due date for second campaign finance report
May 10, 2014 Election day
May 21, 2014 Final day for canvassing of votes
July 15, 2014 Last campaign finance report for election

Additional elections on the ballot

The Board of Trustees election shared the ballot with the mayoral race in Georgetown.[9]

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