A longtime Hays CISD board trustee is opting to forgo a possible third term in office.
In a statement, Holly Raymond, who serves as an at-large trustee on the board, said she will not seek reelection when her seat comes up for election in May. Raymond will continue to serve on the dais until her term ends.
Raymond, who is a 1996 graduate of Hays High, said on social media the decision to not file for reelection was “surprisingly, not a difficult one.”
She cited the need for a person that has an “extremely high bar of focus, time and energy.”
“With the ever busier life Jeff & I continue to lead with our own family, and the new role I’ve proudly taken on with Upbring to raise the standards for child welfare across the state, I know that I cannot continue to meet that bar and the high standards that I set for myself as your At-Large Trustee,” Raymond said in a statement,
Raymond was first elected in May 2012. During her tenure, she was twice elected by her colleagues as an officer on the board. Raymond was elected as vice president in 2014, and in 2016, as the youngest president of the Hays CISD Board.
She and her husband, Jeff, have three children, Madalyn, Beck, and Bristol, who are all Hays CISD students.
Raymond’s exit leaves the door open for the at-large seat, which is one of two Hays CISD board trustee seats up for grabs this May.
As of Jan. 17, Will McManus, an information technology professional from Buda, is the only person who has filed for the at-large seat.
McManus last ran for office in 2014 when former board trustee Sandra Bryant defeated him. McManus recently served on Hays CISD’s bond oversight and facilities committee.
The District 3 seat, currently held by incumbent Bert Bronaugh, will also be up for election this May.
Following Monday’s board of trustees meeting, Bronaugh officially filed for reelection. Bronaugh first served on the board from 2009 to 2012, then was elected in ay 2015.