LIVE UPDATES: Unofficial May 7 Election results

(Editor’s Note: This post was updated on May 8 at 4:20 p.m. to reflect that Bill Maphies has the lead in the race for City of Hays Mayor).

By Megan Wehring

HAYS COUNTY — Below are the unofficial results for the Uniform Election that was held on Saturday, May 7, in Hays County. Results remain unofficial until canvassed and certified.

As of 9:41 p.m. on May 7, there is a 9.8% voter turnout, 15,775 ballots cast and 160,505 registered voters in Hays County.

State of Texas Propositions

Prop 1 would reduce the amount of taxes that elderly and disabled residents would pay to support public education starting next year — this comes after the legislature passed a property tax reduction in 2019 that didn’t apply to those two groups, since their rates were frozen.

Prop 2 would increase the amount that homeowners can subtract from the value of their home from $25,000 to $40,000.

  • Prop 1 received 13,518 votes in favor and 1,819 votes against.
  • Prop 2 received 13,979 votes in favor and 1,532 votes against.

City of Hays 

Bill Maphies is leading for Mayor with 53 votes against Lydia Bryan-Valdez with 52 votes.

Glennell Strawn is leading for the City Council Place 2 seat with 53 votes against Thomas Lemman with 52 votes.

For Place 3, Tony S. Valdez is leading with 54 votes against incumbent Richard Gibbens with 51 votes.

Dripping Springs ISD 

Olivia Barnard (2,981 votes) and Tricia Quintero (2,978 votes) currently lead the four-candidate Dripping Springs ISD (DSISD) Board of Trustees race.

Incumbent Joanna Day has 2,912 votes and Thaddeus Fortenberry has 2,746 votes.

The top two will serve.


Byron Severance leads the District 4 seat with 1,148 votes against  Amy Grant with 851 votes.

For the District 5 seat, incumbent Esperanza Orosco leads with 835 votes against Bear Heiser with 465 votes.

Also on the ballot was a proposition that would issue $115,649,800 in school building bonds for the design, construction, acquisition, rehabilitation, renovation, expansion, improvement and equipment of school buildings and purchase new school buses to accommodate district growth.

The proposition has received 2,556 votes in favor and 2,420 votes against.

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Megan Navarro (Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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