Seventeen people filed for the five seats in the Round Rock School District Board of Trustees election in November.
Seats Place 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be decided in a general election at the end of the term of these directors. The Place 1 seat will be decided in a special election following Jun Xiao’s resignation over the summer.
Council members are elected for a four-year term. The winner of the special election for the seat of place 1 will be eligible for re-election in 2024.
Filing applications for the regular election closed on August 22 and August 25 for the special election.
The five incumbents have asked for re-election and will each have at least one challenger.
Amber Feller, 49, will face two opponents as she seeks re-election for her second term in the No. 3 spot. Orlando Salinas, 35, a chief financial officer at Zoom Contracting and Consulting, has filed for the seat. Feller will also be challenged by Maryam Zafar, 20, a student at the University of Texas.
Cory Vessa, 44, who occupies the Place 4 seat, will be challenged by Linda Avila, 53, an education diagnostician; Jill Farris, 38, housewife; and Alicia Markum, 39, a stay-at-home mom.
Amy Weir, 56, who sits in the Place 5 seat, will face three challengers: Joshua Billingsley, a 40-year-old business intelligence analyst; Stefan Bryant, a 51-year-old grants manager; and Christie Slape, a 52-year-old former professional teacher and organizer.
Tiffanie Harrison, 36, will also be seeking re-election to a second term in the Place 6 seat. Former Austin City Councilman Don Zimmerman, 62, has asked to run against her.
Four people will run for the Place 1 seat against Johnson, 47, who was named to the seat on July 25. John Keagy, a 41-year-old engineer, is also in the running for the seat; Yuriy Semchyshyn, a 41-year-old software engineer; and Estevan Zarate, a 51-year-old teacher and actor.
Keagy, Salinas, Farris, Slape and Zimmerman work together in a coalition they call “the slate”. Zimmerman said the group largely agrees with the more conservative views of directors Mary Bone and Danielle Weston, who are not eligible for re-election.
Bone and Weston have long been at odds with fellow council members on issues ranging from mask mandates in schools to the hiring of Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez a year ago. In April, a Williamson County judge dismissed a lawsuit that Weston and Bone had brought against the other board members over proposed no-confidence resolutions.