Non-Partisan Endorsements

City Council

Jimmy Flannigan

Austin Council Member for District 6

As a community leader and former small business owner, Jimmy Flannigan is truly passionate about fixing the problems we face. For the last decade he’s worked across Austin, fighting for small businesses, streamlined city government, and traffic solutions. As your city council member, Jimmy continues to be a fearless advocate and remains focused on bringing results to District 6.

Jimmy has lived in Northwest Austin for 20 years, having moved into the area while he was still a student at the University of Texas. While completing his degree, he started a small business building websites for student organizations. His experiences as a small business owner would lead him to become involved in a lifetime of advocacy, starting first with helping small and local businesses get started, create jobs, and navigate City Hall, and then expanding into work on traffic solutions and raising the level of civic engagement in Northwest Austin.

Jimmy brings decades of service and leadership on city issues as former president of the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, member of the Austin Chamber’s Transportation Committee, and co-founder and sole organizer of the Northwest Austin Coalition. As a council member, he serves as Chair of the CAPCOG Economic Development board, Chair of the Council’s Judicial Committee (expanded to the Public Safety Committee in June 2020), Chair of the Community Advancement Network, Vice Chair of the Council’s Mobility Committee, a member of the Council’s Audit & Finance Committee, on the executive committee of CAPCOG, and on the board of CAMPOHate Crimes Task Force, and Pecan Street Project. He believes his strong leadership style and commitment to results over ideology resonates with voters like you across District 6.


Heather Jefts

Candidate for Cedar Park City Council, Place 6

Heather Jefts is a small business owner, community leader, and former member of the Cedar Park City Council who’s been proud to call Cedar Park home for 15 years. She’s running for election to Place 6.

During her tenure on City Council, Heather prioritized bringing in quality jobs and businesses, lowering the tax rate and creating Cedar Park’s first-ever Homestead Exemption, public safety, traffic solutions, infrastructure and sustainable growth, and new parks and trails. She served on the Executive Board of the Capital Area Council of Governments, focusing on emergency response, disaster preparedness, and environmental resiliency. Heather was selected by the Hill Country News readers’ poll as the Best Local Elected Official in 2018.

Heather serves on the Board of the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center and is incoming Vice President. She is active in the Vista Ridge High School Band Boosters and her children’s PTAs, gives back as a Literacy Partner with Education Connection, participates in food distribution through Hill Country Community Ministries and is on their Future Facilities Committee, and helps organize and run Reveal Ministries’ diaper bank program. Heather is a member of the Rotary Club of Cedar Park/Leander and the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce.


Tina Steiner

Candidate for Round Rock City Council, Place 1

My name is Tina Steiner and I am a candidate for Round Rock City Council Place 1. I am a fourth generation native who has called Round Rock home for 52 years. My family, the Sauls, received the 2019 Local Legend Award for “having a positive and lasting impact on the culture, development, and history of Round Rock.” I attended Round Rock schools and became employed with RRISD in 1997 as a Substitute then a Paraprofessional and am now an educator for students at risk for opportunities. I am General and Special Education certified because inclusivity and equity are very important to me.

I have earned two Masters in Education degrees and am in the process of obtaining a doctorate in Psychology.
I am very active in the community and have served on the Housing Authority, Historic Preservation Commission and the Williamson County Historical Commission. I now serve as a RR Preservation Director, am a member of the Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure Council and Vice Chair of State Representative James Talarico’s Community Advisory Board. I am a Leadership RR, RR UniverCity, & Citizen Police Academy graduate, and Williamson and Travis County Volunteer Deputy Registrar, as well as a member of El Amistad Club of Round Rock and on Rodeo Austin’s Ambassador Committee.

I will bring a different perspective to a council that is represented by vested interests in big business ventures. The city has moved away from a family-oriented community to big business in our oldest neighborhood. Economic development has taken a 50-year-old family business and a boxing gym for local youth and turned it into a parking lot for downtown businesses mostly utilized by bars even though there are two Title I schools just blocks away. Multi-generational homes have been replaced by businesses due to rezoning. One of the most difficult tasks for a community is being able to simultaneously change with the times and maintain the heart and soul of a community long established. When crafting housing policy, zoning regulations, and infrastructure plans, the only way to care for our community is to ensure we do not create any economic burdens or displace families and disrupt their way of living.

The greatest challenge facing our city is a strain on our infrastructure coupled with rising housing costs and the effects of zoning on small and family business development. These challenges create an issue that necessitates financial planning and community input to create the best solution possible for Round Rock citizens. By listening more to our constituents and the opinions of industry professionals, the City Council can be equipped to face this important challenge together.
When representing the citizens of Round Rock I will focus on:

  • Transparency;
  • Planning infrastructure for our worsening traffic;
  • Ensuring adequate public transportation;
  • Equitable zoning in order to take care of our lifelong residents and older neighborhoods
  • Guaranteeing affordable housing for our public servants, veterans, and students attending our city’s institutes of higher learning.

Members of a city council must be inclusive and not focus mainly on big business but on residents, as well. For far too long, small businesses, historic neighborhoods, and the heart of Round Rock have fallen victim to unjust and inequitable policies.
I have witnessed Round Rock change tremendously yet I am still waiting on its growth. taken an active role in what happens in our city and became a permanent fixture at city council and planning and zoning meetings. I must now take it from the audience to the dais. As a fourth-generation Round Rock native, I was taught the value of hard work and honesty; I will bring that with me. I have no vested interest in running for city council. I am just running to give back to a community that has given so much to me.

Frank Ortega

Candidate for Round Rock City Council, Place 4

I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Round Rock City Council, Place 4. I am a lifelong Texan, and have called Central Texas my home for over 34 years. Over the course of my life, I have heard and responded to the call for action and engagement countless times, having fought hard to fix injustices I’ve seen, right wrongs where I could, and plainly acting on the desire to leave this world a better place than when I found it. Now, I see again an opportunity to do so, and to give back.
On the Round Rock City Council, I aim to:

– Get our city planning ready for a new and changing future,
– Tackle major infrastructure and mobility challenges,
– Address affordable housing and gentrification issues,
– Empathetically listen to members of the community about the things that matter to them.

I am excited and honored to have this opportunity, and I hope you will join my supporters and I in putting in the work that it will take to bring a brighter future to Round Rock.

School Board

Mina Davis

Candidate for LISD Board of Trustees

I am 28 years old, a data scientist and live in Siena with my partner Anthony and two dogs, Finn and Toby. I also serve on two boards, Austin Community College – North Region Advisory Committee and East Williamson County Boys and Girls Club.

Christine Mauer

Candidate for LISD Board of Trustee, Place 3

I am running for Place 3 of the Leander ISD School Board because I believe public education is the cornerstone of a strong society. Every child in our district deserves the opportunity of quality education, which is abundant within our district. I believe that as each family embarks on the educational journey for their children, Leander ISD can provide an amazing place to learn and grow for each child. With the help of teachers, parents, and community members, together we can provide many enriching possibilities.

My family and I moved to Cedar Park in 2004 from San Diego, California and I’m married to the love of my life, Bill. We have four wonderful boys, all of which enjoyed their amazing educational experiences at our Leander ISD schools. My oldest is grown and lives in Round Rock with his wonderful girlfriend. I have a 2020 graduate from Vista Ridge High School who is headed to the University of Texas at Dallas to double major in Physics and Mathematics. I also have a junior at VRHS and my youngest is an eighth-grader at Henry Middle School.

My involvement with many organizations and programs within Leander ISD gives me a unique perspective to be your Trustee for Place 3. I have been an employee, working as an instructional assistant for Resource and Inclusion at Reagan Elementary, a coach, a member and executive board member of the VRHS Band booster club, a PTA member, a GSA Committee member, a LEEF Ambassador for Henry Middle School and Vista Ridge High School, a substitute teacher, volunteer, and most of all I am a proud parent of 2 graduates and 2 current Leander ISD students. I am also responsible for helping to bring Math Pentathlon to Leander ISD and other surrounding districts and currently serve as Program Coordinator for the Pentathlon Institute, a non-profit educational organization.

Leander ISD has become a destination district for many families in Texas and beyond. Our district is growing exponentially every year and with that comes its own challenges. Through those challenges, I believe that together, we can continue our path as a leader in the state of Texas.

When a student enters the Leander ISD community, it is my goal as your next trustee to ensure that every child is given every opportunity to grow both academically and holistically. Our amazing programs create those necessary opportunities for our young people to grow into well-rounded adults. Education is more than just the basics of reading and writing. Education, in itself, must allow our children to explore their passions and dreams.

Anna Smith

Candidate for Leander ISD School Board, Place 4

I am running for Leander ISD School Board Place 4 because I believe the power of public education is only as strong as our commitment to equity and excellence for all students. From preschool to high school graduation, every child in Leander ISD deserves access to the best opportunities and education that we, as a community, can provide. Working together, we can nurture academic achievement and enrichment opportunities for all of our kids.

I am a 4th generation Mexican American and grew up in Rockport, Texas. I married my high school sweetheart Colin and we have 4 children who attend school in LISD. We moved to Leander in 2015 because of the reputation LISD has at providing an excellent education for all students.

When elected, I will advocate for an inclusive, growth-minded culture where all students belong and thrive, and where student well-being is prioritized and supported. Students achieve their maximum potential when they feel secure in their identities and forms of self-expression. When we create a safe school environment that respects and nurtures the whole child, where growth and creativity are encouraged, we equip students for greater success in school and beyond.

I believe the importance of supporting mental health in our schools. As a child, I struggled with depression and it was my middle school Counselor who forever changed my life. Because of her, I would go on to be the first in my family to graduate high school and the first to go to college. Many elementary school campuses have a single counselor, while middle school counselors work with a ratio of over 450 students per counselor. Our Counselors are required to prepare for multiple standardized tests throughout the year and scheduling takes up a LARGE portion of their time that should be devoted to preventative lessons and education rather than crisis intervention which is a reality in our schools. As your Board of Trustee, I will make mental health a priority for our district.

I want to rebuild trust between the community and school board. Through my work as a Volunteer Leader, I have witnessed what we can accomplish when we ensure ALL stakeholders in Leander ISD are seen, heard and valued, but ESPECIALLY when we give a voice to those who have been historically marginalized.

We need leaders who are willing to bring an open mind to every discussion and who are willing to hear from Teachers, Students, Parents and Community Members. I am willing. And I am ready.

Cornell Woolridge

Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees, Place 2

I am the son of a 30+ year retired public school guidance counselor and teacher. I come from a family who believes strongly in two things: 1) To whom much is given, much is also expected and 2) If you see an opportunity to make things better for others, you do what you can to make things better for others. I was raised in the South, growing up in Arlington, TX and educated in the North, earning my B.S. in English from Skidmore College and M.S. in Ethics & Public Policy from Suffolk University.

I first began working with underserved students in 1994 in Fort Worth. Since then I have worked with and for students in Pittsburgh PA, South Florida, Boston MA, Arlington TX, Austin, and Baltimore MD. My community service includes service as an Austin ISD Close Up member, Commissioner for the Austin Community Development Commission, Rotary President, NAACP Board Member, and my current role as a Board Member for Well Aware – an Austin based international non-profit which finds, digs and helps maintain wells for villages in Africa in desperate need of life giving water. I live in Austin with my partner of 11 years, Candace and our two loving and rambunctious dogs, Jack and Falkor (Candace’s Service Dog in Training).

Tiffanie Harrison

Round Rock ISD School Board, Place 6

Tiffanie Harrison is an educator, equity leader, community organizer, entrepreneur, designer, and investor. Tiffanie recently started her 9th year as a High School Marketing teacher at Round Rock High School. Tiffanie is a General Partner at the Radical Equity Fund where she advises and invests in diverse founders and EdTech startups. As a community organizer, Tiffanie advocates for educational and racial equity. Tiffanie is a Courageous Conversations About Race Affiliate PractitionerTM with the Pacific Educational Group as part of the City of Austin’s commitment to racial equity. Tiffanie is a consultant for schools, districts, and public and private companies around racial equity practices. She also recently served as the Finance Director the Dr. Christine Mann for Congress TX-31 campaign.

Tiffanie is a founding sponsor of Black Student Union at Round Rock High School, which has since grown to encompass multiple chapters across the Round Rock Independent School District and beyond. Tiffanie is an active leader in community organizations like Undoing Racism Round Rock, the Round Rock Chamber’s Entrepreneurship Council, and the Round Rock Black Parents Association.

Tiffanie has been honored to be named a two-time Teacher of the Year at around Rock High School, a 3DayStartup Entrepreneurship Professor of the Year, a Teachers Guild Fellow, a New Leaders Council Austin Fellow and a CAMP Fellow. She is also a member of the Central Texas Black Leaders Collective.

Tiffanie holds a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Marketing from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Health, Performance and Recreation from Baylor University as well. Tiffanie’s personal life mission is to promote inclusion, diversity, and understanding while working to eliminate bias, bigotry, and oppression in her commUNITY.

She has served as a co-Chair for the Round Rock ISD Equity Task Force and was a dedicated member of the Round Rock ISD Safety and Security Task Force. Tiffanie is a proud product of Round Rock ISD schools and loves the community so passionately. She is excited to continue her work in Round Rock ISD in the capacity of Round Rock ISD School Board, Place 6.