WCDP Elected Officials 2020

James Talarico

State Representative for House District 52

Representative James Talarico is a former non-profit leader and public school teacher elected to serve House District 52 in the Texas House of Representatives. He was born in Williamson County, where he attended Round Rock ISD schools and graduated from McNeil High School. Rep. Talarico earned degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University. He taught middle school on the West Side of San Antonio before becoming the Central Texas Executive Director for Reasoning Mind, a nonprofit dedicated to equipping classrooms with innovative technology. He currently serves as the youngest member of the Texas Legislature.

John H. Bucy III

Texas House Member District 136

John H. Bucy III is native Texan, small business owner, and former chair of the Williamson County Democratic Party, serving District 136 in the Texas House of Representatives. Elected in 2018, John represents western Williamson County, including Northwest Austin, Cedar Park, Leander, and the Brushy Creek area.

John was appointed to the House Committee on Elections and the House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism for the 86th Legislative Session. He is chair of the Young Texans Legislative Caucus and was honored by his peers as House Democratic Caucus Freshman of the Year.

A small business owner, John started an organization that serves 200,000 public school students across Texas in athletic, academic, and arts competitions. He is also the immediate past chair of the Williamson County Democratic Party, where his organizational skills and leadership were instrumental in the election of nine Democrats to local office in Williamson County, including the first Democratic County Commissioner in two decades. He also served as Legislative Liaison for the Texas Democratic County Chairs Association.

John grew up in Austin before attending Austin College in Sherman, TX, where he completed his degree in Liberal Arts majoring in history. He is proud to serve on the board of the Special Olympics of Texas and supports the Big Bend Conservancy. John’s wife, Molly, is a public school teacher and small business owner who serves on the board of the local Penfold Theatre.

John and Molly live in Northwest Austin with their infant daughter, Bradley and their two dogs, Bentley and Lily. They spend their spare time in Big Bend or attending Austin Spurs, Texas Rangers, or Texas Stars games.

Chari Kelly

Third Court of Appeals Place 3

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The Third Court of Appeals hears both civil and criminal cases, and has within its boundaries one of the largest Army bases in the country. Chari is a felony prosecutor board certified in criminal law, an experienced civil litigator, and a former Captain and Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army, having served her country at Fort Hood (Bell County). She’s served as a staff attorney on the Court of Criminal Appeals, writing appellate opinions for the highest criminal court in Texas, and represented the State of Texas in civil fraud litigation, recovering millions of dollars for taxpayers. And she’s prosecuted crime in two of the counties covered by the Third Court (Comal and Travis).

Thomas J. Baker

Third Court of Appeals Place 5

Justice Thomas J. Baker, was elected to Place 5 on the Court in November 2018. A lifelong Texan, Justice Baker has resided in Temple since 1994 and was born and grew up in Denison, Texas.

Prior to serving on the court, Justice Baker had a civil practice, specializing in family law and including appellate practice, in Bell County and nearby Central Texas counties. He was Board Certified in Family Law in 2010 and has been a member of the College of the State Bar for more than 15 years. Justice Baker was admitted to the United States District Court, Western District, in 1995. He was previously admitted to the United States District Court, Southern District in 1984. He was admitted to practice in military courts in 1984.

Gisela Triana

Third Court of Appeals Place 6

Prior to being elected to the Texas Third Court of Appeals in 2018, Justice Gisela D. Triana had served on every level of Texas trial courts. She comes to the Third Court with over 23 years of experience on a trial bench, in both criminal and civil courts. Most recently, Justice Triana served for 14 years as the 200th District Court Judge, presiding over hundreds of cases involving complex civil cases.

Terry Cook

County Commissioner, Precinct One

1801 East Old Settlers Blvd.
Suite #110
Round Rock, TX 78664
Phone: (512) 244-8610
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Communications Specialist
(512) 244-8610 Direct Line

Garry Brown
Executive Assistant
(512) 244-8615

Terry believes elected officials should respond to all of the people they represent. She knows that once a candidate is elected to office, he or she makes the duties and responsibilities a top priority. As a member of the Williamson County Commissioners Court, Terry works tirelessly to ensure that the Court manages county business and resources consistent with her vision to benefit all county residents in a fair and non-partisan manner.

She works to make certain that our county funds are used responsibly to ensure that Williamson County is a place where every man, woman, and child can and will have quality, fulfilling lives without onerous tax and debt burdens within the conditions given by the Texas legislature.

Terry’s office creates a monthly electronic newsletter to share what has gone on in the County the previous month. Call the office, 512-244-8610 to be added to the distribution list.  She educates her readers as to how the County works through monthly op eds highlighting departments in the Round Rock Leader. The article is also released electronically by the Statesman.

She has a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University and worked in research and high-tech industries for 23 years. She has extensive experience in managing people and projects, budgeting, and contract negotiation with companies small and large alike.

Terry tirelessly urges civic involvement. She has been a volunteer deputy registrar for Williamson County since 2012 in order to register voters from all over the county, has served the county as a clerk, and as an alternate judge during elections.

Over her four-year tenure as the events chair for the Williamson County Democratic Party, she widely expanded both the number of events, fairs, parades, and festivals in which the Democratic Party participated to educate and register voters as well as increasing the number of volunteers for these efforts. She continuously seeks to inspire people to join in the civic processes we are so blessed to have.

Terry and her husband, Wayne, have called Round Rock their home for over nineteen years, and when Terry is not working or passionately advocating for the Democratic Party, she enjoys interior and landscape design, unique dining experiences, traveling, Bible study, live theatre, and music.

KT Musselman

Justice of the Peace, Precinct One

I was born and raised in the Texas Hill Country where hard work and giving back to your community are values lived out generation after generation. For the last 15 years, I’ve put those values to work as a progressive organizer and trailblazer in new media. Now, I want to go to work for you.

JP courts are the people’s courts. They need to be accessible, accountable, and fair. And getting justice shouldn’t depend on where you live or if you can afford a high dollar attorney. Join me and together we’ll bring a New Kind of Justice to Williamson County.

Stacy Hackenberg

Justice of the Peace, Precinct Four

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Stacy Hackenberg holds a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Southern New Hampshire University and a bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Before being elected in 2018 as Justice of the Peace, she had a long career in training and database marketing.

She was a Girl Scout troop leader for her two daughters for 13 years. She worked with their BSA Venturing Crew and helped found the Baden Powell Scouting Association’s 7th Trailblazers group in 2013. She also was a volunteer and paid instructor for the American Red Cross, teaching everything from Wilderness First Aid Basics to Babysitting.

She is active at United Christian Church, a United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ blended congregation, in Austin. She is former Council Co-Chair for Social Justice. She is a strong advocate for LGBT rights and firm believer in the power of education to improve lives. During the 2017 Texas Legislative session and special session, she testified three times against the bathroom bill. She completed the Pacific School of Religion’s Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible Certificate program to help further her LGBTQ activism.

She lives in Round Rock in a full-to-bursting multi-generational household that includes her husband Tom; daughters Madeline and Catherine; son-in-law Breylin; a housemate; two dogs and three cats.

Anne Duffy

Cedar Park City Council Place 3

17+ yr resident of CP. Mayor Pro Tem, LEO Wife, Mother, Former Navy RN. Servant leadership is my focus. My passions: public safety, parks and recreation and supporting vitality of our local businesses.

It is my privilege to represent Cedar Park and bring new ideas to our City’s council.

Rachael Jonrowe

Georgetown City Council Place 6

Georgetown is the place where my husband and I chose to raise our family, and grow our business. It is our home. And the decisions made by our City Council directly affect my family, my friends, and my neighbors. I know what it is like to juggle paying the bills, bringing cupcakes to the classroom party, plan family events, stay involved in local causes, and get my friends and neighbors involved in being part of good governance, all at the same time. I believe that the people of District 6 deserve a representative who will put the needs of families ahead of those of the special interests, and does everything out in the open.

My interest in public service has been a driving force behind my volunteer work, my support for my husband’s business, my personal choices when it comes to where my family lives and where we buy goods, and my parenting. In fact, having children has only made me more determined to make our small corner of the world a better place. I am not a professional politician, but I know what makes Georgetown great, and I want to preserve and protect those qualities.

Hilda Montgomery

Round Rock City Council Place 6

Originally from Chicago, Hilda Montgomery was recruited to Central Texas by Dell to work as a manager in the factory on Braker Lane. She accumulated a wide-breath of experience working on servers, notebooks, and in Tech Support, before taking on a role as Project Manager overseeing all aspects of delivering services on hardware purchases for corporate and governmental clients.

Hilda has called Round Rock home for 19 years, and still lives in the same house she originally moved into. An avid community volunteer, she has worked with numerous local groups and non-profits including Caritas, Round Rock Serving Center, Meals on Wheels and the Food Pantry.

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Gerald Anderson

Taylor City Council District 1


Sean Hassan

ACC Place 4

Julie Ann Nitsch

ACC Place 9

Gloria Gonzales-Gholakia

Leander ISD School Board, Place 2

I am here because my family and my teachers believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. I am involved in our schools and community because my education provided me with a gateway to a better future. I am running for LISD trustee because I believe I have more to give back.