WCDP Elected Officials

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.

Mike Gleason


As a native Texan with 24 years of service in Williamson County, Mike Gleason has gained knowledge in every aspect of the Sheriff’s Office. Mike understands the foundation of each division, allowing him to successfully make changes and improvements. By displaying excellent leadership skills and proficiency in his roles, Mike continued to promote within the Sheriff’s Office and last held the position of Assistant Chief Deputy. While at the WCSO, Mike received 109 letters of commendation from numerous citizens, senators, congressmen, local chiefs of police, civic organizations, council members, mayors, corporate CEOs, HOA/MUD boards, and the current Williamson County Sheriff, Robert Chody.

After retiring from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Mike has continued to serve his community by using his vast law enforcement knowledge to provide consulting and transportation services.

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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Doris Sanchez
Communications Specialist
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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.

Mickey Chance

Constable, Precinct 1

Mickey served with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) for over 26 years. Mickey joined the TCSO at the age of 29, first as a Corrections Officer at Del Valle, then in Downtown. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2001, while assigned to Central Booking he was named Supervisor of the Year. Mickey retired from the TCSO in 2017 after 26 years of service.

As a native of the Austin area, he lived most of his life in Williamson County. Mickey graduated from Round Rock High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Concordia University in Austin, Texas. Additionally, he has completed many hours of Law Enforcement Training. Mickey holds a peace officer certification from Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Mickey is an avid outdoorsman and played baseball in High School and College. His hobbies include kayaking, hunting, and reading as well as walking his beloved beagle, Bibi. Mickey has been married to his wife Judy, a teacher at Westwood High School, for twenty-eight years.

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.

Christine Mauer

LISD Board of Trustees, Place 3

Christine Mauer was elected to the Board of Trustees in November of 2020 and has been a resident of Cedar Park for 16 years. She has been married to her husband Bill for 20 years. They have four wonderful boys, all of which have had their amazing educational experiences at Leander ISD schools. The oldest is grown and lives in Round Rock with his wonderful girlfriend. Mauer has a 2020 graduate from Vista Ridge High School, who attends the University of Texas at Dallas as a Mathematics major. Her junior attends Vista Ridge High school and is a member of the National Art Honor Society and plays the oboe in the band. Her youngest is an eighth-grader at Henry Middle School and started the space club at HMS in hopes of being a rocket engineer in the future.

Mauer attended California State University at Long Beach before starting her family in 1990. As a single mother, she raised her eldest on her own until meeting Bill, getting married and having 3 more sons. Her involvement with Leander ISD started as a volunteer at Reagan Elementary in 2009. She began her volunteerism in the classroom and with Math Pentathlon. That grew to becoming an officer on the PTA board for Reagan.

Mauer was also an employee with the district as a Special Education Instructional Assistant for Resource and Inclusion at Reagan Elementary. She is currently a member of all 43 PTAs in the district, the Vista Ridge High School PTSA Inclusion Chair, a VRHS Site based committee member, a LISD PTA GSA Committee member, and a LEEF Ambassador for Henry Middle School and Vista Ridge High School.

She is a passionate advocate for public education and wants to work collaboratively with educators, parents, and district administration to ensure that each child is seen, heard and respected.

Anna Smith

LISD Board of Trustees, Place 4

Anna is a 4th generation Mexican-American and grew up in Rockport, Texas. Her family moved to Leander, Texas in 2015 because of the reputation that the district has for providing an excellent education to all students. Anna has 4 children who attend school in LISD.

Anna knows that the power of public education is only as strong as our commitment to equity and excellence. Anna is committed to the vision in which from preschool to high school graduation, every child in Leander ISD receives the best opportunities and education that we, as a community, can provide regardless of their circumstances or ability.

Over the last 3 years, Anna has been active in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), worked hard to implement various committees at the local level, and collaborated with our district to ensure we are educating the whole child at every level. Her family’s struggles navigating the special education world inspired her to help foster a community where parents, staff, and school administrators can come together to build an equitable education for all students. For that reason, she also worked to develop and implement a group specifically for parents of students with disabilities. This group is a collaborative effort where parents, students, and teachers from LISD come together to build a strong and transparent path of access to our special education system that benefits every child.

Tiffanie Harrison

Round Rock ISD School Board, Place 6

Tiffanie Harrison is an educator, equity leader, entrepreneur, designer, and investor. Prior to service on the Board of Trustees, Tiffanie was a high school marketing teacher at Round Rock High School for nine years. She blends her passions of equity and entrepreneurship as a General Partner at the Radical Equity Fund where she advises and invests in diverse founders and EdTech startups. Tiffanie is also a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant for schools, districts, and public and private companies across the US.

Tiffanie is a product of Round Rock ISD Schools and has engaged as a District volunteer on the Safety and Security and Equity Task Forces. Tiffanie has also been honored to be named a two-time Teacher of the Year at Round Rock High School, a 3DayStartup Entrepreneurship Professor of the Year, a Teachers Guild Fellow and a New Leaders Council Austin Fellow.

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 desires to see MLK’s vision of the Beloved Community come to fruition and is happy to dedicate her life to making that a reality.

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.

Heather Jefts

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 in the May 2020 election.

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 and disaster preparedness. Heather was selected by the Hill Country News readers’ poll as the Best Local Elected Official.

A collegiate swimmer at Johns Hopkins University, Heather started her own small business, Tempo Swimming, teaching recreational and competitive swim classes on a group and individual basis. She previously worked at the University of Texas in the Genomic Sequencing Analysis Facility and as veterinary surgical technician.

Heather serves on the Board of the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center. She is active in the Vista Ridge High School Band Boosters and her children’s Parent-Teacher Associations, gives back as a Literacy Partner with Education Connection, participates in fresh food distribution through Hill Country Community Ministries, has volunteered with the American Legion’s Breakfast with Santa, and helped organize and kick-off Reveal Ministries’ diaper bank program. Heather is a member of the Rotary Club of Cedar Park/Leander and the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce.

Frank Ortega

Round Rock City Council, Place 4

Frank Ortega was sworn in on Dec. 3, 2020 following the Nov. 3 election.
Frank is a community and business leader, activist and life-long Texan. Frank grew up all over Texas thanks to his Air Force father, and has called Central Texas his home for more than 34 years. Over the course of his life, Frank has had a long history of political and community engagement. Frank is a current State Board member of the Hispanic Organization for Public Education, Board member of the League of United Latin American Citizens as well the District VIII Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens, a member of the El Amistad Club, a member of the Citizens For Diversity Leadership Role and served on the Lubbock Planning and Zoning Commission.

Ortega has been a Real Estate Agent in Round Rock for years with The AFAustin Team Powered by Keller Williams Realty.

Ortega received his Associate In Applied Arts from Howard College in Big Spring, Texas. Ortega and his wife, Victoria, have a cocker spaniel named Buddy.

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