AISD: First Candidates File

One incumbent, one regular face confirmed, but still many vacancies

AISD: First Candidates File

Seems like everyone is busy on Monday evenings: After 10 days, a grand total of two candidates have filed paperwork to become an Austin ISD trustee in the Nov. 4 election. That means, so far, there are three seats with no declared candidate.

As noted in the current issue of the Chronicle, District 7 Trustee Robert Schneider had already announced his intention to run for a fourth term (see AISD Race: A Voice for Southwest Austin, July 25.) With filing having opened on July 18, he is now the only incumbent to have actually filed his paperwork.

However, he is not the only candidate. AISD confirmed today that former Austin Council of PTAs director Monica Sanchez has filed paperwork to run in District 6. She aims to replace incumbent Lori Moya, who announced earlier this month that she will not run again.

Neither looks likely to be running unopposed. Yasmin Wagner, a creative director at computing firm AMD and member of the district's Boundary Advisory Committee, has not formally declared her candidacy to run against Schneider, but has appointed a campaign treasurer. Meanwhile, Paul Saldaña had already announced his intention to run against Moya, and is expected to follow through against all comers.

So what's happened to the rest? Of the remaining three seats up for re-election, Board President Vince Torres has already confirmed he will not seek a third term representing Northwest Austin in District 4. Across in District 1, representing the city's Northeast, Trustee Cheryl Bradley has made it clear, to her fellow trustees if not to her community, that she will not run again.

The wild card is officially At-Large Place 9 Trustee Tamala Barksdale. She has been taciturn about her electoral future since some noncommittal statements in April. Now that filing has opened, there's a logjam forming: There are candidates lined up, but they are less willing to challenge Barksdale than to run for an open seat. If she gets in the race, that could mean some of those candidates either moving to other races, or dropping out completely.

That's causing some headaches for education advocates, who would like to know if anyone is actually running. So far, as is the norm with AISD, there is a dearth of real contenders. If groups are having to waste energy on finding candidates, that means less time to campaign, and fewer informed options for voters come November 4.

Got something to say? The Chronicle welcomes opinion pieces on any topic from the community. Submit yours now at

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Austin ISD
Has AISD Cleared its Special Education Backlog, or Not?
Has AISD Cleared its Special Education Backlog, or Not?
After July 1 deadline, 77 evaluations still not complete

Clara Ence Morse, July 7, 2021

AISD Decides: Back-to-School Means On Campus, In Person, No Virtual Learning
AISD Decides: Back-to-School Means On Campus, In Person, No Virtual Learning
District cites funding fears after Lege's failure to act

Clara Ence Morse, June 18, 2021

Austin ISD Will Resume On-Campus Classes Next Week as Planned
Austin ISD Will Resume On-Campus Classes Next Week as Planned
Most extracurriculars postponed, says Superintendent Elizalde

Beth Sullivan, Dec. 31, 2020

AISD Announces Start of School Year Will Be Online
AISD Announces Start of School Year Will Be Online
First three weeks will have no in-class instruction

Kimberley Jones, July 14, 2020

More by Richard Whittaker
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
Joy-filled animated family SF comedy is an explosion of fun

Jan. 14, 2022

Unerotic and unthrilling home invasion flick is seriously unsubtle

Jan. 14, 2022


Austin ISD, AISD, Robert Schneider, Election 2014, AISD Board of Trustees, Yasmin Wagner, November 2014 Election, AISD Board

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle