Brian K. Shanks has been unofficially elected to the San Marcos Consolidated ISD Board of Trustees. Daily Record infographic
UNOFFICIAL: Shanks elected to SMCISD school board
Brian K. Shanks has been unofficially elected to the San Marcos Consolidated ISD Board of Trustees. Gabrielle Moore, however, has not conceded the race, citing the need for all votes to be counted.
Shanks received 784 votes (50.48%) to Gabrielle Moore’s 769 votes (49.52%). All results are unofficial until votes are canvassed at an upcoming SMCISD board meeting on May 16.
“First off I want to say thank you for all those that came out to the polls to vote,” Shanks said. “I am very proud that I received more votes than any single member candidate in the history of SMCISD. It shows the community is engaged in taking back the district from people and trustees who aren’t focused on the kids and their education.”
Following Saturday’s result, Moore said she wouldn’t concede until every vote is counted.
“Tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this community and for all of my neighbors, whether they supported me or Mr. Shanks,” Moore said. “But because of the margin of less than 1%, I will not be conceding until every outstanding ballot is counted — that includes both provisional, mail-in, and any overseas ballots.”
Shanks said it’s disappointing that Moore hasn’t conceded.
“Election challenges are an insult to all of these folks, many of whom turned out for the first time to vote in a school board election,” Shanks said. “I will be at the meeting on May 16 to start my three-year term and serve our community.”
Shanks won the early vote by receiving 61% of votes (509-314), while Moore overwhelmingly claimed the absentee vote with more than 77% of the votes (154-45). Moore received a majority of the election day vote by a margin of 56.69%-43.31% (301-230).
The Hays County early ballot board meets Friday and will release results the same day.