Hays CISD School Board Elections Candidate Q&As, May 2023

Dr. Esmeralda Perez-Gonzalez – Trustee, Single-Member District 2

By Paul Hill | March 13, 2023

What is your motivation to become a school board member? As a retired educator, I have contributed to the great strides Hays CISD has made during my time on the board. The priorities of academics, competitive salaries, safety, employee-friendly policies, mental health, and staff recognition stand out for me. I am running to ensure that…

Johnny Flores – Trustee, Single-Member District 2

By David Doerr | March 13, 2023

What is your motivation to become a school board member? I believe children, parents and taxpayers in district 2 deserve to have an advocate on the School Board. I also believe in the value of education, not only for the purposes of academic achievement, but so our young people can grow to become productive citizens.…

There are two contested elections for the Hays CISD Board of Trustees scheduled on May 6, 2023: single-member districts 1 & 2.

Kyle/Buda-Area Democrats sent each candidate a questionnaire to answer where they stood on various issues affecting Hays CISD. Bill Ward, Raul Vela Jr., and Vanessa Petrea did not respond to the questionnaire.

We encourage area Democrats to learn about these candidates to decide which ones will best advocate for Democratic values in these important leadership roles.

Trustee, Single-Member-District 1: Bill Ward and Raul Vela Jr.

Trustee, Single-Member-District 2: Johnny Flores and Esmeralda Pérez-González

Trustee, At-Large: Vanessa Petrea  (Unopposed) 



Early Voting: April 24 — May 2, 2022

Monday, April 24- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday April 25 through Friday April 28 — 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 29 — 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Monday, May 1 - 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2 — 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Election Day: Saturday, May 6 — 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.



See a map of the single-member districts to know what district you live in.

The new countywide polling system allows registered voters to cast a ballot at any Hays County vote center, regardless of the precinct in which they live.


Hays and Travis Counties use vote centers, meaning Hays and Travis County voters may cast ballots for any election in which they are eligible at any vote center in the respective counties during the times the vote centers are operating. Caldwell County will have a specific polling location for early and election day voting.

Printable Early and Election Day Voting Locations List 



For more information, visit the district's bond election webpage.