AUSTIN (KXAN) — Republican Lani Popp won the runoff for the State Board of Education District 5. She and Robert Morrow were vying to represent the Republican party for the District 5 State Board of Education seat during the July 14 runoff election.
Morrow received 40% of the vote in the primary election, while Popp received 34%. Neither had more than 50%, which is why the race went to a runoff.
Popp crushed Morrow in the runoff election, however, with 77.9% of the vote (55,670 votes). Morrow finished with 22.1% (15,756).
Popp is a speech-language pathologist who worked for a combined 27 years in Texas schools. She also taught theater arts and music and coached cheerleading. Morrow is known for sharing conspiracy theories, wearing a jester hat and making controversial posts on social media. He served as Travis County GOP chairman for three months in 2016 and ran for President of the United States as an Independent.
Popp will face Democrat Rebecca Bell-Meterau, who won her primary.
District 5 covers parts of Travis County and Bexar County, along with Hays, Caldwell, San Saba, Llano, Mason, Gillespie, Blanco, Comal, Kendall, Guadalupe and Kerr Counties.