Board Election Information

Rains ISD General Election Information- May 1, 2021

The Rains ISD School Board of Trustees are comprised of seven members who are elected to serve a term of 4-year Biennial Terms (odd-years).

The Rains ISD School Board Trustee Election is scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2021, for the purpose of electing three School Board Trustees to fill Place 1, 2, 3 for a term of four (4) years. To be elected, a candidate must receive a plurality of votes, therefore, the candidates receiving the most votes will win the position. 

Applications to file for a Position on the Rains ISD School Board Trustee Election may be obtained at the Rains ISD Administration Office, 1759 W. US Hwy. 69, Emory, Texas 75440, or on the Texas Secretary of State website. Applications must be signed under oath before a Notary and must be received in the Administration Office between 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, through Friday, February 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.  Candidates, are also required to appoint a campaign treasurer and file the form with Pamela Gilliard, Rains ISD Election Administrator prior to collecting or spending any funds on his/her campaign. These and other required forms may also be obtained at the RISD Administration Office or on the Texas Ethics Commission website.

The Rains ISD Administration Office serves as your filing authority and must maintain neutrality in the electoral process. Any questions on reporting procedures, contributions, or expenditures should be addressed to the Texas Ethics Commission at 1-800-325-8506 or 512-463-5800, or online. You may direct questions about election laws to the Secretary of State at 1-800-252-8683 or 512-463-5650, or go online

 Candidate’s Guide to Primary and General Elections:

The Texas Election Code designated the Secretary of State as the chief election officer of the State of Texas.  In order to provide information on the electoral process to all Texans, his office has prepared this guide in the expectation that increased information will result in increased participation.  Click here for more information. 

 Board Members Eligibility/Qualifications:

Board Policy BBA(LEGAL)


May 2021 Board of Trustee Election: Places 1, 2, and 3

The first day to file for a place on the ballot: January 13, 2021

Last day to file for a place on the ballot: February 12, 2021, *Must be received by 5:00 p.m.

Last day to register to vote: April 1, 2021

Early voting begins by personal appearance/ Last day to apply for a ballot by mail (received not postmarked): Monday, April 19, 2021

Last day of early voting by personal appearance: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Early Voting Dates/Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm, April 19 thru April 27, 2021 

Early Voting Extended Dates/Hours: Tuesday, April 19, 2021, & Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 7 am-7 pm

Election Day-Last day to receive a ballot by mail: May 1, 2021

Polling Location: 1759 W US HWY 69, Emory, Texas 75440

 Candidates Who Will Appear On The Ballot:

Names are in the order in which candidates have filed.  View the filing period notice for times and dates the filing window is open.  This section was last updated at 3:21 p.m., February 12, 2021.   

Trustee, Place 1:

Robert L. Burns II

Trustee, Place 2:

Paul Foley

Jayde Sustaire

Trustee, Place 3:

Philip D. Alexander

Neil Kreck

2021 Trustee Election Documents: (Links are active when documents are posted)

 Official Results of May 1, 2021 Trustee Election

Results were canvassed on May 10, 2021, at the Regular Board Meeting. 

Notice of Drawing for Place on Ballot

This drawing determines the order in which names will appear on the ballot.

Drawing Results for Places 2 and 3-(Drawing was held on 2/22/2021 @ 10:00 a.m.)

Notice of Filing Period 

This document provides the time window in which a person interested in running for the school board must file an application for a place on the ballot.  This document provides the time window in which a person interested in running for the school board must file an application for a place on the ballot. 

2021 Election Order

This is the legal document formally calling for the Board of Trustee May 2021 election. 

Candidate Filing Packet

This packet provides information and necessary filing forms for people who are interested in running for a position on the school board. Applications for a place on the ballot should not be dated and cannot be accepted prior to the opening of the filing period or after the statutory deadline. 

Notice of Voting Order Priority for Voters with Mobility Issues

This Notice is posted in compliance with Section 63.0013 of the Texas Election Code. 

Joint Election Agreement-City of Emory (May 1, 2021, City of Emory Election-CANCELED)

Rains ISD has entered into a joint election agreement with the City of Emory because it will benefit the voters to be served by a common polling location and to meet school district election requirements in the Texas Education Code. 

Early Voting Rosters


Any questions pertaining to elections may be addressed to Pamela Gilliard, Executive Assistant to Superintendent/Board at 903-473-2222, ext. 4112 or by email