Precinct One Events

UPDATE: Commissioner Cook Thanks All Voters Who Participated - During Voter Registration, She Encouraged High Schoolers to Register to Vote

Voter Registration Rally held at McNeil High School on Oct. 3, 2018,sponsored by Austin City Councilman Jimmy Flannigan

  • 4 October 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3640

Commissioner Cook is speaking on stage at the McNeil High School cafeteria. Update: Thanks to all you Wilco Voters for topping the registered voter turnout in Texas. Out of the top 12 highest populated counties, Williamson County led them all with 62.09 percent of the 336,148 registered voters submitting a ballot. The next highest percentage voter turnout was Travis County at 61.33 percent.

Commissioner Cook explained why we vote on the first Tuesday of November and reminded the students that it is their civic duty and responsibility to vote and let their voices be heard.

A uniform date for choosing presidential electors was instituted by the Congress in 1845. The bill initially set the day for choosing presidential electors on "the first Tuesday in November," in years divisible by four (1848, 1852, etc.). However, in some years the period between the first Tuesday in November and the first Wednesday in December (when the electors are required to meet in their state capitals to vote) would be more than 34 days, in violation of the existing Electoral College law. So, the bill was reworded to move the date for choosing presidential electors to the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The period between Election Day and the first Wednesday in December is always 29 days. The effect of the change was to make November 2 the earliest day on which Election Day may fall.

In 1845, the United States was largely an agrarian society and farmers often needed a full day to travel by horse or carriage to vote. Tuesday was established as election day because it did not interfere with the Sabbath according to the Bible or with market day, which was on Wednesday in many towns.

Many people today object to Tuesday as Election Day because they feel it decreases voter turnout because it is a day when many people are at work or in school. However, the tradition continues to this day.

Principal Amanda Johnson stands on stage waiting for students to find seats while Council Member Jimmy Flannigan and Commissioner Cook stand behind her.

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Commissioner Cook Participates in 2018 United Way of Williamson County Day of Caring

Event was held Friday, Sept. 28 throughout the county

  • 2 October 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3828

Commissioner Cook is pulling weeds in raised garden plots at Hernandez Middle School with students and volunteers.Several volunteers from area businesses and organizations worked at Hernandez Middle School in Round Rock to clean out weed-filled raised garden beds and place topsoil in each bed.

Commissioner Cook sweeps the edges of the raised beds after the topsoil was placed in each. Click on Read More for more photos.

Commissioner Cook Participates In Mental Healthand Substance Abuse Forum on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

Forum held at the Round Rock Presbyterian Church

  • 2 October 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3616

Gordon Butler, Director of Pavilion Clubhouse in Round Rock, is introducing the panel for the Mental Health Forum seated at the front of the church that includes Commissioner Cook.Commissioner Cook answers a question from the moderator on access to treatmentand recovery for people with substance abuse and/or mental health problems.The topics ranged from how mental health and substance abuse are issues to the community, frequent incarceration of those with mental illness and substance abuse, affordable housing for people in recovery, access to treatment and recovery, impact on the families of those battling substance abuse and suffering from mental illness, and the suicide rate among this population, which is also high for veterans.

The panel examined how faith communities can be a part of the solution, including information and education to help clergy and parishioners.

Commissioner Cook Encourages Williamson County Residents To Get Their Flu Shots

Flu Shots were offered at the Williamson County Employee Health Festival on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018

  • 27 September 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3736

Commissioner Cook is all smiles posing with a Wilco Health District employee as she waits in line for her flu shot Commissioner Cook is still all smiles as a nurse from the Wilco Health District holds up the flu vaccine injection.Commissioner Cook groans as she receives the flu vaccine.

The Williamson County and Cities Health District offers Flu Vaccines Free for uninsured adults and TVFC-eligible children ages 6 months and older.

See Locations and Hours for WCCHD clinic locations, phone numbers, and hours of service. We recommend that you make an appointment.

  • When you get vaccinated you help protect those around you at risk for severe illness and who may not be eligible to receive flu vaccine
  • Flu vaccine does not cause flu-like symptoms
  • The flu shot provides protection in about two weeks
  • High-dose flu vaccine is available for individuals age 65 and older.  It contains four times as much antigen as the regular flu shot and affords seniors a greater antibody response
  • No vaccine is 100% effective.  Although you may still get the flu after being vaccinated you are less likely to have severe symptoms and complications from the illness

DSHS recommends everyone six months old and older get vaccinated. People should talk to their health care provider about the best type of flu vaccine for them. 

People are urged to follow standard illness-prevention steps:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes;
  • Stay home if sick

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Commissioner Cook Joins City of Round Rock and TxDOT to Celebrate Opening of New I-35 Ramps at McNeil Rd. and RM 620

Ribbon Cutting Held Sept. 5, 2018

  • 10 September 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3725

The project included construction of braided ramps (where one ramp crosses over the other) along the northbound I-35 mainlanes between Hester’s Crossing and RM 620 to enhance safety and mobility along I-35 between U.S. 79 and SH 45 North.  Commissioner Cook wrote and read the poem below for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Commissioner Cook cuts the ribbon with Terry McCoy, Texas Department of Transportation Austin District engineer. Also participating were Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan and others involved with the project.Over, Under and Thru                                                                                         Commissioner Cook reads the poem she wrote.

Commerce, shopping, sports, the arts,

it is our road for everything.

One of the busiest, yes, we face congestion,

wrecks and some missing car parts,

but we all agree one option’s better than nothing.

Our daily routine has long been to hurl

in traffic as moving darts,

weaving, braking, avoiding a ding.

Gulping down coffee, developing indigestion

in traffic with stops & starts,

tapping fingers on the wheel to music or something.

But a plan at TxDOT brewed and unfurled

as relief for racing hearts as

at 70 cars are all merging.

This design planned to give us collision reduction.

Gone will be visual arcs,

merging frenzies, rapid lanes slides and frantic braking.

Beams one hundred fifty feet long,

these huge joists carry us far

past the jammed highway traffic slowing

Over, under, away from the highway seduction.

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