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Williamson County Reporter

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Allyson Ortegon is the Williamson County reporter for KUT. Previously, Allyson covered Texas politics and policy, and broadly, the Austin community, during internships and fellowships with KUT, The Alcalde Magazine and The Texas Tribune. She also covered the Texas Legislature for the Texas Newsroom, with stories running on NPR member stations around the state. She is an alumna of the NPR Next-Generation Radio Project, hosted by NPR and KUT.

Allyson graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a secondary concentration in business. She reported across radio, television and print media for student publications including The Daily Texan and Texas Student Television. She is originally from Cibolo, Texas, where she wrote for the Schertz Magazine, a local magazine near her hometown. She speaks Spanish and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. 

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Michael Minasi / KUT

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has challenged Round Rock City Council’s decision to move its May 2020 elections to May 2021.

Clockwise from top left: Renee Swan, Rick Kennedy, Pete Sessions and David Jaramillo, make up the four hopefuls to represent the sprawling 17th District in Congress.
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When Republican Congressman Bill Flores announced he was retiring, a large group of hopefuls jumped at the chance to represent Texas’ sprawling 17th Congressional District. The district includes parts of 12 counties — stretching from Pflugerville to Waco and east to College Station. Twelve Republicans and three Democrats were on the ballot in the March primary.

Now, we’re down to two from each party.

Donna Imam (left) and Christine Mann (right) are competing for the Democratic nomination in Texas' 31st Congressional District election.
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In 2018, MJ Hegar challenged Republican incumbent John Carter, who has represented Texas’ 31st Congressional District since 2003. Although she lost, the narrow race opened the door to future Democrats competing for Carter’s seat. Two candidates, Christine Mann and Donna Imam, say their personal careers have prepared them to unseat the longtime U.S. Representative, but only one will make it beyond the runoff ballot. 

A homemade face mask
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday requiring Texans to wear face coverings in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. But individual jursidictions differ in how they're carrying out face mask requirements. Officials in cities across Williamson County have issued orders with slight variations.