Ives ousts Victoria commissioner in Precinct 4
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VOTE TOTALSWayne Dierlam, D, 2,967 (46 percent)
Clint Ives, R, 3,532 (54 percent)
Minutes after learning he lost in Tuesday's General Election, Wayne Dierlam sat down, fiddled with his cell phone and called Clint Ives.
"Hey, Clint. Congratulations," Dierlam said. "I told you we'd have a smooth campaign, and we'll have a smooth transition. We'll go to lunch one day when you want to."
With 54 percent of the vote, Ives defeated Dierlam, the three-term, incumbent Democratic Victoria County commissioner from Precinct 4.
Precinct 4 represents the northeast portion of Victoria County.
"I'm not saying I'm not upset," Dierlam said. "In life, you have ups and downs. I just want to thank all the people I've served for the last 12 years. It has been my highest honor to serve."
Ives campaigned on having the energy, work ethic and drive to be an effective commissioner. On Tuesday night, Ives said he was exhausted.
"I'm going to bed, brother," he said, laughing. "Don't get me wrong, I feel great. But following the precinct votes coming in was absolutely maddening."
Despite the stress of a close race, Ives said he looks forward to transitioning to office. His focus as commissioner will be on jobs, economic development and keeping taxes low, he said.
Ives was born in Victoria and is a rancher and owner of Arenosa Construction and Fencing.
Ives graduated from Edna High School and attended The Victoria College.
Dierlam said during the campaign he offered voters the experience and wisdom that comes from serving in office for 12 years.
The native of Six Mile in Calhoun County also operates a liquid feed business.
Dierlam is a graduate of Bloomington High School and attended The Victoria College.
"I look forward to enjoying other things in life now," Dierlam said.
Ives, meanwhile, praised Dierlam for running a clean campaign.
"I think a lot of Mr. Dierlam," Ives said. "He and I agreed to sit down when the dust settles and work through a very civil, respectful transition. Now, we need to look at what has been done and what needs to be done."