Incumbent Vern Lyssy beats 2 opponents in commissioner race

Elena Watts By Elena Watts

March 4, 2014 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

PORT LAVACA - Incumbent Vern Lyssy, 50, beat two opponents to gain the Democratic Party nod for Calhoun County commissioner, Precinct 2.

He beat Michael Balajka, 48, and William J. "Bill" Swope, 60.

"The most important work in my precinct is to continue the road projects," said Lyssy, who has been county commissioner for eight years. "Our roads are in bad shape, but the majority should be fixed this year and next with state and local money."

Lyssy attributed his success to the help he received from his supporters.

"They believed in me," he said. "I'm relieved, physically drained and glad it's over."

Lyssy's supporters helped him with financial contributions and canvassing.

"I can't thank the voters enough," Lyssy said. "Especially that they got out and voted in this weather."

In 2011, Lyssy and Calhoun County were sued by Amanda Guillen, a former employee.

She claimed that Lyssy filmed her undressing in her office with a hidden camera and that he fired her in 2010 after she complained about it to County Judge Mike Pfeifer.

Guillen received $125,000 in an out-of-court settlement, according to a copy of the agreement received by the Victoria Advocate after the attorney general's office ruled it a public document and Calhoun County stalled for months.

Lyssy will not have a Republican Party opponent in the November election.



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