VISD candidates offer thoughts on school merger, future during debate

From left, Henry Wood, David Steves and Mike Mercer listen as Victoria Chamber of Commerce president/CEO Randy Vivian explains the format of the school board forum at the University of Houston-Victoria.

A Victoria school board candidate continues to self-fund his campaign, according to campaign finance reports.

The three VISD candidates for Super District 7 – David Steves, Henry Wood and Mike Mercer – were required to submit their financial reports for April 4-26. The reports show contributions to their campaigns as well as expenses.

Voters will choose between the three for the only contested spot on the VISD board of trustees in the May 4 election.

Steves, a quality lab technician at Braskem America in Seadrift, reported no donations for the filing period. He spent $1,500 of his personal funds on advertising.

Wood and Mercer have raked in $3,330 combined in monetary donations as of April 26.

Wood, owner and operator of Wood Farms, has raised $1,530 from donors and has loaned himself $2,000. He has spent $2,415.55 on campaign flyers, mailing through the UPS Store and Facebook ads.

Mercer, who manages a construction company, raised $1,800 in monetary donations. He spent $1,131.71 on advertising.

Amber Aldaco reports on education for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at or 361-580-6303.

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Amber Aldaco is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She's covered various events in the Crossroads including a zoo rescue, a biker funeral and a state meeting with the governor. She enjoys singing with her significant other.

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