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Two of the three candidates running for a spot on the Victoria school board have raked in a little more than $6,500 combined in cash as of March 31.

The three VISD candidates – Mike Mercer, Henry Wood and David Steves – were required to submit their latest financial reports last month, which show contributions to the their campaigns as well as expenses.

Voters will have to choose among the three candidates to represent Super District 7 on the Victoria school board in the May 4 election.

Mercer, who manages a construction company, has raised the most cash so far, with $5,310 in monetary contributions. He has also received more than $1,300 in in-kind donations. Mercer has spent a little more than $2,215 of his political contributions on advertising expenses.

Wood, owner and operator of Wood Farms, has raised $1,230 in cash. He also loaned himself $2,000 on March 21. Wood spent $1,607.97 on signs, buttons, a website and campaign advertising video and invitations, according to his report.

Steves, a quality lab technician at Braskem America in Seadrift, reported no donations so far. Steves has spent $1,521.78 of his personal funds on advertising expenses.

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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