A construction company manager will become the newest member of the Victoria school district board of trustees.

In unofficial final vote totals Saturday, candidate Mike Mercer won with 2,464 votes, or 65% of the votes.

“I’m happy with the results,” Mercer, 49, said, adding that he is humbled and “I look forward to working with the best of VISD. I look forward to putting our students first.”

Henry Wood, a longtime 4-H and FFA volunteer, trailed behind with about 26% of the votes, while David Steves, 42, a quality lab technician at Braskem America in Seadrift, had about 9% of the votes.

Wood, 59, complimented and congratulated Mercer.

“I appreciate the community support and the opportunity to share ideas and find new ways to create a better future for our community,” Wood said about final results. “I look forward to seeing Mr. Mercer work with the board.”

Steves could not be reached for comment.

Current board member Michael DiSanto did not seek reelection.

The school board canceled the elections in District 1 and District 6 because the candidates were unopposed. Kevin VanHook, who represents District 1, and Margaret Pruett, who represents District 6, were declared elected.

Mercer, who has spent several years being involved in the Victoria school district as a parent, said he would help the board with outreach efforts to be more imbedded in the community.

Amber Aldaco reports on education for the Victoria Advocate. She may be reached at aaldaco@vicad.com 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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