Mandy Lingle wins Victoria I.S.D. Trustee District 4, Victoria I.S.D. bond fails

"We're just excited about the future of VISD" - Lingle

VICTORIA, Texas – In downtown Victoria, bond supporters gathered with food and drinks to watch the fate of the Victoria I.S.D’s 156.8 million dollar bond issue.

Despite the rain, voters came out today to have their voices heard in this joint general election.

On the ballot was the V.I.S.D. bond which would have cleared the way to rebuild two of the district’s oldest campuses, Stroman middle school and Mission Valley elementary.

It would have also provided district-wide repairs like better air conditioning, roofing, and plumbing.

Along with providing all elementary schools in the district with new playgrounds.

Right now, the Victoria I.S.D. has 15 schools with core facilities that are more than 50 years old.

The Victoria I.S.D Bond results are

  • For
    • 43.85%
    • 3,128 Votes
  • Against
    • 56.15%
    • 4,006 Votes

We spoke with Victoria I.S.D. Board Trustee, Mike Mercer, on the Victoria I.S.D bond not passing.

” You know, it’s a little disappointing, but at the same time it’s not discouraging what we learned throughout this entire process is that the community is invested in our schools. We just have a different way of thinking of the best way to move that forward. I think one of the best things that came out of this is the number of young people in our community, young professionals, young trade people in this town that stepped up and became a part of that conversation. This is the very first time in the history of V.I.S.D. that the community had a massive impact on what was presented to the public. In that respect, I think that regardless of the outcome of the election. That is an incredible big win, ” says Mercer.

A substitute teacher now holds a new title in Victoria I.S.D. Mandy Lingle was triumphant over Dale Zuck with 992 votes to his 926 and now holds the title of Victoria I.S.D Trustee, District 4.  Former Trustee, Ross Mansker did not attempt reelection.

Lingle began her day at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center waving at residents encouraging them to vote. She later held a watch party at The Club at Colony Creek Victoria where she was surrounded by family and friends as they awaited the election results. We spoke with her after the results were in to hear her thoughts on her victory.

” We are excited, Team Lingle pulled this out. We’re so excited, the community was behind us. We’re just excited about the future of V.I.S.D. All the opportunities and excitement going forward. I want to thank my supporters out there from family to parents, it was amazing, I could feel it. We’re just excited to work with the board going forward and tackling all the issues, that’s why I ran,” said Lingle.

For other election results, click here and here.