Because We Have Nothing Better to Do Than Pore Over Campaign Finance Reports
Now that you've had time to chew on our analysis of the mayoral candidates' fund-raising prowess, we thought it was time to take a quick look-see at how the city council races are shaping up. Unfortunately, eight candidates still haven't filed their campaign finance reports online as of 2 p.m., so we'll have to update accordingly.
Photo by Sam Merten Donna Starnes raised more than former city council member Sandy Greyson in the race to succeed Ron Natinsky.
First off, it appears as though Monica Alonzo, the sister of State Rep. Roberto Alonzo, has a significant advantage in the race for the soon-to-be-vacant District 6 seat currently occupied by longtime council member Steve Salazar. Alonzo served as Salazar's campaign manager and Park Board appointee and has his endorsement. She raised $40,000 during the reporting period that ended April 4 compared to just $4,300 for Luis Sepulveda, who served as a Dallas County justice of the peace for 10 years. A measly 1,053 votes were cast in this district two years ago.
Tea Partier Donna Starnes raised $18,000 and loaned her campaign another $10,000 in an attempt to win the District 12 seat held by mayoral candidate Ron Natinsky. Meanwhile, former term-limited city council member Sandy Greyson raised $15,000 in her bid to recapture her old seat, and DART Board member William Tsao hasn't filed yet. [Update: Tsao raised $7,700 and loaned his campaign $47,000. Two of his contributions -- $2,000 from Keh-Shew Lu and $2,000 from Felix Chen -- violate Dallas City Code, Section 15A-2, which limits donations to $1,000 per election cycle.]
Perhaps the most vulnerable incumbent is District 3's Dave Neumann, who raised $38,000 and has $83,000 in cash on hand. Challenger Scott Griggs's report isn't available.
If Neumann isn't the incumbent in the most trouble, then Carolyn Davis has to hold that title, with just $10,000 raised and $7,600 spent. She reported no money in the bank (although there has to be at least $2,400) and listed a consulting payment to Marvine [sic] Crenshaw. Casie Pierce reported $6,200 in contributions and also reported a zero balance, although she spent only $4,000 of those funds. Helen McKinney reported zero contributions but somehow managed to expense $179.73 for Stapples [sic].
After the jump, links to other posted reports.
1. Dwaine Caraway (incumbent, unopposed): $13,500 raised (including $1,000 from Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins), no reported balance
1. Sheffie Kadane (incumbent): $27,700 raised (including $250 from state Sen. Royce West), $26,300 balance
2. Robert Foster: $0 raised
3. Kirk Launius: $45 raised, $45 balance
1. Jerry Allen (incumbent): $26,400 raised, $25,340 balance, $10,000 outstanding loan
2. Cynthia Durbin: $550 raised, no reported balance
1. Ann Margolin (incumbent): $45,600 raised, $112,200 balance, $99,000 outstanding loan
1. Vernon Franko: $0 raised, no reported balance, $22,400 outstanding loan
2. James Nowlin $51,100 raised, $26,000 balance
[Update: 3. Angela Hunt (incumbent): $28,700 raised, $27,000 balance]
4. Brian Oley: $1600 raised (including $1,000 from himself), $800 balance
*number next to each name represents ballot position