Runoff candidate raises 10 times more than incumbent

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

June 12, 2013 at 1:12 a.m.
Updated June 13, 2013 at 1:13 a.m.

In the runoff for Victoria City Council Super District 5, one candidate is taking the lead as far as campaign contributions are concerned.

Newcomer Andrew Young reported in the most recent round of campaign finance data that he has brought in $23,583 since March, with close to half coming since the runoff was declared.

He said his donors come from a wide range of backgrounds.

"I treat everybody with respect - it doesn't matter what your skin color is, what your last name is or what your bank account is," he said. "The amount of support that I have received shows that people don't just want a change, but a positive change, and are ready for leadership."

Young has spent $13,593 on his campaign so far. His opponent, incumbent Joe Truman, has spent $4,138.

When early voting closed Tuesday, 864 people had cast ballots, representing 5.7 percent of the the total voters in that district.

Election Day is Saturday.

Truman reported $833 in contributions and $1,462 in expenses from May 3 to June 6.

According to his finance reports dating back to the start of his campaign, Truman has taken in $5,565 and spent $4,138.

He said he has been conscientious with his spending.

"I had to get a loan from my brother to continue forward on these things, but I wanted to stay in the fight and take it to its conclusion," he said.

Truman said he spends his campaign money like he spends tax dollars: "Every dime is precious, and I want to get every bang I can."

"I'm glad the end is near," he said. "I really appreciate all the kind words and the work (my volunteers) have been doing for me."



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