Victoria candidates reveal campaign finances

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

May 4, 2013 at 12:04 a.m.

Incumbent Mayor Will Armstrong invested more than $20,000 in his campaign, but winning a fourth term in office comes down to more than dollars.

According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed Friday at the Victoria City Secretary's office, the May election has already cost the 13 candidates vying for four seats $70,250. The January report was not available.

The reports include all campaign-related expenses including mailers, signs as well as food and drink for events.

Armstrong's biggest donor is himself. According to financial records, Armstrong gave himself a $5,000 loan, which he repaid April 15.

He also received several $1,000 donations from supporters including James and Karen Henry, a Dallas couple who are opening an olive orchard in Victoria; Exelon's Political Action Committee; Robert Hewitt Jr.; and Christopher and Amy Crane, of St. Charles, Ill.

"It's the voters who decide the success of the candidate, not the amount of money," Armstrong said. "These elections are not for sale for any price."

His largest single expense is advertising. He wrote a $2,000 check to Lamar Outdoor Advertising on April 6 and a $1,980 check to Chris Nicholson on Feb. 19 for campaign consulting.

That same consultant also received a $1,210 check from Super District 5 candidate Andrew Young on April 20 as reimbursement for campaign signs.

To date, Young is leading the Super District 5 race in revenue. He has raised $12,788.

"As far as the contributions that I've received, the support I've received is very humbling," he said. "I think it's an indication that people trust me and want to see a change in our City Council."

Jeff Bauknight, a candidate for District 3, has raised the most funds - $15,921 - according to the available records.

Bauknight did not return requests for comment.

Three candidates for mayor - Richard Deases, Paul Polasek and Omar Rachid - neglected to report their finances by the Friday deadline, as did Super District 5 incumbent Joe Truman.

Candidates not planning to raise more than $500 are not required to file a report.

Reports are due 30 days before an election and eight days before an election.

Every candidate except Deases has filed at least one report.



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