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The four men running to be Victoria’s next mayor have spent a combined $70,000 while running their campaigns, according to the candidates’ most recent campaign finance reports.

The latest campaign finance reports show that all four candidates have paid for routine purchases, like yard signs and advertising, but have also shelled out for more pricey expenses like consultants and catered events with voters.

Rawley McCoy, an architect, has spent almost $34,000, more than any other candidate. McCoy’s campaign has paid for consultants, advertising and event expenses. The candidate has also loaned himself $30,000 of his money to kick start his campaign, in addition to the contributions he’s received from supporters.

Vic Morgan, the former president of the University of Houston-Victoria, spend more than $20,000 as of Friday, according to his report. Like McCoy, Morgan paid for advertising, event expenses and consultants.

Insurance agent Brent Carter spent more than $13,000 throughout his campaign, according to his latest report.

Steve Meacham, a financial adviser, has spent almost $2,500 to advertise his campaign.

Candidates running for public office are required to submit a report detailing contributions and expenses eight days before the May 4 election. The candidates will be required to submit another report after the election, detailing any contributions or expenses made in the final week before voters head to the polls.

Voters have two days left to cast their ballots early before Election Day. On Monday and Tuesday, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., for early voting.

Two City Council seats and one board seat for the Victoria school district are also up for election.

Ciara McCarthy covers local government for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at cmccarthy@vicad.com or at 580-6597 or on Twitter at @mccarthy_ciara.

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Ciara McCarthy covers local government for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can contact her by emailing cmccarthy@vicad.com.

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