Wallets open as Election Day looms
By LPR Staff
In the final weeks before the Nov. 4, 2014, General Election, local candidates have turned up the heat, collecting more donations and spending more money on messaging in a final push for office.
Leading the way in local spending is Democratic Party nominee for Caldwell County Judge, Fermin Islas. A
ccording to an Oct. 6, 2014, campaign finance filing, Islas has collected $11,392 in campaign contributions and spent $5,576.24 on his campaign.
Many donations to Islas’s campaign came from individual donors spending $100 or less. However, seated congressman Lloyd Doggett contributed $500 to the campaign, as did retired businessman BR Magallanez. The Texas Democratic Women of Caldwell County chipped in $400, as did Ernest Nieto.
Islas reporting spending $1,659 locally at Printing Solutions, and another $2,922.88 at LasR Signs.
His Republican opponent, Kenneth Schawe, has collected $4,562.74, and spent $8,213.24 in his quest to fill the seat being vacated in January.
Schawe received $1,000 from the Republican Party of Texas, and $320 from the Caldwell County Republican Women. Bob and Peggy Duda, as well as Debra French, offered up $500 each, and Schawe has made a series of loans to his own campaign.
He spent $3,581.47 at LasR Signs, and $240.32 at Logos for campaign shirts. He also reported a variety of smaller expenditures for campaign events.
Incumbent Republican Precinct 2 Commissioner Fred Buchholtz is seeking reelection against Democrat Eddie Moses.
Buchholtz reported collecting $380 in campaign contributions during the reporting period, including $200 from Bob Duda and $180 from the Caldwell County Republican Women.
Buchholtz said he spent $5,060.69 during the reporting period, including $1,061 at Pages Printing in San Antonio, and$1,625 at the US Postal Service. He also purchased banners from Digital Banners Plus, of San Antonio, for $1,246.68.
Moses, on the other hand, collected $2,500 in campaign contributions and spent $2,239.88, much in the form of contributions to various fundraisers throughout Caldwell County.
The bulk of his campaign contributions, a total of $2,100, were donated by Moses himself, with an additional $400 funding infusion from the Texas Democratic Women of Caldwell County.
Moses spent $680.98 at LasR Signs and $320.25 at G&C Printing. He also purchased $407.81 worth of signs at K. Sangal Signs, in Schertz.
Darrell Scott, the Republican challenging Joe Roland’s tenure as Caldwell County Commissioner for Precinct 4 collected a total of $1,880, including $1,000 from the Republican Party of Texas and $500 from the Caldwell County Republican Party.
He spent $227.33 at Printing Solutions.
Roland, on the other hand, reported collecting campaign contributions of $1,800, including $500 each from Robert Kottler and Fred Hoskins, and $400 from the Texas Democratic Women of Caldwell County.
Though Roland reported upwards of $1,993 in campaign spending, he did not provided an itemized list of expenditures in his Oct. 6 report.
Incumbent Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Matt Kiely collected $780 in campaign contributions, including $500 from the Republican Party of Texas. He did not report any campaign expenditures during the reporting period.
His Democratic opponent, Rhoda Chavira, reported collecting $450 from the Texas Democratic Women of Caldwell County, and spending $504.16, including an undisclosed amount at LasR Signs.
Former Justice of the Peace for Precinct 3, Mary Alice Llanas, is attempting to reclaim her seat, and has collected $860 in campaign contributions, including $450 from the Texas Democratic Women of Caldwell County and $360 from Richard Polfus in that pursuit. She reported spending $346.40 at Sign Arts in San Marcos for her campaign signs.
Llanas is facing Republican Ben E. Brady, who has collected $2,482.50 and spent $718.50. Brady received $500 from the Republican Party of Texas, and $1,578.28 from the Caldwell County Republican Party. He spent $610 at A.G.E. Graphics.
Republican David LaPointe, a candidate for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, reported collecting $1,984 in contributions and spending $3,470.58 on his campaign.
Like other Republican candidates, LaPointe received $500 from the Republican Party of Texas, and $180 from the Caldwell County Republican Women. He also received a donation of $600 from Margie Smith.
LaPointe noted $570 in newspaper advertising, and $1,179.44 in printing expenses. He also spent $1,106.39 at LasR Signs.
LaPointe is facing incumbent Justice of the Peace Raymond DeLeon, who reported collecting $400 from the Texas Democratic Women of Caldwell County, and $406.69 in unitemized expenses.
As the election draws near, the candidates will continue to track and report their spending. Follow future editions of the Post-Register for news about campaign spending.