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Let the Campaign Filings Begin (Ctd)

January 19, 2012 Politics-2012 No Comments

Some updates on yesterday’s post

HD136 … I stand corrected on Mano DeAyala. He’s showing over $144k raised and $106k on hand. That leads the pack in a pretty strong field of candidates that at least a few people have cast a ballot for in elections past. I’d still rank him as an underdog, but he’s a very well-financed one.

HD137 … Joe Madden gets his report in and shows just over $10k on hand.

HD144 … Ken Legler gets his report in: $34k on hand.

A few more Harris County filing totals to highlight:

HD131

                      RAISED       SPENT          ON HAND
----------------------------------------------------------
Alma Allen          $5,565.00    $14,542.75     $18,764.13
Wanda Adams             $0.00     $4,697.82     $59,572.22

HD146

                      RAISED       SPENT          ON HAND
----------------------------------------------------------
Borris Miles          $15,900      $2750.00      $6,800.08
Al Edwards              $0.00         $0.00      $1,199.64

Adams’ money lead over Allen is pretty impressive. I’d probably have to peg Allen as a better campaigner in that one. We’ll see what the voters think, though. My hunch is that it gets more even in terms of resources. They should be at parity on dollars spent when it’s all said and done. The dollar figures on Miles and Edwards is a bit misleading. Miles will have whatever resources he feels he needs – he can either raise it or write the check. The question for Edwards is whether he’ll have the people driving his campaign that do all the work for him like Sylvester Turner has done in years past. If other people think Edwards is pushing it this time around, this could be the election where he becomes an afterthought. All that said, either new configuration for HD146 could show some interesting new twists.

District Attorney

                      RAISED       SPENT          ON HAND
----------------------------------------------------------
Mike Anderson           $0.00         $0.00          $0.00
Pat Lykos         $194,598.71    $40,927.94    $320,551.54

I’m not sure what Anderson can bring to the table in terms of resources, but given the high profile of his challenge, I’m just assuming he hasn’t gotten around to holding a fundraiser yet.

Tax Assessor

                      RAISED       SPENT          ON HAND
----------------------------------------------------------
Mike Sullivan       $8,200.00    $14,629.25     $53.641.89
Don Summers             $0.00     $2,788.56      $3,921.11

Interesting. Just interesting.

Harris County Sheriff

                      RAISED       SPENT          ON HAND
----------------------------------------------------------
Adrian Garcia     $187,726.78    $37,531.56    $302,290.00
Carl Pittman       $13,039.00    $25,178.31     $28,907.02
Paul Day                $0.00         $0.00          $0.00
Harold Heuszel          $0.00         $0.00          $0.00
Louis Guthrie      $96,690.00    $35,590.87     $21,641.03
Ruben Monzon       $33,250.23    $18,336.49     $14,913.74

All listed here but Garcia are running in the GOP primary. I have no idea what to expect from that electorate among the crew listed on their ballot. But it’s nice to see Garcia start off with a healthy advantage.

Constable – Pct 1

                      RAISED       SPENT          ON HAND
----------------------------------------------------------
Alan Rosen         $43,500.00     $5,923.87     $37,313.67
Quincy Whitaker     $5,475.00    $18,260.84          $0.00
Grady Castleberry   $3,741.06     $9,908.66      $4,568.00
Cindy Vara-Leija   $22,765.71     $3,256.01     $15,508.37

This could become more interesting if the “caretaker” appointed to Pct. 1 decides he’s got the itch to run for election. But this is going to be an eventful field to watch since the district – and the primary electorate in particular – is a bit of a catch-all with no clear distinct tilt favoring any particular candidate. The precinct includes Acres Homes, part of Fifth Ward, Northside, and much of the Anglo Dem belt inside the loop. And you’ve got a field of candidates that appeal to every corner of that precinct.

There are a few contests that I drew the line at researching just for the interests of time and personal interest. If you’re truly interested in putting together a more thorough list or adding to this one, feel free. I need to think through some placement on the Almanac for the county races as soon as time permits. Here’s hoping that it permits sometime this year.

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