Candidates report campaign contributions

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Incumbent District Attorney Paul Johnson trailed his challengers in campaign fundraising last month but still has more than twice as much cash on hand as his two opponents combined heading into Tuesday’s primary election, according to campaign finance reports.

Johnson, 55, who has been district attorney for seven years, raised $2,150 between Jan. 1 and Jan. 23, including a $1,000 donation to himself, to bring his total contributions since July to $22,717. But he had nearly $43,000 cash on hand as of Jan. 23, according to the reports.

Challenger Karen Alexander, 37, a Lantana attorney, led the field once again in contributions, hauling in $6,385 for the period and more than $28,400 since July. She reported having nearly $7,000 on hand Jan. 23.

Hank Paine, 61, a Denton attorney, reported raising $2,250 during the Jan. 1 to Jan. 23 filing period, including two $1,000 donations from Denton residents. His total in collections since July is more than $12,550, and he reported having $2,431 on hand as of Jan. 23.

No Democrats filed for the position.

Here is a rundown of the other contested local races in Denton County. Not every candidate reported contributions for the filing period set by the state, meaning direct comparisons cannot always be made.

 

County judge

In the race for the Denton County judge’s position, incumbent Mary Horn pulled in $400 during the recent filing period, including a $100 donation to herself. Horn’s total contributions received since July are $15,350, and she reported having $13,186 on hand.

Horn, 68, is being challenged in her bid for re-election by Corinth Mayor Paul Ruggiere and Highland Village attorney Sherman Swartz.

Ruggiere, 48, had a surge of contributions during the January filing period and had collected $11,685 by Jan. 23. That brought his total contributions to $12,985, and he reported having $8,196 on hand.

Swartz, 55, has had the most money pass through his campaign, but it was in the form of a loan to himself. Swartz previously reported loaning his campaign $25,000 but did not take in any contributions in the January filing period and reported no cash on hand.

No Democrats filed for the position.

 

County clerk

In the Republican primary race for the open county clerk’s seat, Chief Deputy Clerk D’Lynne Shelton, 39, received $3,350 in contributions from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31.

Her opponent, county criminal clerk Juli A. Luke, 44, reported receiving $1,621 in contributions from Jan. 1 to Jan. 23.

Shelton’s total contributions since July were $3,850, and she reported $2,914 of that left as of Jan. 31. Luke raised a total of $11,996 and had $3,935 on hand as of Jan. 23 going into the home stretch of the campaign.

No Democrats filed for the position.

 

Precinct 4 justice of the peace

In the Precinct 4 justice of the peace race in the GOP primary, incumbent J.W. Hand continued to be outcollected by challenger Al Filidoro, although two other challengers trailed in contributions.

Filidoro, 61, a Flower Mound attorney, reported receiving about $2,574 in contributions from Jan. 1 to Jan. 23, to bring his total contributions since July to nearly $9,114. He reported having about $2,252 on hand as of Jan. 23.

Hand, 77, reported receiving $250 in contributions from Jan. 16 through Feb. 3, bringing his total to $1,600 since July. He reported having no money on hand Feb. 3.

Harris Hughey, 54, an attorney, again reported no contributions through Jan. 23, while Scott Smith, 59, who is self-employed, reported receiving $225 in contributions from Jan. 1 through Jan. 23. Hughey reported having no cash on hand, while Smith reported having $225 as of Jan. 23.

No Democrats filed for the position.

 

Precinct 5 justice of the peace

The leader of the fundraising pack in the scramble to replace the retiring Mike Bateman in the Precinct 5 justice of the peace race appears to be district attorney investigator Michael Oglesby.

Each of the six candidates reported collections for a different filing period, making comparisons inexact.

Oglesby, 54, reported raising $1,200 between Jan. 1 and Jan. 22, bringing his total collections since August to $5,750, according to his campaign report. He reported having $2,348 on hand as of Jan. 22.

Mike Sweet, 54, a property crimes detective with the Denton Police Department, reported raising only $40 in contributions in January through Feb. 3, bringing his total contributions since August to nearly $3,038. He reported having $131 on hand as of Feb. 3.

Cynthia Mitchell, 41, the current county clerk who opted to run instead for the JP seat, reported raising $2,050 between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31 through a Friends of Cynthia Mitchell Committee, bringing her total since July 1 to $2,150, with $406 on hand as of Jan. 31. She also filed paperwork showing the committee had collected $1,850 for a potential run for re-election as county clerk as of Dec. 31 and reported having $411 on hand for that race, although those funds cannot be used in the JP race.

Danny Spindle, 57, a Sanger municipal judge and a manufacturing production manager, reported receiving $1,000 in contributions between Jan. 16 and Feb. 24. He reported no contributions for the filing period that ended Dec. 31, and reported having about $59 on hand as of Feb. 24.

Michael Brucia, 54, a Denton businessman, reported receiving $120 between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, bringing his total contributions since August to $920. He reported having nearly $728 on hand as of Jan. 31.

Sanger businessman Paul Moore, 51, reported receiving no contributions from Jan. 15 to Feb. 3, bringing his total contributions since July to $479. He reported, however, having about $1,567 in cash on hand as of Feb. 3, and reported making more than $5,000 in political expenditures from personal funds between July and Feb. 3.

No Democrat filed for the position.

 

Precinct 6 justice of the peace

In the race to fill the open seat for Precinct 6 justice of the peace being vacated by incumbent Patty Larson, Tom Washington was the only candidate who reported receiving campaign contributions.

Washington, 57, an accountant from Carrollton, reported receiving $1,300 in contributions between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, bringing his total to $8,456 since July. He reported having $3,005 on hand as of Jan. 31.

Attorney Gary W. Blanscet, 63, also of Carrollton, reported nothing in contributions through Jan. 23 and no cash on hand.

No Democrats filed.

 

County Criminal Court No. 3

Incumbent Judge David Garcia, 55, reported no contributions in the filing period from Jan. 1 to Jan. 23, but he reported having $13,585 on hand as of Jan. 23. He previously had reported collecting $14,570 in contributions as of Dec. 31.

Challenger George Mitcham, 45, an attorney from Northlake, reported receiving $19,191 between Jan. 16 and Feb. 3, although a copy of his campaign report provided by the Denton County Elections Administration detailed contributions of only $2,900 during that period. He previously had reported receiving $17,491. The latest report indicated he had $6,345 cash on hand.

No Democrats filed for the seat.

 

County Criminal Court No. 5

In the race to fill the seat being vacated by incumbent Richard Podgorski, GOP primary candidate Coby Waddill, 43, an attorney, reported $4,900 in contributions between Jan. 1 and Jan. 23, bringing his total to $20,745. He reported having $13,133 on hand as of Jan. 23.

Opponent Victor “Vic” Rivera, 42, also an attorney, reported $2,690 in contributions from Jan. 15 through Feb. 2, bringing his total to $9,580.

No Democrats have filed.

 

Precinct 1 constable

Incumbent Precinct 1 Constable Jesse Flores trailed in campaign contributions behind GOP challenger Johnny W. Hammons in the latest filing period.

Hammons, 50, a retired deputy constable, reported about $6,020 in contributions from Jan. 15 to Feb. 3, bringing his total to $14,800. He reported having $7,160 in cash on hand as of Feb. 3.

Flores, 44, reported receiving $2,159 in contributions through a Friends of Jesse Flores committee, bringing the committee’s total contributions collected to $6,261.

No Democrat filed for the position.

 

Texas House District 64

Incumbent District 64 state Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton — who is facing a GOP primary challenger — raised $7,600 for the Jan. 1 through Jan. 23 filing period. A more recent filing report on the Secretary of State’s website for the period from Jan. 24 through Feb. 22 shows Crownover, 66, bringing in another $49,020.24. She reported having $224,617 on hand as of Saturday.

Her opponent, Denton insurance agent Read King, reported $3,832 in contributions for the Jan. 1 through Jan. 23 filing period and $14,465 from Jan. 24 through Feb. 22. He reported having $7,939 on hand as of Saturday.

No filing report was available for the Democratic Party candidate in the November general election, Emy Lyons, 45, a registered nurse.

The most recent campaign finance reports for the month of February were not available for all candidates.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.


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