Mayoral candidates getting, using donations early
By Zach Lindsey
LAREDO MORNING TIMES
Three mayoral candidates have spent nearly $90,000 and raised about $93,000 for an election that is still two months away, according to available campaign finance reports.
Lindsey goes on to detail how much money each candidate has raised, according to reports filed July 15:
Gene Belmares $54,795; Mayor Raul Salinas $19,100; Jose A. Valdez Jr. $19,050
Municipal Court Judge Candidates Juan Caballero $9,508; Rosie Cuellar-Castillo $41,176; Madeline Lopez-Escoto $5,250; Charles Wise $ 2,005
City Council Dist. 1 Candidates Rolando Garcia $2,085; Mike Garza $10,200
City Council Dist. 2 Candidates Victor Garcia $9,650; Esteban Rangel $225
City Council Dist. 6 Candidates Emilio Martinez $300; B. Javier Mendoza $400; Orlando Navarro $5,100; Fred Santos $7,750
Some of these candidates have spent way more than they've raised. To get an idea of who has spent a lot of money, just drive around town to see who has the most signs posted. Of course money and a ton of signs posted around town don't win campaigns. To win, you have to have a good base, and above all, be likeable.
We'll see who prevails in 53 days.