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Ginger Nelson Leads City Council Fundraising Pack

Mayoral candidate Ginger Nelson is leading the fundraising race for the Amarillo City Council.

At the 5pm deadline for campaign finance reports today, mayoral candidate topped the competition with $95,221.63 in contributions for this filing period. Nelson also reported the support of the Amarillo Matters PAC, but did not itemize an amount. Mayoral candidate Renea Dauntes is stuck by her pledge of "no money in, no money out" by filing a campaign finance report showing a balance of zero dollars. James F. Lowder II did not file a campaign finance report by the deadline today.

In the race for Amarillo City Council Place 1, incumbent Elisha Demerson has outraised his opponent, Elaine Hays, with a total of contributions at $20,355. Demerson also reported a loan from Amarillo National Bank for $5,000. Hays picked up $7,760 in contributions for her campaign.

For Amarillo City Council Place 2, Freda Powell leads the fundraising charge over her opponent, insurance broker James J. Schenck. Powell raised $20,774.61. James Schenck raised $5,930 and reported $1,500 in loans from himself and his wife.

City Council Place 3 candidate Eddy Sauer outraised his opponent, Tom Warren II. Sauer raised $44,024.61 and reported having $2,000 in loans. Warren reported $5,056.91 in donations, during the donation period.

And in the race for City Council Place 4, Howard Smith is the only candidate to raise money. Smith raised $25,619.61, while incumbent Mark Nair raised zero during the period. But Nair did report a balance of $147.40 that was left from his previous campaign.

Others that filed campaign finance reports include the retiring Mayor Paul Harpole and Councilmember Randy Burkett.

Over the filing period, Mayor Harpole raised nothing, but did donate the remainder of his campaign balance between Freda Powell, Eddy Sauer, and Howard Smith. Harpole donated $224.61 to each of the candidates.

Incumbent Place 3 Councilmember Randy Burkett reported a balance of $4,347 with no expenses.

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