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Nelson Raising Big Bucks Ahead of Showdown with Herman, Smith

Mayor Ginger Nelson is bringing in some big bucks ahead of the May 2019 election.

In a finance report filed with the Amarillo city secretary Monday, Nelson reported bringing in $76,950 from a period running from July to December 31st of last year. Nelson’s list included donations from several prominent business owners, attorneys, and politicos, as well other local individuals. Nelson also reported an in-kind contribution from her law office and an in-kind contribution from Nancy Seliger. Seliger is the wife of Texas Senator Kel Seliger, who narrowly survived a primary challenge last March.

Additionally, Nelson reported several payments to advertising firm No Box Creative, and to consultants Norfleet Strategies and Sylvia Nugent. Those two consultants are based out of Austin and Dallas, respectively.

Meanwhile, two of Nelson’s potential opponents filed treasurer reports. Tom Warren, an Amarillo businessman who has not yet announced whether he will run against Nelson, reported raising over $2,000, while also owing a loan of $2,000 to himself. Claudette Smith, who has announced her candidacy, reported no activity, and Richard Herman, Nelson’s second announced opponent, was not required to file a report on Tuesday.

Filing for a place on the ballot begins Wednesday. The elections will be held in May.

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