McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna drew on campaign reserves to outspend his Republican primary opponent, but challenger Barry Johnson holds the edge for fundraising in recent months, according to campaign finance reports.
Reyna spent more than $91,000 on his re-election campaign between late January and late February. Johnson has spent a little more than $36,000.
Two weeks of early voting ended Friday, and Election Day is Tuesday for the Republican primary for district attorney, several other local and state primaries, contested U.S. senate primaries for both parties and a contested Democratic primary for U.S. House District 17.
Candidates in the primary submitted their last campaign finance report before Election Day, detailing how much each donor gave and how candidates spent the money.
Reyna spent $91,342.18 between Jan. 26 and Feb. 24, according to his campaign finance report. More than $69,000 of that went to Austin-based KC Strategies LLC for consulting, advertising, TV airtime, phone banks and other advertising measures. The company’s focus is promoting Republicans candidates at all levels of government, according to its website. The company’s website includes a partial list of current and former clients, including Reyna, County Court-at-Law Judge Brad Cates and county commissioners Kelly Snell, Ben Perry and Will Jones.
Reyna spent $116,538 on the campaign from July 1 through Feb. 24, according to his last two finance reports. During that time, he received $39,708 in campaign contributions. Reyna started this campaign season with more than $100,000 in his campaign fund, raised before July 1.
Johnson spent $36,125 between Nov. 9 and Feb. 24, according to his last two finance reports. During that time, he received $49,244 in campaign contributions.
Democratic challenger Seth Sutton suspended his campaign Feb. 13, too late to have his name removed from the March ballot.
Johnson or Reyna will face Daniel Hare, an independent, in the November general election.
Precinct 2 commissioner
Five people, including two Democrats and three Republicans, are running for the Precinct 2 county commissioner seat Commissioner Lester Gibson has held for 28 years.
Gibson has long been the only Democrat on the commissioners court and plans to step down at the end of his term in December.
Republican Donis “D.L.” Wilson, of Mart, has raised and spent the most during the race.
Wilson received $17,875 in campaign contributions and spent $18,935 from Aug. 23 through Feb. 24, according to his campaign finance reports.
Republican Gina Ford, of Axtell, received $3,050 and spent $6,319 from June 1 through Feb. 26, according to her reports.
Republican Vernon Davis, of Waco, has received no campaign contributions and spent more than $10,000 since Dec. 11.
Democrat Patricia “Pat” Chisolm-Miller, of Waco, received $5,282 and spent $4,999 from Oct. 2 through Feb. 24, according to her reports.
Democrat Norman Manning, of Waco, received $3,325 and spent $2,861 between Oct. 2 and Feb. 27.
Precinct 4 commissioner
Perry received $24,916 in campaign contributions and spent $14,952 between July 1 and Feb. 24, according to his campaign finance reports.
Priest received $5,950 and spent $12,353, according to her reports.
The candidate elected in March will take the seat Jan. 1 as there is no other challenger.
McLennan County commissioners make $96,284 a year.