Documents submitted this week provide a first look at how much McLennan County candidates are raising and spending in preparation for the March primary and November general election.

Candidates vying for the district attorney’s seat, the county judge seat, or to represent Precinct 2 or Precinct 4 as county commissioners have submitted campaign finance reports to the elections office.

The campaign finance forms cover how much each donor has given and how the candidates have spent on the campaign. This round of reports covers the time between each candidate appointing a campaign treasurer and the end of last year.

Candidates will file updated reports 30 days and eight days before the election.

Early voting starts Feb. 20 for the March 6 primary.

The last day to register to vote is Feb. 5.

Precinct 2

Three Republicans will face each other in the March primary for the Precinct 2 county commissioner seat while two Democrats square off as they vie for a spot on the November ballot.

Precinct 2 will have a new elected official as Commissioner Lester Gibson steps down after almost three decades in the role.

Republican Donis “D.L.” Wilson, 53, of Mart, has raised the most among Precinct 2 candidates so far.

Wilson reported receiving $15,475 between Aug. 23 and Dec. 31. He has spent $10,424.65, according to his report. He received two large in-kind donations, including a signed guitar worth $500 from country and western singer Johnny Lee and a gun worth about $900 from Aaron Dieterich, of Dieterich Dozer.

Patricia “Pat” Chisolm-Miller, 58, a Democrat, of Waco, received $3,937 in campaign contributions between Oct. 2 and Dec. 31, according to her report. Chisolm-Miller spent $2,998.01 during that time. Her largest contribution was $1,350 from Robert Miller, of Waco.

Gina Ford, 44, a Republican, of Axtell, received $2,550 in campaign contributions and spent $3,049 between Oct. 2 and Dec. 31, according to her report.

Ford’s largest donations were $500 from Stuart Redding, of Waco, president of Specialty Restoration of Texas; $500 from Ellen Derrick, of Waco, a realtor with Kelly Realtors; and $500 from Damon Reed, of China Spring, an attorney.

Vernon Davis, 58, a Republican, of Waco, received no contributions and spent $6,547.82 between Dec. 11 and Dec. 31.

Norman Manning, 67, a Democrat, of Waco, received $2,375 and spent $1,468.97.

Precinct 4

Two Republicans will face off in the March primary for the Precinct 4 county commissioner seat.

Mel Priest, 53, of Waco, is challenging incumbent Ben Perry, 55, of Waco, for the seat.

Priest raised $2,080.09 between Oct. 2 and Dec. 31 and spent $1,712.42, according to her campaign finance report. Her largest donation was $1,000 from Philip Lowry, of Crawford, who is retired, according to the report.

Perry received $9,700 in campaign contributions and spent $1,000 between July 1 and Dec. 31, according to his campaign finance report. His largest contribution came from Rick or Debbie Hines, of China Spring. No business was listed for the Hineses.

County judge

Two people are challenging Republican County Judge Scott Felton, 73, for his seat at the head of the commissioners court.

Neither Democrat Rick Allen, 64, or George Horsley, 50, a Libertarian, submitted a campaign finance report.

Between July 15 and Dec. 31, Felton received no contributions, according to his campaign finance report. He spent $2,794.97.

The balance of Felton’s maintained political contributions as of the last day of the reporting period was $14,562.18.

District attorney

Two Republicans will face off in the March primary for the district attorney seat, and the winner will then face a Democrat and an Independent in the November general election.

Incumbent Abel Reyna, 45, a Republican, of Waco, raised the most during this round of reporting of anyone seeking a McLennan County office. He received $17,265 in contributions and spent $23,226 between July 1 and Dec. 31. Reyna’s largest contributions during that time from included $2,000 from Wesley Waller, of Robinson; $750 from John Snapp, of Bruceville; and $620 from Robert Hyde, of Hewitt. No occupation was listed on the report for those three donors.

The balance of Reyna’s maintained political contributions as of the last day of the reporting period was $101,499.21.

Fellow Republican Barry Johnson, 61, a Republican, of Waco, received $15,075 in contributions and spent $9,076.17 between Nov. 19 and Dec. 21.

Johnson’s largest contributions included $5,000 from Buddy Collier, of McGregor, Leland Collier Electric owner; and $5,000 from Deane Johnson, of Waco, who is retired.

Democrat Seth Sutton, 43, of Waco, received $3,350 in contributions and did not spend any money between Dec. 12 and Dec. 31. Sutton’s largest contribution was $2,500 from Sharon Fowler, of Eddy. No occupation was listed for Fowler.

Independent Daniel Hare, 39, of Hewitt, received no contributions and spent $143.67 between Dec. 8 and Dec. 31.

Cassie L. Smith has covered county government for the Tribune-Herald since June 2014. She previously worked as a reporter for the Beaumont Enterprise and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. Smith graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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