May 31 Campaign Finance Reports for Mayor and Council Runoff Races

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By Edmond Ortiz for NOWCastSA

Election runoff candidates submitted their latest campaign finance reports for the period covering April 25 and May 29 to the city clerk’s office by May 31.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg outpaced all other San Antonio City Council candidates in fundraising heading into the municipal election runoff. Early voting ended June 4. Election Day is June 8 for voters to choose a mayor and city council representatives in District 2, District 4 and District 6.

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The runoff race for Mayor of San Antonio

Ron Nirenberg’s report: In a period covering April 25 and May 29, Nirenberg raised $329,770 total in contributions and spent $321,754. He had a balance of $95,587 cash on hand going into the final days of his re-election campaign.

In this latest fund-raising period, notable contributors to Nirenberg’s campaign included $1,000 each from business owners Cappy and Suzy Lawton, Southwest Business Corp. chairman and co-founder Charlie Amato, Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Bruce Bugg, retired journalist Lynnell Burkett, and George Brackenridge Foundation Chairwoman Victoria Rico, and $500 from State Rep. Diego Bernal.

The first-term mayor finished the May 4 general election just shy of the 50% mark needed to avoid a runoff. He was 3 percentage points ahead of District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse, who surprised many political observers with his showing in the mayoral campaign, particularly with North Side voters.

Greg Brockhouse’s report: Brockhouse brought in $114,675 between April 25 and May 29, and spent $105,135 in the same timeframe. He had $28,531 cash on hand by the end of May.

Notable contributions to Brockhouse’s campaign this period include $1,000 each from the San Antonio Fire and Police Pension Political Action Committee (PAC), Cornerstone Church Executive Pastor Matthew Hagee, developers Mark Granados and Kevin Covey, and $750 from the Alamo Republican Women’s PAC.

City Council District 2

The District 2 race involves business owner and Army veteran Jada Andrews-Sullivan and former appointed Councilman Keith Toney, a Bronze Star Vietnam Veteran and retiree. In the general election, Toney received 26.9% of the vote, topping a field of eight candidates in the May 4 election. Andrews-Sullivan finished second with 21.4%.

Jada Andrews-Sullivan’s report: Andrews-Sullivan most recently raised $7,032 and spent $8,084. She had $1,905 available in cash. Her most notable contributions this fundraising cycle include $500 each from the Friends of (County Judge) Nelson Wolff and the law firm of Martin and Drought, $250 each from businessman/developer Zac Harris and District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino; and $200 from District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez.

Keith Toney’s report: Toney, in this cycle, raised $3,625 and spent $755. The report showed a zero for a current contribution balance. Notable contributors to Toney’s campaign this go-around include $500 each from attorney Jane Macon and the Texas Taxi PAC, $300 from businessman and East Side volunteer Mark Wittig, and $250 from the Southwest Laborers District Council PAC.

City Council District 4

Adriana Rocha Garcia is vying with Johnny Arredondo to succeed term-limited Councilman Rey Saldaña in District 4. Garcia, a professor at Our Lady of the Lake University, secured 47.3% of the vote on May 4. She was followed by Arredondo with 21.3%. He is a retired retail supervisor and a school basketball referee.

Adriana Rocha Garcia’s report: Garcia received $31,375 and spent $25,422 in the last reporting period. Her campaign has a contribution balance of $24,710. Her notable recent contributions include $1,000 from USAA executive Alice Garcia, $500 from the San Antonio Apartment Association, and $250 each from Rey Saldaña and the Southwest Laborers District Council PAC.

Johnny Arredondo’s report: Arredondo, this last fundraising period, collected $1,200 and spent $1,028. He has $1,247 cash on hand. Arredondo’s campaign had only four donors this period, most notably $100 from Jack Finger, renowned conservative critic of city government and regular attendee of council meetings.

City Council District 6

Attorney Melissa Cabello Havrda and Andy Greene are in the District 6 runoff to succeed Brockhouse. Havrda received nearly 47% in the May 4 election, followed by Greene, a business owner and former council aide, who totaled 35.1%. Havrda lost the 2017 runoff to Brockhouse.

Melissa Cabello Havrda’s report: In the last reporting period, Havrda raised $27,560 and spent $25,418. She had a balance of $9,282 by month’s end. Notable contributors to Havrda’s campaign this last period include $500 each from the San Antonio Fire and Police Pension PAC, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s re-election campaign and homebuilder Michael Beldon, $250 from Manny Pelaez, and $200 from State Rep. Ina Minjarez.

Andy Greene’s report: Greene raised $7,185 and spent $10,814 in the most recent reporting period. He has $11,179 cash on hand. His most notable contributions include $500 each from Wayne Peacock, USAA Property and Casualty Insurance president, and attorney Chris Pettit.