Dallas Municipals: Where's the Money?

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Now that January 15 has come and gone, the campaign finance reports are in for Dallas City Council candidates.  In this article we are going to be looking at some of the new faces that have announced their candidacy since our last blog post, plus review the reports filed with the Dallas City Secretary.  We will also briefly touch upon the Redistricting Trial that would affect the 2013 City Council maps.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working with Delia Jasso (District 1) and Bobby Abtahi (District 14) as Data Manager and Technology Consultant.

Article Update (1/21/13): The original problem with Councilors Tennell Atkins and Carolyn Davis reports have been fixed so they are now visible online.  I have updated the table in this article to list their report totals.  City Hall Blog from the Dallas Morning News also published an article today stating that Ori Raphael is continuing his campaign.

Find out who's running and how much they have in the bank below the jump.

New Faces Jumping into the Pool

Since our last post, several new faces have thrown their hats into the ring for the City Council elections.  It appears that there will be several hotly contested and well-funded races.  The last open seat election for District 13 was one of the most expensive in Dallas City Council history, and now at least two well-heeled candidates have decided to run for this seat.  The newly created Hispanic-opportunity district could have its currently only candidate run uncontested if no one else jumps in.

Jesse Diaz (District 5, Open Seat): District 5 is a new Hispanic-opportunity district in Pleasant Grove, which is in the Southeastern part of Dallas below I-30.  Jesse Diaz, a local realtor and political activist, has been discussing a possible run for this Council seat for over a year among Hispanic community activists.  No other challengers have yet stepped forth so it is possible that Jesse could run uncontested.  This won't be the first time that Jesse has run for political office.  In 2010, Jesse ran for Dallas DISD District 4 but ultimately lost to Nancy Bingham.

Subrina Brenham (District 8, incumbent Tennell Atkins): Subrina announced just a week ago that she was going to be challenging incumbent Tennell Atkins.  Subrina is a business owner who runs Subrina's Tax Service and Highland Hills Beauty Supply.  According to the Dallas Morning News announcement, Subrina has also taken issue with some Korean owned businesses in the district for not selling fresh produce and opening a beauty supply store near her own store.

Lee Kleinman (District 11, Open Seat): Lee Kleinman is a board member of the Parks and Recreation Department since 2007 and was appointed by term-limited District 11 councilor, Linda Koop.  Lee has a background in business.  His partisan voting history shows 3 Republican Primaries and 1 Democratic Primary (2008), which is not unexpected given District 11's wide overlap of heavily Republican State House seats.

Ori Raphael (District 11, Open Seat): Ori filed a Treasurer's Appointment with the City Secretary.  While his CTA leaves District blank, Ori is currently registered to vote in District 11.  Ori is 29 years old and has a Republican Primary voting history. Hopefully, more info will come available as the Filing Period comes closer to opening.  Update: Ori closed his campaign committee after raising over $10,000 in contributions.  So Lee Kleinman is now presently unchallenged in his bid for District 11.  Update 2 (1/21/13): While Ori filed a “Designation of Final Report” in his January 15 report, a blog article published today in the Dallas Morning News' City Hall Blog indicates that he is continuing his campaign.

Jennifer Staubach Gates (District 13, Open Seat): Jennifer Staubach Gates announced her candidacy for District 13 after current incumbent, Ann Margolin, chose not to seek re-election.  Jennifer is a registered nurse and the daughter of Dallas Cowboys great Roger Staubach who was a big supporter of Mayor Mike Rawlings in 2011.  Former District 13 candidate, Brint Ryan, has also thrown in his support for Jennifer, and her finance reports show that she has hired local Republican consultants Allyn Media who worked on Brint Ryan's 2009 campaign.  In 2011, Allyn Media also worked for mayoral candidate Mike Rawlings.

Leland Burk (District 13, Open Seat): Leland Burk is a local businessman who has also announced his intention to run for District 13.  Leland has received the endorsements of both Ann Margolin and her predecessor Mitch Rasansky.  District 13 covers some of the most expensive areas of Dallas County so this is likely to shape up to be an expensive race for all parties involved.  Leland's finance reports show that he has retained CP Henry of Graphics Management, a local Republican consulting firm,  who worked on Ann Margolin's 2009 campaign.  In 2011, CP Henry worked for mayoral candidate David Kunkle.

Richard P. Sheridan (District 13, Open Seat): Richard P. Sheridan filed a CTA with the City Secretary to run in the 2013 elections, which will be the fourth time he has run for office.  Richard originally ran in 2005 for City Council, again in 2007 for Mayor, and most recently in 2011 against Ann Margolin.  Richard has previously been in the news, such as when he was kicked out of a Dallas County Commissioner's Court meeting, protested outside the Commissioner's Court against John Wiley Price, and called for the ending of the FED and IRS.  Richard has also written statements supporting the 9/11 Truth Movement.

Dallas Redistricting Lawsuit Dropped

In late December, the lawsuit filed regarding the 2013 Dallas City Council maps was dropped by its plaintiffs.  This will prevent a potential redistricting court battle from causing a repeat of the 2012 Primary fiasco on a local Municipal level.  Unfortunately, this keeps current lines as they are which means that incumbent City Councilors Delia Jasso (District 1) and Scott Griggs (District 3) now have to fight over who represents the new District 1.

The new map leaves the Dallas Hispanic community with 4 Hispanic-opportunity districts: District 1 (Delia Jasso), District 2 (Pauline Medrano), District 5 (No Incumbent), District 6 (Monica Alonzo).  District 10 could be considered a potential coalition seat, but most of the minority population outside of Hamilton Park/Stults Road area are non-voting apartment residents.

January 15 Finance Reports

As mentioned earlier, the semiannual campaign finance report filing deadline of January 15 has come and gone.  The City Secretary has posted the latest campaign filings on their website.  I have ???? for both Dwaine Caraway and Carolyn Davis' Cash On Hand because their last 2 reports showed $0.00 even when contributions exceeded expenditures.

The below table shows the reported totals for contributions, loans, and expenditures from July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.  The Cash On Hand value is the balance left over as of December 31, 2012.

–Dist– –Candidate– –Contributions– –New Loans– –Expenditures– –Cash On Hand–
1 Delia Jasso $20,080.00 $0.00 $2,496.49 $26,193.20
1 Scott Griggs $0.00 $0.00 $1,009.84 $11,608.72
2 Ricky D. Gonzales $0.00 $0.00 $56.68 $0.00
2 Herschel Weisfeld $9,235.00 $0.00 $3,246.63 $5,988.37
3 Vonciel Hill Jones $13,790.00 $0.00 $3,924.08 $36,080.09
4 Dwaine Caraway $1,500.00 $0.00 $2,500.00 ????
5 Jesse Diaz Announced January 4 so no 2012 campaign report
6 Monica Alonzo $12,125.00 $0.00 $9,303.36 $6,984.54
7 Carolyn Davis $3,370.00 $0.00 $837.11 ????
8 Tennell Atkins $10,850.00 $0.00 $12,425.00 $1,763.00
8 Subrina Brenham $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
9 Sheffie Kadane $16,925.00 $0.00 $5,532.58 $19,976.66
10 Jerry Allen $0.00 $0.00 $4,781.73 $4,442.21
10 Matthew T. Shuman Did not file January 15 report
11 Lee Kleinman $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
11 Ori Raphael $10,250.00 $0.00 $0.00 $10,250.00
12 Sandy Greyson $0.00 $0.00 $75.00 $5,946.65
13 Jennifer Staubach Gates $23,850.00 $30,000.00 $21,000.00 $31,350.00
13 Richard P. Sheridan $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
13 Leland Burk $19474.55 $0.00 $19,451.63 $13,832.80
14 Bobby Abtahi $60,225.00 $0.00 $419.99 $59,808.01
14 Philip Kingston $26,306.73 $0.00 $3273.56 $23,033.17
14 Jim Rogers $20,369.81 $0.00 $2001.83 $17,352.32
14 Jill Liimatainen $0.00 $2,000.00 $645.61 $1,354.39

About Author

I have been working in the Information Technology field since 1995, and have worked for dotcom startups, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit institutions. I specialize in database technology, application development, system integration, and their underlying processes to ensure integrity of stored data and hosting systems. I first became politically active in 2008, and was surprised by the dearth of experienced IT professionals that work with political candidates and campaigns on a professional or volunteer basis.

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