Incumbent Candidates Dominate Fundraising
By Danny Guerra, KUT News
Newly filed campaign finance reports for Austin City Council and mayoral candidates show that incumbents have a big advantage in fundraising.
Mayor Lee Leffingwell has about $104,000 cash on hand. Challenger Brigid Shea has about $53,000 remaining in her campaign coffers. Council member Mike Martinez holds a huge fundraising advantage over challenger Laura Pressley. He has $92,000 compared to her $4,100.
Dominic Chavez has the most total cash of any challenger: $12,600. Tina Cannon has about $2,400. But both still lag behind Place 5 incumbent Bill Spelman’s $29,700.
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