Houston Council Campaigns Cite Huge Cash-On-Hand

Burt Levine | 7/22/2015, 11:11 p.m. | Updated on 7/22/2015, 11:11 p.m.
With about 100 days to Election Day, November 3rd, Houston City Council campaigns are hot with cash-on-hand. While most reporting ...

With about 100 days to Election Day, November 3rd, Houston City Council campaigns are hot with cash-on-hand. While most reporting is pledged to who will be CEO when Mayor Annise Parker retires January 2nd, those running to serve as council members, the city’s legislative body, hit every check writer they could find before the June 30th required public reporting deadline.

Steve Costello is term limited from another run for At Large 1 and is running for Mayor. Tom McCasland hopes to succeed Costello, having served as Harris County Housing Authority CEO, cited $141,983.74 raised and $98,041.48 C-O-H. The Yale Law graduate that grew up at an Arizona Indian reservation faces Harris County Democratic Party Chair Lane Lewis. Lewis, a Charter School executive and former teacher, cited $104,769.22 contributions with $62,839.90 C-O-H. He campaigns hard with McCasland hardly seen. The race features Houston Community College Trustee Chris Oliver with $37,585 raised and C-O-H $23,671.56 and Georgia Provost’s $5,500 raised and C-O-H $4,548.65. Also in the race are Griff Griffin and Trebor Gordon declaring little in fundraising.

David Robinson running for his second At-Large 2 term raised $112,109.77 with C-O-H $135,680.60. Robinson faces two prior opponents including the incumbent he beat in the 2013 run-off Andrew Burks, who cited no money raised and no C-O-H, and Modesto Rivera, who he beat in the 2013 general election who also reported no money raised and no C-O-H.

Michael Kubosh running for his second At Large 3 term raised $63,205 with C-O-H $44,745,78. Kubosh faces GLBT activist John CB LaRue who raised $2,175.50 with C-O-H $218.89 and Democratic Party activist Douglas Peterson who raised $4,755.00 with C-O-H $4,120.00.

C.O. Bradford is term limited from another run for At Large 4. Amanda Edwards, with Emory and Harvard Law Degrees, hopes to fill the At Large 4 seat. She cited $165, 958.66 raised with $118,185.79 C-O-H. She faces Laurie Robinson, MBA. Robinson, a business owner and leaders in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Houston Partnership and the NAACP cited $43,043 raised and $26,719.59 C-O-H. Also in the race are Matt Murphy, Roy Morales and Jonathan Hansen declaring little in fundraising.

Jack Christie running for his third and final At Large 5 term allowed by city charter raised $124,350.00 with $100,281.68 C-O-H. Christie faces GLBT activist Phillipe Nassif who raised $73,074.20 with $12,838.63 C-O-H and African American businessman Tahir Charles, MBA, who reported no money raised and no money C-O-H.

Brenda Stardig is running for her third and final term for District A citing $85,075.00 raised and $113,897.79 C-O-H and the only candidate in her race to turn in a report.

Jerry Davis is running for his third and final term for District B citing $96,430.00 raised and $161,587.40 C-O-H. He faces Earl White, who listed $950.00 raised and $1,070 C-O-H.

Ellen Cohen is running for her third and final term for District C citing $131,450.00 raised and $167,474.05 C-O-H. She faces Rice University/Texas Medical Center grants writer Jason Hochman, who reported no money raised and no C-O-H.

Dwight Boykins is running for his second term for District D citing $86,050.00 raised, $59,481.28 C-O-H and the only candidate in his race to turn in a report.

Dave Martin is running for his second term for District E. Martin raised $72,900.00, $94,758.89 C-O-H and is the only candidate in his race to turn in a report.

Richard Nguyen is running for his second term for District F citing $78,447.02 raised with $73, 347.49 C-O-H. Nguyen faces Steve Le, MD, owner of four medical clinics across east Texas. Le is citing $84,505 raised from a large array of more than 120 donors and $76.871.10 C-O-H.

Oliver Pennington is term limited from another term for District G. HCC Trustee, business and civic leader Sandie Mullins Moger is seeking to represent District G citing $17,470.00 raised and $8,617,60 C-O-H. Moger faces Greg Travis, who cited $16,635.00 with and $34,395.62 C-O-H.

Ed Gonzalez is term limited from another term for District H. Gonzalez’s protégé US Army Veteran and HPD Officer Jason Cisneroz is running to succeed Gonzalez’. Cisneroz cited $35,174.52 raised and $18,738.16 C-O-H. Cisneroz faces retired Houston Fire Fighter Roland Chavez, who cited $53,904.85 with $48,414.24 C-O-H. Also in the race is former HoustonISD Trustee Karla Cisneros, who raised $35,367.60 with $24,647.10 C-O-H, and former HCC Trustee Abel Davila, who cited $6,500 raised and $17453.74 C-O-H.

Robert Gallegos is running for his second term for District I citing $65,550 raised and $91,914.58 C-O-H and is the only candidate in his race to turn in a report.

Mike Laster is running for his third and final term for District J. Laster cited $87,261.00 raised and $157, 061.47 C-O-H. Laster faces Sharpstown Civic Club President Jim Bingham, who reported no money raised or C-O-H.

Larry Green is running for his third and final term for District K. Green cited $110,270 raised and $137, 117.78 C-O-H and is the only candidate in his race to turn in a report.

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