Candidates for Fort Worth school board collect cash for race

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With the election just days away, candidates seeking two spots on the Fort Worth school board reported spending thousands of dollars on their election efforts.

Candidates submitted campaign finance reports with details about how much money they have raised and what they’ve spent it during a one-month reporting period that ended Friday.

Early voting for Saturday’s election ends Tuesday.

In District 1, incumbent Carlos Vasquez reported raising $7,495 in political contributions and spending $14,664. He has $11,438 in cash and an outstanding loan of $32,000.

Contributors to Vasquez include: Juan and Nelda Perez, $5,000; attorney and Fort Worth City Council candidate Jim Lane, $150; Steve Grant, a Fort Worth school’s maintenance director, $350; and fellow school board member Christene Moss, District 3, $45.

Podiatrist Camille Rodriguez, who is challenging Vasquez, reported $8,059 in political contributions, $3,049 in expenses and $7,195 in cash on hand.

Rodriguez received $2,000 from the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors. Other contributors include: Steve Palko, former Fort Worth school board member, $400; and Martha Leonard, a Tarrant Regional Water District director, $200.

State Rep. Lon Burnham, who narrowly defeated Vasquez in the 2012 Democratic primary for Texas House District 90, gave Rodriguez in-kind donations for mailers and canvassing worth $4,209. Kathleen Hicks, a former City Council member who is running to get her seat back, gave $250.

No campaign finance report for a third candidate, Jacinto Ramos Jr., a juvenile probation officer, was posted on the Fort Worth school district’s website.

In District 9, Ashley Paz, who is challenging incumbent Juan A. Rangel Jr., collected more than her opponent during the reporting period. She reported $13,430 in contributions to Rangel’s $11,220. Neither have outstanding loans. A third candidate, Melody Palacios, has stopped campaigning for the seat, but her name is still on the ballot.

Paz, an event planner, reported $12,590 in expenses and $11,671 in cash on hand for the period of April 12 to May 3.

Her biggest contributor was $2,000 from the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors. Other contributors include: the Bass family’s Good Government Fund PAC, $1,500; G. Malcolm Louden, owner of Walsh and Watts, a Fort Worth oil and gas company, $1,000; attorney Edward C. Lasater, $500; and Timothy L. Petrus, executive vice president-aquisitions at XTO Energy, $500.

Rangel, a consultant, reported $15,524 in expenses and $13,903 in cash on hand for the period of April 2 to May 1.

Rangel’s biggest contributor is Juan F. Perez of Arlington, who gave $5,000. Other contributors include: Blanks Investments in Coppell, $1,000; Fort Worth auto dealer Mac Churchill, $500; Rufino Mendoza, $400; and Trustee Moss, $40.

In the previous reporting period that ended April 1, Dallas lawyer Domingo Garcia and his New American PAC gave $10,000 each to Vasquez and Rangel.

Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326

Twitter: @jessamybrown

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