Seven candidates running for the Fort Worth school board have drawn a combined $75,000 in campaign contributions from local supporters, reports filed as of April 9 with the state showed.
Nineteen-year incumbent Judy Needham, who is the District 5 incumbent, collected the most from local donars with a total of $17,425 in contributions.
Needham, a fundraising consultant, is facing off against challenger Linda LaBeau, a professional mediator and nurse. LaBeau submitted a report that itemized only a “campaign material” expenditure of about $711 at Kinko’s in Fort Worth.
Two other challengers also reported contributions of more than $14,000, reports showed.
District 2 candidate Sultan Cole, an engineer and local minister, reported about $14,360 in contributions. District 2 is a three-way race between Cole, Joel Aguilar, a principal in the Dallas school district, and incumbent Tobi Jackson, a longtime educator.
Jackson has raised $13,980 in contributions, her filings showed. Aguilar has drawn $1,460.
In District 5, Cecelia Speer, a retired district administrator and former teacher who is running against incumbent Ann Sutherland, reported $14,175 in contributions.
Sutherland, a budget analyst and former teacher, reported $12,755 in contributions.
Local donors listed on the reports included former school board members, Elaine Klos and Ray Dickerson, who contributed to Speer’s. Steven Poole, executive director of the United Educators Association, who contributed to Sutherland’s campaign, records showed.
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