After a slow start to the fundraiser earlier this year, the two leaders in the San Antonio Mayor’s Race are raising more money than ever before.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg raised nearly $ 318,000 from January 1 to March 22, a campaign financial report filed Thursday shows – more than double what he raised at the time of the campaign two years ago. His campaign spent more than $ 197,000 during that period.
Nirenberg started this race with less on the bench than in the last election – and has less cash on hand than back then. The mayor had around $ 190,000 in his coffers on March 22, around $ 94,000 less than at the time of the 2019 election campaign.
Likewise, Mayor Greg Brockhouse has almost doubled his fundraiser compared to two years ago after starting the year with nothing in the bank except a $ 17,000 loan. The former city council raised $ 100,755 from January 1 to March 22, and spent more than $ 68,000 during that period.
Brockhouse had more than $ 25,000 in his savings account at the end of the reporting period – compared to the roughly $ 15,000 he had in the last mayor’s race at the time.
Brockhouse campaigns without the financial support of the fire and police unions – which gave him strong support when he tried to take down Nirenberg two years ago. The unions spent more than $ 530,000 during this race helping Brockhouse, who was once a political advisor to them, fill a funding gap with the mayor.
In a dramatic move, the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association took decided in March not to support any candidate for the mayor’s race. Meanwhile, the San Antonio Police Officers Association is trying to defeat an electoral initiative led by police reform activists to deprive the union of the right to collectively negotiate its contract with the city – a move that proponents say the ability of Union would undermine officials inappropriately shielding the accused of wrongdoing.
Police union president John “Danny” Diaz has previously said that it is likely that the union will support the mayor’s race – although it has not yet done so.
Nirenberg offered the union an olive branch last month by telling Diaz about it He supports collective bargaining for police officers – although the mayor later insisted that he would not take sides in the election campaign.
City Council money
The cost of the 10 San Antonio City Council races goes up – over $ 585,000.
District 2 councilor Jada Andrews-Sullivan has left a crowded field behind and challenged her for the East Side seat. She has tried to fill a fundraising gap with her former coworker Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, a math teacher at Madison High School, who has proven to be an effective fundraiser.
Andrews-Sullivan raised more than $ 21,000 and spent $ 8,400 from January 1 to March 22. The first-time councilor had $ 12,679 in the bank at the end of the period.
McKee-Rodriguez, who previously served as the director of communications for Andrews-Sullivan, raised approximately $ 17,000, spent nearly $ 25,000, and had nearly $ 9,000 in his bank account.
But McKee-Rodriguez still surpassed and surpassed his former boss in this election.
Andrews-Sullivan and McKee-Rodriguez aren’t the only big fundraisers in the Disrict 2 race. Kristi Villanueva, president of the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, raised $ 16,575 and spent more than $ 17,000.
In the race to represent District 1 in the urban core of the city, Councilor Roberto Treviño outperformed environmentalist Mario Bravo by less than $ 6,000 and outperformed him by a 4-1 lead in his bid for a final term. But Treviño ended the period with less money in the bank – just over $ 20,000 compared to Bravo’s $ 34,000.
On the northeast side, District 10 councilor Clayton Perry kept a significant financial advantage over his opponents. The council’s only Conservative raised more than $ 40,000 for a third term. He spent more than $ 8,300 and held more than $ 85,000 at the end of the fundraising period.
Perry’s main antagonist, Ezra Johnson, vice chair of the VIA Metropolitan Transit Board, spent more than Perry – about $ 14,000 – but raised only $ 19,000 by comparison. Johnson had around $ 14,000 in the bank.
In neighboring District 9, reigning John Courage raised more than $ 33,000, spent more than $ 31,000, and had nearly $ 24,000 left. Conservative challenger Erika Moe, a lawyer, grossed more than $ 23,000. She spent around $ 39,000 and had more than $ 11,000 in cash on March 22.
In a crowded race for a vacant spot in District 3, Phyllis Viagran outdoes her opponents as she tries to keep the family seat. She is the sister of outgoing councilor Rebecca Viagran, who has left the Southeast Side seat.
Phyllis Viagran raised more than $ 15,000 and had nearly $ 10,000 available. But it was issued by architect Marcello Martinez, who spent more than $ 14,000 compared to the more than $ 10,000 Viagran spent. Even so, she had about $ 2,000 more in the bank than Martinez.
Meanwhile, former State MP Tomas Uresti, the brother of jailed former Senator Carlos Uresti, raised around $ 6,700 and spent $ 5,100 on his bid for the District 3 seat.
Norberto “Geremy” Landin, a senior executive of the San Antonio South Texas Allergy and Asthma Medical Professionals, has outpaced and outdone his 10 opponents in the open race to replace outgoing District 5 councilor Shirley Gonzales – though he did not say how much money he has on hand. Landin raised more than $ 15,000 and spent around $ 17,000.
Realtor Marie Crabb raised only $ 4,500 by comparison, but she spent $ 14,000 and had $ 13,000 left. Crabb also reported a $ 20,000 loan.
The council’s remaining incumbents – Adriana Rocha Garcia, Melissa Cabello Havrda, Ana Sandoval, and Manny Peláez – enjoyed comfortable financial advantages over their opponents.
Fix SAPD, the campaign behind the election to eradicate the police union, continued its fundraiser – more than $ 245,000 was raised and nearly $ 146,000 was spent. The Political Action Committee had around $ 88,000 in its coffers at the end of the reporting period.
This is an evolving report. Check back with ExpressNews.com for updates.