Incumbents lead in political donations for Cedar Park City Council seats

Cedar Park City Council candidates were required to turn in their campaign finance reports eight days before the May 6 election.

Cedar Park City Council candidates were required to turn in their campaign finance reports eight days before the May 6 election.

The two incumbents aiming to keep their Cedar Park City Council seats led their opponents in political donations leading up to the May 6 election, according to the latest round of campaign finance reports due to election officials on Fri., April 28, eight days before the election.

In Cedar Park, registered nurse Anne Duffy is challenging incumbent Lyle Grimes for Precinct 3, and small-business owner Heather Jefts is challenging incumbent Jon Lux to the Precinct 5 seat. Place 1 Council Member Stephen Thomas is running unopposed.

Every opposed candidate in the election must file a contributions and expenditures report 30 days and eight days before the election.

The previously filed 30-day report campaign finance report covered donations and expenditures by the candidates from Jan. 1 to March 28. In that round, Grimes led in campaign contributions with $10,273.91, compared to Duffy’s $5,810.75 in the race for Place 3, and Lux led with $12,548.91 in donations compared to Jeft’s 6,467.79 in the Place 5 race.

The latest round of reports covered all financials from March 29 to April 26, according to the Texas Ethics Commission.

Here is how much donation money each candidate has earned and spent for the race during that timeframe:

For Place 3:

Duffy: $3,328.50 in contributions, $1,866.47 in expenditures
Grimes: $10,940 in contributions, $5,263.11 in expenditures

For Place 5 :

Jefts: $3,848.50 in contributions, $1,887.45 in expenditures
Lux: $5,955 in contributions, $7,471.42 in expenditures

Here are the top financial supporters of each campaign, according to the reports:

Duffy:

Benny Souder and Joyce Le Bombard, $250
Ariana Delbar, $105
Terry Cook, Williamson County commissioner for Precinct 1, $100
James D. Johnson, $100
John Bucy III, $100
Antonio Champion, $100

Grimes:

Milestone Community Builders, $4,000
Citizens for Sensible Growth, $1,500
Benjamin Bracher, $1,000
Corbin Van Arsdale, Cedar Park City Council Member for Place 2, $750 (two separate donations)
Austin Board of Realtors PAC, $500
Cobb Fendley PAC, $500
Halff Associates – State PAC, $500

Jefts:

Benny Souder, $250
Sarah Warland, $150
John Bucy, $100
Antonio Champion, $100
Twyla Chan, $100|
Ariana Delbar, $100
Al Hamilton, $100
James David Johnson, $100

Lux:

Citizens for Sensible Growth, $1,450
Corbin Van Arsdale, Cedar Park City Council member for Place 2, $750 (two separate donations)
Austin Board of Realtors PAC, $500
Cobb Fendely PAC, $500
Halff Associates – State PAC, $500
By Caitlin Perrone
Caitlin covers Cedar Park and Leander city councils and reports on education, transportation, government and business news. She is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, Caitlin produced a large-scale investigative project with The Dallas Morning News and led education coverage in the Brazos Valley at The Bryan-College Station Eagle. After interning with Community Impact Newspaper for two summers, she joined the staff as a reporter in 2015.


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