Uneven spending in Kyle, Buda elections

Political spending in the race for Kyle’s mayoral seat has been a lopsided affair as only one candidate has so far surpassed the $1,000 mark in expenditures.

Travis Mitchell, who is the current District 1 city council member and a mayoral candidate, has racked up close to $3,000 in spending on his campaign, according to 30-day candidate campaign finance reports. The majority of Mitchell’s transactions have gone toward political advertising.

Mitchell’s spending has gone far beyond two of the three other candidates running for mayor.

Longtime Kyle resident Bill Sinor and political newcomer Nicole Romero-Piche have spent a combined $235 so far during the reporting period, which began in mid-August. Former Kyle City Council member Jaime Sanchez filed for modified reporting; he doesn’t intend to receive or to spend more than $500 toward his campaign.

Mitchell has also received political contributions from a variety of local political and area figures. Kyle Mayor Todd Webster, outgoing District 4 council member David Wilson and District 3 council member Damon Fogley contributed a combined $390 toward Mitchell’s campaign.

Mitchell received a $500 contribution from Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley, along with a $500 contribution from local developer Clark Wilson, who is developing the Anthem subdivision in Mountain City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

The Kyle City Council in 2016 approved an agreement to provide water to the Anthem subdivision.

In the race for Mitchell’s unexpired District 1 seat,Marco Pizana, a Hays CISD employee, has spent roughly $500 more than fellow candidate Dex Ellison, who is a Planning and Zoning commissioner.

Spending on the race for the District 4 seat has been equally one-sided as law enforcement officer Alex Villalobos has racked up over $3,000 in expenses during the reporting period. Candidate Tim McHutchtion has only spent $415.

Limited political spending is the trend across both of Buda’s contested city council races as all four candidates have spent a combined $1,098.

Political newcomer Paul Daugereau leads the way with $880 dollars on his campaign, while also collecting $1,090 in political contributions.


30-day Candidate Campaign Finance Reports, Kyle and Buda

Kyle 

Mayor 

Travis Mitchell 

  • Total political contributions – $2788.66 
  • Total political expenditures – 2898.44 
  • Total political contributions maintained as of the last day of reporting period – $1,093.93 
  • Outstanding loans – $2,500 

Bill Sinor 

  • Total political contributions – $120
  • Total political expenditures – $210
  • Total political contributions maintained as of the last day of reporting period – $0
  • Outstanding loans – $0

Nicole Romero-Piche 

  • Total political contributions – $0 
  • Total political expenditures – $25.64
  • Total political contributions maintained as of the last day of reporting period – $0
  • Outstanding loans – $0

Jaime Sanchez 

  • Filed for modified reporting 

District 1 

Marco Pizana 

  • Total political contributions – $737
  • Total political expenditures – $1,538.16
  • Total political contributions maintained as of the last day of reporting period – $0
  • Outstanding loans – $801

Dex Ellison 

  • Total political contributions – $0
  • Total political expenditures – $1,064.14
  • Total political contributions maintained as of the last day of reporting period – $0
  • Outstanding loans – $0

District 4 

Alexander Villalobos 

  • Total political contributions – $353
  • Total political expenditures – $3,050.67
  • Total political contributions maintained as of the last day of reporting period – $0
  • Outstanding loans – $2,697.67

Tim McHutchion 

  • Total political contributions – $450
  • Total political expenditures – $415.02
  • Total political contributions maintained as of the last day of reporting period – $188.40
  • Outstanding loans – $0

Buda

Place 5 

Clark Beach 

  • Total political contributions – $219
  • Total political expenditures – $218.81
  • Total political contributions maintained as of the last day of reporting period – $.19
  • Outstanding loans – $0

Remy Fallon 

  • Total political contributions – $0
  • Total political expenditures – $0
  • Total political contributions maintained as of the last day of reporting period – $0
  • Outstanding loans – $0

Place 4 

Paul Daugereau

  • Total political contributions – $1,090
  • Total political expenditures – $880.96
  • Total political contributions maintained as of the last day of reporting period – $544.44
  • Outstanding loans – $0

Jose Montoya 

  • Filed for modified reporting 

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