Incumbents outspend opponents in trustee races

A pair of incumbent Hays CISD trustees vying for reelection have outspent their opponents as the lead-up to the May 4 school board election continues.

District 4 trustee and Board President Merideth Keller and District 5 trustee and Vice President Esperanza Orosco have spent a combined $1,800 so far toward their campaigns, according to 30-day campaign finance reports filed April 4.

In the District 4 race, Keller has spent $1,006.31, which has gone toward political signage. Funding for those expenses, which were made during a reporting period from Jan. 16 to March 25, came from a pair of loans Keller and her husband had taken out in mid-March. Keller has no more money left in her war chest.

Meanwhile, Mark Summers, a political newcomer and an engineering professor at Texas State University, has spent most of the political contributions has had received from Feb. 15 to March 31.

Summers took in $549 in political contributions, which included a $399 in-kind contribution from Laurie Cromwell for campaign signs. According to the report, a $399 expense was made by Summers to Build-A-Sign. Summers has roughly $73 left in political contributions.

In the race for the District 5 seat, Orosco took in $600 in political contributions from Jan. 1 to March 25. That includes a $500 loan contributed by David Salazar to Orosco’s campaign.

More than $820 in expenses has been made so far by Orosco, with $729 of that coming from her own personal funds. The majority of Orosco’s expenses went to advertising at various events, including a $400 expense made to the Kyle Chamber.

Orosco has roughly $500 left in political contributions.

Frank Juarez, Jr., who is running against Orosco for the District 5 seat, has not filed a campaign finance report at this time.

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