Newcomer leads the pack in campaign spending

A newcomer to the Dripping Springs political scene has vastly outspent the entire field running for a handful of city council seats up for grabs May 4.

Geoffrey Tahuahua, who is running in the Place 5 city council race, spent more than $3,200 on his campaign, according to 30-day campaign finance reports filed April 4. Additionally, Tahuahua collected more than $3,300 in political contributions from 15 different sources from Jan. 11 to March 25.

Primary contributions to Tahuahua’s campaign include $500 from John Rowley, founder of CounterPoint Messaging, a Nashville, TN-based message media and digital firm. Tahuahua also received a $500 contribution from San Coleman of Coleman & Associates, an Austin-area landscape architect. A $400 contribution came from Pamela Medere, an attorney with Jackson Walker LLP.  Tahuahua took out a $2,500 personal loan, according to the report.

The majority of Tahuahua’s expenses went toward political advertising. Tahuahua has $2,775 cash left in his campaign fund.

Those amounts directly contrast the lack of spending by Place 5 candidate Randall Stephens and incumbent William Travis Crow, who both have not spent any money or received any political contributions during the reporting period.

Meanwhile, Taline Manassian, an incumbent council member running in the Place 1 race, spent the majority of the reported $272 campaign expenses on advertising costs, ranging from Jan. 1 to March 25, according to the report.

Manassian reported $305 in her war chest as of the last day of the reporting period. Anthony Aristar, who is running against Manassian in the Place 1 race, did not file a campaign finance report.

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