Incumbents outspend challengers in Palmview race

With early voting underway, candidates for Palmview city commission submitted their 30-day campaign finance report.

The reports for the nine candidates for four different seats on the Palmview city commission reflect the period since the previous July campaign finance report and the 30th day before the November 3 election date.

The members of the “Progress for Palmview” slate, which is made up of three current city commissioners and a previous one, outspent members of the “A New Palmview” slate.

Combined, members of the “Progress” slate-which includes Javier Ramirez, Linda Sarabia, Arlando Nacianceno and Joel Garcia, have spent $31,300.07 during the most recent reporting period.

The team has also received $35,310.01 in contributions from donors throughout the Valley.

In comparison, members of “A New Palmview” spent $24,765 during the last reporting period while receiving $25,198 in political contributions at the same reporting period.

Place 4 candidate Aurora “Bodie” Garza, who is running independently, reported $1,000 in political contributions and $1,459.69 in expenses but did not list where her contributions came from in her report.

Sarabia, who is running for Place 3 after previously winning the seat in 2016, has the campaign that has made up nearly half of the expenses and contributions at $12,312.93 and $16,380.01, respectively.

Her largest donor in her campaign is the McAllen-based Border Health political action committee which contributed $5,000, nearly one-third of her contributions.

Jacinto Garza, CEO of the Mission-based L&G Engineering, donated $1,250 while Austin-based law firm Linebarger Gogger Blair & Sampson LLP, and Hilario Ortiz. Jr., president of the Alton-based LEMC engineering firm made up the rest of her big donors with $1,000 each.

Sarabia’s running mate, Javier Ramirez, is running for reelection in his Place 1 seat and has spent $10,734.42 in his campaign in this reporting period where he has also received $11,200 in political contributions.

Like Sarabia, Jacinto Garza donated to Ramirez’s campaign. The $2,000 donation made him the biggest contributor to Ramirez campaign which also included La Joya school board member Armin Garza and Sharyland school board member Julio Cerda who donated $1,000 and $1,500, respectively.

 For “Progress for Palmview” member Joel Garcia, his biggest donor was himself.

The current Place 5 city commissioner received $7,730 in political contributions and had $8,252.72 in expenses. Among the contributions was a $2,000 loan he gave to himself. Jacinto Garza also donated $1,250 to his campaign.

The final member of the “Progress for Palmview” is former city commissioner Arlando Nacianceno who is running in the vacant Place 4 seat. His campaign finance record reported $0 in expenses and contributions.

Much like “Progress for Palmview,” the Place 3 candidate made up a good portion of the total contributions and expenses for the “A New Palmview” slate.

Alexandra Flores reported $9,618 in contributions and $9,332 in total expenditures over this reporting period. Among her notable donors were Precinct 3 Commissioner-elect Everardo “Ever” Villarreal with $333, local attorney Javier Pena with $250 and Santiago and Leonor Garza, owners of Valley Diesel Services & Collision, who donated $3,000 to Flores’ campaign.

Flores also reported $1,000 from the Houston-based political action committee S&B PAC.

“A New Palmview” running mate Adrian Canales, who is running against Ramirez for the Place 1 seat, reported $7,006 in expenses and $7,918 in political contributions.

Notable donors to Canales’ campaign include “Ever” Villarreal who donated a combined $1,333 over two separate contributions.

La Joya ISD school board candidate Anthony Uresti and current La Joya ISD school board trustee Nereyda Cantu each donated $500 to his campaign. Flores also received an additional $1,000 from Samuel Maldonado of SAME’s Inc. engineering firm.

Guadalupe “Wally” Barrerra, who is running for Place 5, reported $7,668 in political contributions and $6,767 in expenses. Like his running mates, he received donations from “Ever” Villarreal and former Palmview city manager Ramon Segovia.

Velia “Vel” Gonzalez, who is in the “A New Palmview” slate for the Place 4 seat, reported $0 in contributions and $1,660 in expenses, most of which came from making political signs.

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