July 2018 finance reports: Harris County candidates

Let’s take a look at where we stand with the candidates for county office. January report info is here. On we go:

County Judge

Ed Emmett
Lina Hidalgo

Commissioner, Precinct 2

Jack Morman
Adrian Garcia

Commissioner, Precinct 4

Jack Cagle
Penny Shaw

District Clerk

Chris Daniel
Marilyn Burgess

County Clerk

Stan Stanart
Diane Trautman

County Treasurer

Orlando Sanchez
Dylan Osborne

HCDE, Position 3 At Large

Marcus Cowart
Richard Cantu

HCDE, Position 4, Precinct 3

Josh Flynn
Andrea Duhon

Candidate       Office    Raised      Spent     Loan    On Hand
Emmett    County Judge   618,590    138,209        0    934,714
Hidalgo   County Judge   183,252     67,007        0    116,263  

Morman      Comm Pct 2   612,400    178,027   30,185  2,710,005
A Garcia    Comm Pct 2   342,182    141,745        0    154,693  

Cagle       Comm Pct 4   199,800    451,189        0    658,641
Shaw        Comm Pct 4     7,838     10,591        0      1,234

Daniel  District Clerk   106,675    113,813   45,000     59,920
Burgess District Clerk     5,527      1,504        0      9,476

Stanart   County Clerk     5,820      5,836   20,000     75,389
Trautman  County Clerk     8,705      4,236        0     23,749

Sanchez      Treasurer    86,185      4,801  200,000    281,383
Osborne      Treasurer     1,645      2,441        0        491

Cowart          HCDE 3         0          0        0          0
Cantu           HCDE 3       953      1,606        0        656

Flynn           HCDE 4       200      2,134        0          0
Duhon           HCDE 4     1,476      1,149        0        977

All things considered, that’s a pretty decent amount of money raised by Lina Hidalgo, especially as a first-time candidate running against a ten-year incumbent. She has the resources to run a professional campaign, and she’s done that. I don’t know what her mass communication strategy is, but she will need more to do that effectively. We’re a big county, there are a lot of voters here, and these things ain’t cheap. She was endorsed last week by Annie’s List, so that should be a big help in this department going forward.

Ed Emmett is clearly taking her seriously. He’s stepped up his fundraising after posting a modest report in January. Greg Abbott has already reserved a bunch of TV time with his bottomless campaign treasury, and I figure that will be as much to bolster local and legislative candidates as it will be for himself. Still, those who can support themselves are going to continue to do so.

Which brings us to Commissioners Court in Precinct 2, one of the top-tier races of any kind in the region. Adrian Garcia started from scratch after his Mayoral and Congressional campaigns, and he’s done well to get prepped for the fall. That’s a challenge when the guy you’re up against has as much as Jack Morman has, but at least Garcia starts out as someone the voters know and have by and large supported. I will be interested to see just what Morman has in mind to do with all that money, but until we see something tangible I have a dumb question: Why, if you have $2.7 million in the bank, would you not just go ahead and clear up that $30K loan? Is there some subtle financial reason for it, or is it just that no one cares about campaign loans being paid back? Anyone with some insight into these burning questions is encouraged to enlighten us in the comments.

Speaking of loans, that 200K bit of debt for Orlando Sanchez keeps on keeping on. Sanchez managed to get a few people to write him four-figure (and in one case, a five-figure) checks this period. I literally have no idea why anyone would do that, but here we are. It gives me something to write about, so we can all be thankful for that.

I’ve got more of these to come. Let me know what you think.

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11 Responses to July 2018 finance reports: Harris County candidates

  1. Manny Barrera says:

    I was thinking about donating some money to Adrain Garcia, but Garcia has a bad habit of spending tons on consultants and leaves too little for walkers. He continues the trend, so that this time. Hopes he wins, however, and Mormon won with less than $100,000 when he defeated Sylvia Garcia. That district is more Republican then when Mormon beat Sylvia, as they added Republican areas when they redrew the District.

  2. Greg Wythe says:

    Morman won his seat with Steve Radack money and IOUs that Morman or Radack would pay after the election. So his sub-100k effort was a bit misleading. Not sure that Rodney is doing the same for Adrian.

  3. Bill Daniels says:


    Adrian actively participated in deporting your people, and now you want to give him money? What does that say about your support of open borders and illegal aliens in general?


    Personally, I find it sad that Garcia seems to run for any elected job that comes up. Damn, with the Trump economy, how hard would it be to just find a regular job? Adrian is Houston’s own version of Jeb!. Sad.

  4. Manny Barrera says:

    Bill there you go with your lies and hate.

    “My People”, you don’t understand and ignorance and maybe low mental intelligence is hopefully the reason for the stupidity that you espouse.

    Bill unlike you, I am an American not a Russian lover.

  5. Manny Barrera says:

    By the way Bill, “my people” that have gotten a donation from me this year, Doug Jones, Beto O’Rourke, Lina Hidalgo, Lupe Valdez, Gina Ortiz Jones, and Conner Lamb.

  6. C.L. says:

    @Manny… I’d be interested in an actual reply from you re: Bill’s question on Adrian Garcia. Me ? I have no intention in voting for him strictly because of his helmet hairdo. No other reason.

  7. Manny Barrera says:

    C.L., Bill did not ask a question he made racist statements, “My People”, “Illegal Aliens”, open borders. That is pure racism if you can’t see that what does it say about C.L.?

    So, C.L., you vote for or against people because of their hair? What does say about C.L.?

  8. Bill Daniels says:


    Give us all a break. You constantly wrap yourself in the victimhood flag and self identify as Mexican American, not American. You bitch because the gays don’t recognize your victimhood status. You hate wipipo and wish more of them would commit suicide with their guns. You accuse anyone who wants to stop illegal immigration of being a Russian/bigot/xenophobe/racist/fill-in-the-blank slur.

    You literally self identify as “Hispanic surname-American,” but now you want to play like you’re just Average American Citizen and are shocked that I lumped you in with the illegals? News flash; you’ve been lumping yourself in with them ever since I’ve been following this blog, and that’s why I said “your people.” I stand by it. Anyone can research your post history to see I’m not making this up.

    As for reasons to vote against Adrian Garcia, you are a prime example. Remember when he ran against Gene Green? Green is respected as being a good rep by just about everyone. Adrian’s entire campaign against him was, “look, I’m Mexican just like you. A wipipo can’t represent you like I can, because I’m brown an he’s not.” Even the largely Hispanic voters in Gene’s district recognized the implicit racism in Adrian’s campaign an didn’t vote for him. That’s you…..Mr. Identity Politics. Own it, and do whatever mental gyrations you have to in order to give money to a guy who deported your people while he lead the HCSO.

  9. Manny Barrera says:

    But if you really want to know why I would give Garcia money is because he has a chance to unseat a Republican. Any Republican that loses sends a message to the Republican Party in Texas.

    If you paid attention C.L. you would notice that the Republicans have not been pushing the immigration issue much, wonder why?

    They are focusing on other things like Gays, but I can understand if you don’t like Gay people why you would vote for Mormon. Garcia has the Gay endorsement as he has helped them in the past with policy in the jail, and as a council member. He is also pro-life, so I can understand why you would against him for that reason. But his hair?

    As an example on Cruz’s web site

    In 2013, Sen. Cruz proposed amendments to the “Gang of 8” bill that would strengthen border security, expand green card opportunities, increase high-skilled “H1B” visas, prevent illegal aliens from receiving welfare benefits, and enforce the rule of law.


    Cruz is wishy washy when it comes to immigration, he will say whatever the audience wants to hear, http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/2018/06/flip_flop_by_sen_cruz_on_family_separation_shows_threat_to_gop


  10. Manny Barrera says:

    Bill you are a Russian racist rabbit, that constantly lies. I don’t refer to myself as Mexican American. I refer myself as an American, Spanish Surname, but will use Latino and Hispanic because that is what people normally understand.

    If you go back and check what I write, I have often stated that Gene Green had represented the district well.

    Just to prove what an anal opening you are Bill, below is a link, at that time I was using neither here nor there


    So Bill don’t assume that others are racists because you come from a family of racists.

  11. Jason says:

    Will Adrian please go away after loosing this time? Of course the answer is no. Ana Hernandez Luna would have been such a better candidate.

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