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Fundraising efforts close in Killeen council campaigns

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 4:30 am

Killeen Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lower leads the fundraising race in the battle for re-election against his opponent, District 3 Councilman Terry Clark, in the May 11 election.

Redistricting has pitted Lower, who currently represents District 4, against Clark in the only contested Killeen council race this year.

The Texas Ethics Commission requires local candidates to file two campaign finance reports 30 days and eight days before the election once they have reached the $500 threshold.

Lower raised a total of $4,000 from five big-name donors, including $500 from Mayor Dan Corbin, $1,000 from Planning and Zoning Commissioner Craig Langford and $250 from local landowner Bill Yowell.

Lower said the sway of his donors would not affect the decisions he would make if re-elected.

“They know that I’m honest, I have integrity and I study the issues to make the best decision for the city of Killeen,” Lower said.

Clark has raised a total of $3,287 for his campaign, mostly through small contributions of less than $50. The names of donors who contributed less than $50 are not required to be listed on the reports.

The one-term incumbent loaned himself $540 and donated $277 of his council salary to his own campaign.

“The Terry Clark campaign is in the hole,” Clark said. “My wife and I felt if we are going to ask people for money, we’d better put our own money, too, into this campaign.”

Both candidates spent the campaign funds on similar items such as signs, postcards, newspaper advertisements and automated “robo” calls, according to the reports.

Neither candidate held an event for fundraising.

Clark submitted his eight-day campaign finance report Tuesday — four days after the Friday deadline.

When asked why his report was late, Clark said, “I have to work and I cannot give 24 hours a day to my campaign. My opponent doesn’t have a job and I don’t have a mayor running my campaign for me.”

Unless a complaint is filed against Clark with TEC, he is likely not to receive a penalty, according to TEC.

Lower, who described himself as an automotive manager, said he appreciated the positive campaigns both candidates have ran so far.

“It is difficult to run against somebody you’ve been friends with,” Lower said. “It’s just I think I understand the city a little bit better than him and the direction the city is headed.”

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3 comments:

  • Alvin posted at 4:27 pm on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    Alvin Posts: 253

    In the 'tightly contested race for district 3, Michael Lower has said the Mayor, Dan Corbin, the Planning and Zoning Commissioner, Craig Langford, and local land owner, Bill Yowell have contributed to his campaign. But the total of big donors $4,000.00 does not equal that amount. I wonder who some of the 'big' donors are?

    I also take note that expresses the sentiment that 'the sway of the donors would not effect the decisions he would make if re-elected'. Does that include the Morrison fiasco or the fact that the mayor is rumored to be 'running his campaign for him'? Not to take anything from Lower, but how many times has he voted 'against the mayor'? Now how many times has Clark 'bucked the mayor and his organization'? Do you see any diversity there? Just asking.

     
  • Viktor posted at 2:43 pm on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    Viktor Posts: 317

    .....“It is difficult to run against somebody you’ve been friends with,” Lower said. “It’s just I think I understand the city a little bit better than him and the direction the city is headed.”
    Again I have to say seriously? Perception of what one thinks doesn't make it true. One can think the livelong day but that doesn't make their thoughts accurate.

     
  • Viktor posted at 2:36 pm on Thu, May 9, 2013.

    Viktor Posts: 317

    Lower said the sway of his donors would not affect the decisions he would make if re-elected.
    Seriously? If the donations impacted his decision making process would he really come out & just state that in the paper? Let's just keep it real people.