Campaign finance reports are shedding light on how much money Killeen school board candidates raised and spent ahead of Saturday’s election.
The most recent reports submitted to the Killeen Independent School District showed local business owner John Gilmore raised $8,655 in political contributions between April 2 and May 1 in his bid for the board’s Place 2 seat. Noted donors listed in the report include Gilmore’s father and Killeen Councilman Wayne Gilmore, as well as local business owners Bradley and A. G. Whitis, who contributed $1,500 to the campaign during the reporting period.
Susan Jones, the incumbent for Place 2, reported $1,799 in contributions from April 12 to Friday. For the previous reporting period, which ran from Feb. 12 to April 11, Jones reported $2,250 in total contributions. Noted donors to Jones’ re-election campaign include former Central Texas College Chancellor James Anderson.
Those same reports also show how much money both candidates spent in their bid for the seat — one of two contested school board races in Saturday’s election. According to the reports, Gilmore spent $8,468 between April 2 and May 1, while Jones’ expenditures between April 12 and Friday totaled $2,100.
In the race for the Place 1 seat, incumbent board President Shelley Wells reported contributions totaling $150 for April 2 through May 1. The same report shows Wells spent $1,321.
Wells’ opponent, Lan Carter, a career counselor at Fort Hood, had not turned in any campaign finance reports for either of the two reporting periods. Responding to questions from the Herald via email Wednesday, Carter said she had forgotten to turn in the paperwork.
“Basically, I forgot about the deadlines,” Carter said. “As my focus was elsewhere in regards to the campaign, such as block walking.”
Carter said she planned to file the reports with the district today.
Tim Sorrells, general counsel for the Texas Ethics Commission, said candidates who fail to file campaign finance reports could potentially face criminal misdemeanor charges, as well as a civil fine of up to $5,000.