The first round of required campaign reports have been filed by candidates for the May 1 Humble ISD school board election. The reports are for the initial period ending March 31. State law dictates reports must be filed 30 days before the election and again eight days before the vote. All the reports may be found on the Humble ISD website under the “school board” tab.
Several running have amassed significant sums while most of the 19 running have received much less or no money at all.
Chris Parker, candidate for the open seat Pos. 3, collected the highest amount of donations, $12,910.60. Robert Sitton, the incumbent running for Pos. 1, garnered the second highest with $11,952.04. Ken Kirchhofer, running for the open seat of Pos. 4, reported the third highest total with $6,000 in donations while Martina Lemond Dixon, an incumbent running for Pos. 5, reported the fourth highest amount with $5,742.97. All four have held fundraisers, ranging from golf tournaments to parties for supporters.
Others who have reported donations include Rebecca Tribo, $1,705; Wilbert Baker, $929.89; Liz Diaz, $1,010; Donte Washington, $1,348.98; Janie Branham, $2,600; Lonnie Jackson, $2,275.46; and Chase Stevens, $3,960. Clint Horn reported a personal loan to his campaign for $8,000. The others reported no donations.
The rules for elections and donations are determined by the Texas Ethics Commission and the Texas Secretary of State.
Candidates also complete forms detailing all donations. While most listed were apparently from personal friends and family, three candidates were the recipients of a sizable check from a single donor. Rick Walker, a Kingwood businessman who ran for a seat in the U.S. Congress in 2018, gave $2,500 each to Sitton, Parker and Branham. Sitton also received $1,500 from state. Rep. Dan Huberty and his wife, Janet, and $500 from Christy Lapeze, wife of current board member, Keith Lapeze.
Reporting also lists expenditures. Not surprisingly, expenses listed mainly were for yard signs, printing, websites, fliers and push cards. A few candidates listed spending campaign funds for shirts and food. Two candidates, Stevens and Dixon, indicated they have paid political consultants for advice.
The second round of campaign finance reports is due April 23 and will be posted on the Humble ISD website within five days as specified by the state. Candidates who do not exceed $930 in contributions or expenditures may be exempt from filing the report.