With early voting underway for the May 29 primary election, candidates are required to file campaign finance reports throughout the year disclosing campaign contributions and expenditures.
The latest report for was due Monday, eight days before the election, and 16 candidates failed to meet the deadline.
Candidates who failed to file their campaign finance reports by the deadline include candidates for:
Constable Pct. 3 — H.M. Sonny Crisp and Matthew Clark
Sheriff — Oscar Lopez (filed on Wednesday)
Commissioner Pct. 1 — Margie H. Gonzalez and Javier Garcia
Commissioner Pct. 3 — Richard Miller and Raul Chapa
Constable Pct. 5 — Gerald D. Arismendez, Daniel Jaramillo, Martin Garza and Robert Vasquez
Constable Pct. 4 — Frank Davila Jr.
District Attorney — Christina Z. Flores
State Senator, District 20 — Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and Raul Torres
State Representative District 43 — William Willie Vaden
Precinct 3 Commissioner Oswald "Wally" Alanis reported $800 in political contributions for the period of April 29 through May 22. Linebarger, Goggan Blair and Blair, LLP gave Alanis $500 and Mr. and Mrs. Will Klatt contributed $300.
The current commissioner reported a total of $840 in expenditures, including $250 to Laura Ortiz, $100 to Sylvestre Rios, $100 to Juan Manrique, $60 to Margarito Trevino, $40 to himself and $50 to Agapita Mangia for canvassing. He also paid $240 to the Alice Echo-News Journal for advertising.
Current Precinct 1 Commissioner Zenaida Sanchez reported $1,150 in total political expenditures as of Monday for May 1 through May 21. Baldemar Gutierrez pledged $250, Christina Rosales-Soliz gave $400 and Robert Garza contributed $500.
Expenditures reported totaled $2,839.13 including payments to Michael's for $96.48, Dollar Tree Store Inc. for $34.64, Alice Echo-News Journal for $165 and Alice 24-7.com for $175 under the category of political advertising. Sanchez paid $31.99 to HEB for a sandwich tray and $2,400 for distributing sample ballots door-to-door to voters.
Jim Long, candidate for Precinct 3 constable, reported $660.93 worth of expenditures for April 20 through May 19. They include $249.30 for postage and $412.08.
Sheriff candidate Enrique Saenz disclosed $250 in expenditures for traveling around the district.
From May 1 through May 21, Precinct 1 constable candidate Jose "Noe" Vasquez declared $1800 in contributions from South Texas Fencing and Trenching. Expenditures totaled $1818.26 with $562.55 spent at Sam's, $14.07 at Dollar General and $120.83 at Walmart for event supplies. Vasquez also spent $91.45 at Hobby Lobby, $61.86 at Office Depot, $234 at Mario's Meat Market, $48.97 at HEB, $25 at Dollar Tree, $36.95 at Tejas Office Suplies, $350 at the Jim Wells County Fair Grounds and $175.16 at Alice Screen Printing for printing and event expenses.
Edward Valadez, candidate for Precinct 6 constable, reported $450 in expenditures including $100 for travel.
Precinct 6 constable candidate Bartolo Guajardo Jr. reported no expenditures or contributions on his last report. Precinct 1 constable candidate Jesus "Chuy" Salinas, Precinct 6 constable candidate Antonio "Tony" Rodriguez and Rodolfo "Rudy" Munoz and Precinct 4 constable candidate George L. "Abby" Saenz also reported no contributions or expenditures.
Expenditure and contribution totals for district attorney, state senator and state representative will be in Friday's edition of the Alice Echo-News Journal.