Joe Guerra Jr. has received more money in donations than all the other candidates running for the vacant College Station Place 4 seat combined, according to campaign finance reports filed this week.
The required reports covered the period through Monday.
Guerra reported $1,765 in campaign contributions. Even without the $500 personal donation he made to his own campaign, Guerra still leads in monetary contributions, with David Fujimoto following with $900 in donations and Marycruz DeLeón Morales next with $120.
Elizabeth Cunha did not report any monetary or non-monetary political contributions to her campaign. On her campaign website she says that she is funding her own campaign and has turned away "several kind overtures." The website states the decision comes because funds could go to other charities or causes in the community and to avoid potential bias that may come with donations.
Contributors to Guerra’s campaign include Texas A&M University professors and self-employed or retired community members.
The large majority of the approximately $870 Guerra has spent on his campaign has gone toward advertising expenses for yard signs and flyers. For Cunha, all $591.71 of expenditures were reported to be made by credit card or from personal funds and went toward items including a website, signs and flyers. Morales spent $35 on a post office box, and Fujimoto spent $207.53 for services at Copy Corner.
While Guerra leads in monetary donations, Morales is the only candidate to receive non-monetary contributions. The $500 total was in the form of pictures from local photographers, according to her report. Morales also took out a $50 loan from herself, and Fujimoto loaned himself the most of any candidate at $2,500.
The $900 that Fujimoto received in monetary contributions came from people including former Councilman Jerome Rektorik and Michael Holmgreen, vice chairman and chief deposit officer of The Bank and Trust.
The Jan. 28 special election comes after former Councilwoman Elianor Vessali announced last month that she is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House District 17 seat, currently held by Bill Flores. Flores announced he will step down after he completes his fifth two-year term.
Morales is a board member of the Brazos Valley Council of Governments and has held a position with the Community Development Advisory Committee.
According to a press release, Fujimoto is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy who served more than 22 years on active duty as a pilot in the Air Force. As the Texas A&M Foundation Director of Development, Veterans Affairs, Fujimoto finds philanthropic opportunities to assist student veterans.
Guerra ran for Place 4 in 2018 but lost to Vessali in November 2018. This will be Guerra’s third time running for Place 4. Cunha ran for Place 6 but lost to Councilman Dennis Maloney in a runoff race in December 2018.
Guerra is currently a Transportation Planning Project Manager at CONSOR Engineers LLC. Both he and Cunha serve on the College Station Planning and Zoning Committee.
The next round of campaign finance reports are due on Jan. 20. Early voting will run from Jan. 13 through Jan. 24.
For more information on the upcoming election and candidates, go to cstx.gov/elections.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article did not mention that Cunha is not accepting donations.