McAllen ISD candidates report details of campaign finances

Candidates running for the McAllen school district’s board of trustees raised more than $50,000 in contributions combined, according to their campaign finance reports.

There are eight candidates vying for Place 1, 2, 4 and 5 with a challenger to face each incumbent. The McAllen school district released campaign finance reports for each of the candidates for the 30th day before Election Day.

Place 1 incumbent Marco Suarez raised a total of $8,750 in political contributions from Jan 16 to April 4, according to his campaign finance report. His biggest contribution was $3,000 from Guerra and Farah, a personal injury law firm, and spent about a total of $12,499.80.

Suarez currently works in sales for an engineering firm with children attending the school district.

Juan “Johnny” Cano, who’s challenging Suarez for the Place 1 seat, received $100 in political contributions from one individual from Jan. 1 to March 25, and spent $2,604.43 for his campaign.

Cano is also a teacher with the La Joya Independent School District, and his children attend Vanguard Academy, a public charter school district.

Conrado Alvarado, the Place 2 incumbent, raised $11,800 in contributions. Annette Franz along with Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson, a law firm, donated $2,500 to his campaign. Board trustee Sam Saldivar, whose term expires in 2021, also contributed $100 to Alvarado.

Alvarado’s challenger, Lynse Guerra raised $8,117.80 from 15 contributors and spent $4,971.82 from Feb. 14 to March 25. Guerra works as an attorney and ran an unsuccessful run for Place 7 in 2017. She also received $160 in non-monetary political contributions from attorney Gina Karam Millin, who is running for Place 4.

Place 4 trustee Jorge Antonio “Tony” Forina raised $16,993.43 from Jan. 15 to April 4 and reported expenditures of $9,310.35. Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson contributed $2,500 — his biggest donator. Attorney Judith Saldivar, wife of Sam Saldivar, contributed $100 to Forina’s campaign.

Karam Millin raised $14,030 from 29 donators for her campaign from Jan. 1 to March 25 and spent $21,283.69 in expenditures.

Daniel Vela, who’s running for reelection in Place 5, received $1,150 from three individuals and took a $20,000 loan on Feb. 21. Advertising by Image House Media, Print Works and Sky Promotions were among the expenditures.

Place 5 hopeful Don Delaney’s campaign finance report was not available on the district website.

Election day is May 4, with early voting beginning April 22.

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