Early voting starts next Monday, April 25, and Election Day is Saturday, May 7 for the four candidates seeking to replace former trustee and new Texas Education Agency commissioner Mike Morath on the Dallas ISD school board. The candidates recently filed reports of campaign donations and expenses, required by the state 30 days prior to the election, and we’ve scoured them to give you the breakdown of how each campaign is faring, at least according to dollar signs.
In bank on 4/7: $17,477.54
Personal loans: $8,000
Total number of contributors: 83
Individuals contributing $1,000+: 2
Fun fact: Rather than a few large donations, Havlick’s campaign is heavily fortified by dozens of smaller donations concentrated in the East Dallas zip codes of 75206 and 75214.
In bank on 4/7: $53,950
Personal loans: $50,000
Total number of contributors: 176
Individuals contributing $1,000+: 40
Fun fact: Compared to other elections at the 30-days-out mark, Marshall’s fundraising surpasses every Dallas City Council and DISD trustee candidate in the last three years, with the exception of Preston Hollow Councilwoman Jennifer Gates, who had raised $355,000 going into the final month her first race in 2013.
In bank on 4/7: $5,563.75
Personal loans: $2,500
Total number of contributors: 47
Individuals contributing $1,000+: 4
Fun fact: Three of Smith’s biggest contributors also are big political players in town — Councilman Mark Clayton, Dallas County Schools board president Larry Duncan and former State Senator John Carona.
In bank on 4/7: $0
Personal loans: $0
Total number of contributors: 0
Individuals contributing $1,000+: 0
Fun fact: Marroquin is the only candidate who also is acting as his own campaign treasurer, and his self-described “grassroots” campaign apparently is not seeking donations.