Less than three weeks into the 2010 election year, it appears that Texas State Board of Education incumbent Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio, has the best-financed challenger among contested state board races. Campaign finance reports were due from candidates by January 15. These reports cover the last six months of 2009. The next finance reports are due 30 days before the March 2 primaries. Following are campaign finance data available for Republican and Democratic candidates for the state board. (I) indicates incumbent. Click here for more information about the candidates. (We have tried to include links to campaign Web sites. Please send us links to campaign Web sites we have missed.)
This district is dominated by El Paso but stretches to the Rio Grande Valley.
Rene Nuñez (I): no contributions, in $465 cash on hand
Carlos “Charlie” Garza: no report available yet
This is a San Antonio-based district. Democratic incumbent Rick Agosto is not running for re-election.
Michael Soto: $14,242.68 in contributions, in $9,190.41 cash on hand
Tony Cunningham: no report available yet
Joanie Muenzler: no report available yet
This is a Houston district.
Incumbent Lawrence Allen Jr., D-Houston, faces neither Democratic nor Republican opposition for re-election.
This district stretches from Bexar County to southern Travis County and includes the Hill Country.
Ken Mercer (I): $8,035.00 in contributions, in $3,639.05 cash on hand
Tim Tuggey: $60,330.58 in contributions, in $24,945.65 cash on hand
Rebecca Bell-Metereau: $17,797 in contributions, in $6,414.44 cash on hand
Daniel Boone: $4,176.72 in contributions, in $3,457.72 cash on hand
Josiah Ingalls: $350 in contributions, in $36.15 cash on hand
This largely East-Central Texas district stretches from Plano to Bryan-College Station.
Don McLeroy (I): $1,200 in contributions, $611.33 in cash on hand
Thomas Ratliff: $15,173.20 in contributions, $8,098.50 in cash on hand
This district stretches from Williamson and northern Travis County to just west of Houston. Republican incumbent Cynthia Dunbar is not running for re-election.
Marsha Farney: no contributions, no cash on hand
Rebecca Osborne: $5,416.00 in contributions, $5,515.09 in cash on hand
Brian Russell: $8,229.40 in contributions, $7,455 in cash on hand
Judy Jennings: $15,900 in contributions, $14,072.31 in cash on hand
This is a Dallas-area district.
Geraldine “Tincy” Miller (I): contributions or cash on hand, $48,685.71 in reported expenditures.
George Clayton: no contributions, no cash on hand
This district includes the Panhandle and much of West Texas.
Bob Craig (I): $4,000 in contributions, $4,443.31 in cash on hand
Randy Rives: no contributions, no cash on hand