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Dara Dana outraises Michael Trujillo in county commissioner’s race

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Republican Dara Dana outraised Democrat Michael Trujillo nearly four to one last month, giving her a big fundraising edge in the only contested county race on the ballot in Chaves County this November.

Campaign finance reports filed with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office Monday show that Dana, a former state representative, raised $4,425 in the most recent fundraising period in her bid for the District 1 seat on the Chaves County Board of Commissioners.

The second general election report documents the campaign fundraising and spending activities of candidates in county, judicial, state legislative and statewide races from Sept. 4 to Oct. 1.

Trujillo, a commissioner from 2003 to 2011 hoping to reclaim his former seat, raised $1,386.78 during the same period. Trujillo and Dana are vying for the seat now held by Republican James Duffey. Duffey is unable to seek re-election due to term limits.

Dana and Trujillo end the period with $4,769.92 and $1,219.97 cash on hand respectively.

The reports states Trujillo began September with $2,389.48 on hand and Dana with $1,174.43.

Trujillo also outspent Dara in September, $2,556.29 to $629.51.

Most of the money raised by Dana came from two donations: $2,500 from the Chaves County Republican Party and $1,250 from the Chaves County Federated Republican Women.

Dana raised another $475, with all but $125 from inside Chaves County. With the exception of two donations totaling $86.78 from an anonymous donor, all of Trujillo’s donations listed came from donors within Chaves County, according to the report filed by his campaign.

Mayna Myers, the Libertarian Party candidate seeking to unseat Chaves County Magistrate Division II Judge E.J. Fouratt, a Republican, took in more cash, but has less cash-on-hand.

The report filed by the Myers campaign states that she raised $50 in September, while Fouratt did not raise any money. Fouratt entered September and begins October with $1,351.03 on-hand. Myers began the same period with $670.14 and ends it with $508.30 cash on hand.

K.C. Rogers, a Division I Magistrate Court Judge in Chaves County and a Republican unopposed in his bid for re-election, did not raise any money, but has $2,479.87 in his campaign account.

Myers received two $25 donations — one from an individual in Albuquerque and another from the Happy Home Cleaning, a company in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Neither candidate raised money this quarter in the District 2 race for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, though both have healthy campaign war chests.

Jefferson Byrd, a Republican, began with $52,060.33 and now has $51,885.55 on hand. Byrd’s opponent, Kevin Sanders, had $39,623.93 in his campaign account and ends the period with $29,781.97.

In New Mexico House District 59, Greg Nibert, a Republican and the only local state representative facing a challenge on the ballot in November, added $4,071 to the $34,150 he began September with. He now has $32,739.72 left on-hand.

Carl Swinney, Nibert’s Libertarian challenger, raised $300, all in a single donation from a college instructor in Long Beach, California, according to his campaign finance report. He now has $300 left in his campaign account.

Nibert’s biggest contribution was $1,621 from the re-election fund of state Rep. Larry Larranga, R-Albuquerque, according to the report from Nibert’s campaign. Larranga died earlier this week.

Nibert also received $500 from the Exxon Mobil Corporation in Houston, Texas, $250 from the World Acceptance Corporation Political Action Committee in Greenville, South Carolina, $150 from the New Mexico Medical Political Action Committee, $250 from the New Mexico Independent Finance Association in San Angelo Texas, $500 from the Farmers Employees and Agents Political Action Committee (FEAPAC) and $250 from the Consumer Installment Loan Association of New Mexico, Inc.

Some candidates in uncontested races did not rake in any money.

District 5 County Commissioner William Cavin, Chaves County Sheriff-elect Mike Herrington and County Auditor Mark Willard, all signed statements of no activity, stating they did not raise or spend any money since the start of the most recent reporting period.

District 58 State Rep. Candy Ezzell, R-Roswell and Phelps Anderson, a Republican unopposed in his bid to fill the District 66 seat now occupied by state Rep. Bob Wooley, R-Roswell, both received contributions in the most recent fundraising period. Anderson raised $1,000 adding to his $2,567.61 campaign account. The fundraising report states the $1,000 donation consisted of $500 from Exxon Mobil and $500 from Tesoro Companies, Inc. He ends the fundraising period with $2,289.79 left on hand.

Ezzell, a veteran lawmaker who already had $22,859.84 in her campaign fund, received a $250 contribution from RAI Services Company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The report filed by her campaign states she entered October with $21,609.84 on hand, after making a $1,500 contribution to the U.S. House campaign of fellow state Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, the Republican candidate in the 2nd New Mexico Congressional District.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.