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Trujillo topped Dana in fundraising in county commissioner race

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Dara Dana, Republican candidate in the race for the District 1 seat on the Chaves County Board of Commissioners, speaks at the Aug. 16 meeting of the Chaves County Federated Republican Women. Dana defeated Democrat Michael Trujillo in November’s election, but recent fundraising numbers showed that Trujillo raised more money. (Alex Ross Photo)

Although narrowly defeated in his bid for a seat on the Chaves County Board of Commissioners in November, Democrat Michael Trujillo had a fundraising edge over his Republican opponent Dara Dana.

Trujillo — a county commissioner from 2003 to 2011— and former state Rep. Dana, R-Dexter, ran against each other in an open race for the District 1 seat on the Commission now held by Republican James Duffey.

Duffey was unable to seek re-election due to term limits. Dana defeated Trujillo by 32 votes and will officially take office Dec. 31.

Trujillo raised $641 and spent $873 between Oct. 31 and Dec. 1, while Dana did not spend or raise any money during that time, according to reports filed by both campaigns last week with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office.

Trujillo began the campaign period with $491 on-hand and ended it with $260.

Contributions included $84 Trujillo gave to his own campaign and $484 from Carolyn Madison, an accountant from Roswell, according to the fundraising report.

From October 2017 — when the campaigns were first required to document their campaign fundraising and spending — until last week, Trujillo’s campaign out-raised Dana’s $7,226 to $6,800, the reports state.

Trujillo also slightly outspent Dana, $6,966 to $6,681.

In the race for Chaves County Magistrate Court Judge District II, neither Judge E.J. Fouratt, a Republican, or Libertarian Mayna Myers raised or spent any money in the final fundraising quarter, according to reports.

Myers, though, managed to outpace Fouratt in fundraising throughout the campaign, raising $4,370.16 to Fouratt’s $3,323. Myers also outspent Fouratt $4,022 to $2,959.

Fouratt ended up defeating Myers on Election Day, 78 to 21 percent.

State Rep. Greg Nibert, R-Roswell, added $1,325 to his campaign war chest in the final campaign fundraising quarter in his bid for re-election to his House District 59 seat.

Nibert began the fundraising quarter with $40,505 on-hand, according to reports. He spent $1,559 and ended the fundraising quarter with $40,271.

Campaign contributions in November included $250 from the Apartment Association of New Mexico PAC in Albuquerque and $1,000 from Fred Yates of Roswell, who works in the oil and gas industry.

Nibert’s Libertarian opponent Carl Swinney of Carrizozo raised $107 during the fourth quarter, which he later returned to the contributor when the campaign ended, according to report.

Nibert raised $42,346 and spent $17,398 — while Swinney raised and spent a total of $300 — throughout the course of the campaign.

Phelps Anderson, a Republican unopposed in his New Mexico House District 66 race, raised $500 from the Geo Group in Boca Raton, Florida in November.

Anderson began the quarter with $5,948.40 and ended it with $6,448. He also had an unpaid campaign debt of $100, the report states.

His campaign raised a total of $10,600 and spent $4,151.

Anderson will replace state Rep. Bob Wooley, R-Roswell, who decided not to seek re-election this year.

State Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell, received a $250 contribution from the Hospital Corporations PAC in Albuquerque in the final fundraising quarter, according to reports.

Ezzell began the fundraising quarter with $3,859 in her campaign account. She spent $300 during that period and ended the campaign with a closing balance of $4,459.

Although she faced no opposition in the primary or general election for re-election to her House District 58 seat, Ezzell — who is House Republican Caucus Chair in the New Mexico House — raised $15,571 throughout the campaign and spent $38,451. She began the campaign in 2017 with $27,440 already on hand, according to reports.

Mark Willard, a Republican and the Chaves County Assessor, raised and spent $7,620.96 during his campaign for re-election, despite not having an opponent in either the general election or primary.

His campaign fundraising and spending ceased after he filed his first campaign finance report of the general election season that was due Sept. 10.

Incoming Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington raised a total of $55,449.90 in his successful Republican primary challenge to incumbent Sheriff Britt Snyder, and spent $55,432.63.

Herrington, who will be sworn in Dec. 31, was unopposed in the general election and reports show his campaign did not raise or spend any money after filing their first campaign finance report of the general election cycle in September.

Snyder raised $25,596 ahead of the June 5 primary and spent $35,338.83. He kicked off his campaign with $9,472 on-hand, according to a campaign finance report filed in April.

A September campaign finance report indicates Snyder spent $947 of the $1,150 that remained in his campaign account after the primary.

He donated $700 to Republican candidate for governor Steve Pearce in July, and spent another $247 in August on an appreciation dinner for members of his campaign committee.

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