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Harper, Lewis, Wood lead opponents in fundraising

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Candidates who appear on the June 3 primary election ballot this year were required, by 5 p.m. Monday, to upload their second campaign finance reports, covering the period from April 8 to May 5, to a database on the New Mexico Secretary of State's website.

The reports provide a level of transparency. Candidates must report names and addresses of their contributors, and occupations if individual donations are $250 or more. They also have to itemize their expenses, provide contact information for their campaign and treasurer and describe any loans.

State Representative, District 44

Rep. Jane E. Powdrell-Culbert, a Republican in Corrales, raised $4,050, primarily from businesses and political action committees, and spent $350, on treasurer reports and photography. She has $28,284.90 in cash on hand. She faces no opposition in the primary or general election.

State Representative, District 57

Jason Harper, the Republican incumbent, raised $550, mostly from a PAC, and spent $670, on a volunteer and donations to other candidates. He has $1,000 in unpaid campaign debt and $10,048.71 in his campaign account.

Donna Tillman, a Democrat in Rio Rancho, filed a statement of no activity, which means she did not receive any contributions nor spend any campaign funds since filing her last report. Her closing balance during last month's report was $495.60. She will face Harper in November.

State Representative, District 60

Rep. Tim Lewis, a Republican in Rio Rancho, received $350 from a PAC and donated $500 to a candidate. His closing balance was $14,203.23.

Linda Allison, the Democratic challenger, reported a $100 donation from Tom Buckner and had no expenditures. She has $917.94 in the bank for her campaign. She will run against Lewis in the general election.

Sandoval County Commission, District 1

The incumbent, Orlando Lucero, Democrat, faces term limits and cannot seek re-election.

R. James Dominguez, a Democrat in Bernalillo, received $800 in contributions, with the largest coming from the Democratic Party of Sandoval County, and spent $300 on campaign signs. He has a cash balance of $500.

Gary Miles, a Republican in Placitas, reported once again he received no contributions and made no expenditures. He will face Dominguez in November.

Sandoval County Commission, District 3

Incumbent Don Chapman, a Republican in Rio Rancho, received contributions totaling $850, with $500 coming from his wife and $150 from Harper's campaign. He spent $1,135.80, mostly on yard signs. He has a closing balance of $1,344.58.

Republican challenger Michael MacDonald received 10 contributions totaling $2,625, as well as a $200 in-kind contribution. He spent $1,247.70, primarily on signs and palm cards. He has $1,877.30 in cash on hand. He faces Chapman in the primary.

County Assessor

Antonio Montoya, a Democrat in Rio Rancho, raised $758.01, with most of that coming from him. He and spent $658.01 on signs and cards. He has $100 left over for the primary.

Leroy Lovato, a Republican in Bernalillo, raised $2,720, with $2,000 out of his own pocket, and spent $2,809.35, primarily on advertising, data and signs. He has a closing balance of $1,109.46.

Incumbent Tom Garcia, a Republican in Rio Rancho, received $550 in contributions, a $7 in-kind contribution and a $337.66 loan from himself. He spent $337.66 on his campaign and reported $337.66 in unpaid campaign debt. He has $404.65 in the bank for his campaign.

Pete Salazar, a Republican in Placitas, neither raised nor spent any funds. He has a closing balance of $150.

Garcia, Lovato and Salazar face each other in the primary. Montoya faces the winner of that race in the general.

County Sheriff

Steve Reynolds, a Democrat in Rio Rancho, raised $850, with most of that coming from someone at his home address, and spent $373.78 on signs. He has $5,674 in unpaid campaign debt and a closing balance of $1,270.22.

John Paul Trujillo, a Democrat in Rio Rancho, received no contributions and spent $312.21 on signs. He ended the period with $297.53.

Jesse James Casaus, a Democrat in Placitas, raised $300, received $1,993.52 in in-kind contributions, loaned his campaign $800, spent $2,006.54 mostly on signs and advertising, and has $5,800 in unpaid campaign debt. He has a closing balance of $785.58.

Incumbent Doug Wood, a Republican in Rio Rancho, raised $2,500, mostly from businesses, with an in-kind contribution of $1,800 for printing, and spent $1,616.50 on signs and printing. He has $3,532.72 left over for the primary.

Casaus, Reynolds and Trujillo will face off in the primary. Wood will run against the winner of that race in the general.

Probate Judge

Incumbent Charles Aguilar, a Democrat, filed a statement of no activity.

Lawrence D. McClain, a Republican in Rio Rancho, neither raised nor spent money, but he has $671.93 in unpaid campaign debt. His closing balance for the period was $342.05. He will face Aguilar in November.

Magistrate Judge, Division 1

Incumbent Judge Richard L. Zanotti, a Democrat in Rio Rancho, said in a phone message his treasurer had prepared a report for Monday's deadline. His treasurer was checking to see if the campaign had submitted a report online since last month.

Daniel Tallon, a Democrat in Placitas, received $635 in contributions, loaned his campaign $196 and spent $1,903.36, mostly on signs and a mailer. He has $829.61 in unpaid campaign debt and his closing balance was $3,184.61. He will face Zanotti in the primary.

Magistrate Judge, Division 2

Judge F. Kenneth Eichwald is not running again for the position.

Bill Mast, a Democrat in Bernalillo, received 10 contributions totaling $790 and spent $813.06 on advertising, food, gas, and postage. He has $1,500 in unpaid campaign debt and his closing balance was $912.94.

Benito Aragon, a Democrat in Rio Rancho, received no contributions, loaned his campaign $522 and paid $522 for advertising. He has $3,707.06 in unpaid campaign debt and a closing balance of $0.

Joseph F. Ramirez, a Democrat in Cuba, raised $855, received and repaid a loan worth $290.35 and spent $912.16, mostly for signs. He has $131.17 left over for the primary.

Timothy Herrera, a Democrat in La Jara, received 13 contributions totaling $1,179 and spent $1,087.25, primarily on cards, signs and advertising. He has a closing balance of $95.07.

Aragon, Herrera, Mast and Ramirez face each other in the primary.

Magistrate Judge, Division 3

Judge Delilah Montaño-Baca, a Democrat in Peña Blanca, filed a statement of no activity.

She faces no opposition in the primary.

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