By LEW K. COHN, Inquirer Editor
Eleven of the 12 candidates filed campaign finance returns in the past deadline with Gonzales County Elections Administrator Gwen Schaefer.
Political candidates are required by the Texas Ethics Commission to file a 30-day campaign finance report by January 31 and an eight-day campaign finance report by February 22, unless they are eligible for a modified report. Some applicants also submit a filing report on January 15.
An opposing candidate is eligible for the amended declaration only if they do not intend to exceed $940 in contributions or $940 in expenses (excluding filing fees) in an election.
The only candidate who has not filed a campaign finance return so far is Donald Page Jr., the former Gonzales County GOP chairman who is running for county treasurer against incumbent Sheryl Barborak.
The Inquirer had not yet received eight-day campaign finance reports (due by February 22) for any candidate at the time of publication.
The biggest race to date is for county judge, where incumbent Patrick Davis takes on Gonzales Mayor Connie Kacir in the March 1 GOP primary.
• From November 13, 2021 to January 15, 2022, Davis declared $6,000 in political contributions and expenses of $2,843.06. There was no individual breakdown of contributions and expenses.
• In his January 31 report, Davis filed a report showing $11,750 in political contributions and $4,476.90 from the period of November 14, 2021 to January 31, 2022. There was no individual breakdown of contributions and expenses.
• Kacir’s January 31 report shows it was filed on February 9 and includes the period from December 14, 2021 to January 31, 2022. It shows $3,500 in political contributions and $5,552.57 in political expenses, of which $2,052.57 of expenses incurred. with personal funds. Kacir brought in a $1,000 contribution from John Tinsley of Cost; a $500 contribution from Tony Spears of Rosanky and a $2,000 contribution from Stephen Pirtle of Gonzales. Expenses include $3,000 for advertising and signs at Personal Impressions; $500 for a John Gannon Inc. billboard; and spending personal funds with Personal Impressions and the Gonzales Inquirer for political signs and advertising.
In the March 1 GOP primary, William Miller challenges incumbent Sheriff Keith Schmidt, who is running for the remaining term of the late Sheriff Robert Ynclan, who died last year. Schmidt was appointed in September 2021 to serve as sheriff until a new election can be held.
• Miller’s January 15 report was received on January 18 and shows contributions and expenses from November 24, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Miller had political contributions of $1,100 and expenses of $1,618.90 and was reporting political contributions maintained of $348.54 as of January 15. Expenses include $751.46 in political contributions and $867.44 in personal funds.
Miller’s contributions include $100 from Brian Schroeder of Harwood and $1,000 from Deron Dement of Gonzales. Expenses include $751.46 to Personal Impressions for yard signs and wire hangers; $750 to the Gonzales County Republican Party for its filing fee and $117.44 to VistaPrint for the business cards.
• In his January 31 report, Miller shows spending and political contributions from January 1 to January 20. He said he received $1,000 in political contributions — $500 each from Trudy Hosek and Lauren Miller. He reported total expenses of $2,105.18, including $1,453.74 from political contributions and $751.44 from personal funds. It brings in the remaining $68.82 in political contributions as of January 31.
Expenses include $1,253.74 of Personal Impressions for signs; $200 for sponsorship of the Gonzales County Critter Getter Scavenger Hunt in cost; $251.44 from VistaPrint for trifold brochures; $400 for a table at the Gonzales County Go Texan event; and $100 for an item purchased at the silent auction at the Go Texan event.
• Schmidt’s first report was filed on January 13 and covers the period from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. It reported an outstanding personal loan total of $5,000 of which $22.55 was spent on political expenses, leaving a balance of $4,977.45 in his campaign fund. Expenses of $22.55 went to Harland Clarke for checks and deposit books for his campaign account.
• Schmidt filed the January 31 report on February 4, which covers a period from January 1 to January 20. He declared total contributions of $6,247.05 and expenses of $8,378.82, leaving a balance of $2,868.23 in his campaign account. Contributions include $1,000 from Jared Brumme of Harwood; $500 from Glen Sachtleben of Gonzales; $500 from Dorothy Wood of Corpus Christi; $1,000 from Dennis and Christina Jahns of Gonzales; $1,000 from John Tinsley of Gonzales; $500 from Nixon’s Bud Wuest; $1,500 from Leslie Ploeger of Gonzales and $247.05 in in-kind contributions from Betty Dupree of Waelder for T-posts for campaign signs.
The expenses include $220.83 from Anchor T Embroidery for the caps and $8,157.99 from Personal Impressions for the campaign signs.
As previously reported, the March 1 GOP primary county treasurers race pits Donald Page Jr., the former Gonzales County GOP chair, against incumbent Sheryl Barborak. Page has not filed a report thus far and may be eligible for an amended report if he receives less than $940 and spends less than $940.
Barborak’s January 15 report was filed on January 18 and includes the period from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. She did not report any contributions or expenses for that period. Its January 31 report, which covers the period from January 1 to 20, also does not include any contributions or expenditures.
Constituency Commissioner 2
Shane Brzozowski is challenging his uncle, incumbent Donnie Brzozowski, for precinct 2 commissioner in the March 1 GOP primary.
• Shane Brzozowski’s January 15 report was filed on January 26 and covers the period from November 22, 2021 to January 15, 2022. He reported $400 in political contributions and a personal loan of $1,150 for his countryside. Contributions include $150 from Gonzales’ Ferd West Jr. and $250 from Gonzales’ Houston C. Munson III. He declared no expenses during this period.
• Donnie Brzozowski’s Jan. 15 report was filed Jan. 18 and includes the period Sept. 27, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2021. He reported a personal expense of $750 for his County Republican Party campaign filing fees. Gonzales, with no declared political contributions and no other expenses.
• Donnie Brzozowski’s January 31 report includes the period from January 1 to January 27. It reports total contributions of $550 with expenses totaling $577.70 and a remaining campaign fund balance of $32.30. Contributions include $200 from Adolph Novosad of Shiner; $250 from Quieton Novosad from Shiner and $100 from Jerry Avtny from Waelder. Expenses include $274.37 to Personal Impressions for cards and door hangers; $139.97 to McCoy’s Building Supply for stacks of panels, a stapler, staples and nails; and $103.42 to McCoys for stacks of panels, nails and staples.
Ward Commissioner 4
Challenger Gabriel Peña squares off in the March 1 Republican primary against incumbent Commissioner of Precinct 4 Collie Boatright Jr.
• Peña’s January 15 report covers the period from December 8, 2021 to January 15, 2022. Peña reports no political contributions, but expenses of $1,838.83. This includes $86.17 in personal funds from Personal Impressions for political campaign signs and a credit card expense of $1,752.66 made to Personal Impressions for metal pickets for campaign signs.
• Peña’s January 31 report was filed on February 4 and covers the period from January 1 to March 1. It reports no political contributions and the same expenses previously reported in the January 15 report in the amount of $1,838.83.
• Boatright’s January 15 report covers the period from November 15, 2021 to January 15, 2022. It reported political contributions of $750 and expenses of $1,107.03. Contributions include $500 from Otis and Sherilyn Erust of Nixon and $250 from Charles and Mary White of Smiley. Expenses include $1,107.03 from Personal Impressions for posters and business cards.
• Boatright’s January 31 report covers the period from January 15 to January 28. It brings in $1,500 in political contributions and $310.30 in expenses with a campaign fund balance of $832.67. Contributions include $1,000 from Gonzales’ Schroeder Family Operating Fund LLC and $500 from Nixon’s Brown Trust. Expenses include $310.30 for Eagle Ford Signs in Floresville.
Constituency 1 justice of the peace
Deidra D. Voigt, incumbent Justice of the Peace for District 1, faces a challenge from Jacey Trammell during the March 1 Republican primary.
• Voigt filed her report on January 31 to cover the period from November 13, 2021 to February 1, 2022. She reports political contributions of $600; unitary political contributions of $140; loan proceeds of $4,150; and political expenses in the amount of $1,548.58. Contributions include $500 from B. Munson of Gonzales and $100 from RC Parr of Houston. The loan balance includes $2,375 in personal funds and $1,775 in carryover from previous political campaigns dating back to 2009.
The expenses include $375 to the Gonzales County Republican Party for filing fees; $33.94 for gas at Circle K for travel; a $70 donation to the Gonzales County Go Texan organization; $4.10 to Harbor Freight for zip ties; $20.52 for office supplies at Walmart; $727.87 to Personal Impressions for campaign materials; $116 at the United States Post Office for stamps; $38.50 at Walmart for gasoline; $116 at the US Post Office for stamps; and $46.65 at Circle K for gas.
• Trammell’s January 31 report covers the period from January 1 to January 20. She reports political contributions of $7,314.11 and expenses of $4,668.14 with a campaign fund balance of $4,375.60. Contributions include $1,251.55 in cash contributions and $6,062.56 in in-kind contributions. Monetary contributions include $100 from Timothy Markham of Gonzales; $250 from Jo & Glen Sachtleben of Gonzales; $151.55 from Jason A. Haile of Gonzales and $750 from Janelle C. Trammell of Gonzales. In-kind contributions include $6,062.56 from JGI outdoor advertising for billboards.
Expenses include $18.27 to Wal-Mart for zip ties for signs; $19.27 to Gonzales Building Center for panel zip ties; and $4,630.50 to the Gonzales Inquirer for publicity.