Former Councilman Eric Elza reports a total of $570 in campaign income, all self-loaned, which covers the $103 filing fee and $420 in campaign signs. The one discrepancy is with expenditures, on his "G3" report (p.3 of attachment) he reflects a payment of $1,475 to the River Cities Gazette for newspaper advertising, but there is no reported income to offset. I'm guessing this is an oversight and I've reached out to Mr. Elza to get clarification. UPDATE: Elza confirms that he is filing an amended report today 4/3 to reflect an additional loan of $1475 - bringing his total campaign to $2045, all self-funded. Nothing else of note with respect to his other qualifying documents.
Ms. Hernandez reports a total of of $3,359.12 in contributions, $2,124.12 of which is self-funded. Her largest single contribution is $675 from "Miriam and Evelio Cabrera" on 3/8. I note this only because Mr. Cabrera also appears as the top contributor on the donor lists of Candidates Martin Marquez ($300 on 3/20 and an additional $250 on 3/27) and Kathie Marquez (identical contributions of $300 on 3/20 and $250 on 3/27.)
Cabrera is President of Zimmerman Auto Brokers on NW 36th Street.
Ms. Hernandez's candidate petition was a group effort, with no fewer than 8 individual canvassers collecting signatures, including Hernandez herself. She is the only candidate to have petitions circulated by a sitting member of the Miami Springs City Council, Hon. Roslyn Buckner (pp.32-33 of attachment).
Billy Bain update:
We have received a response from State Sen. Rene Garcia of the PAC, "People In Need of Government Accountability" with respect to their $1000 contribution. The Senator's reply begins at the bottom of page 1 and goes over the page 2. Because it appeared to have come from a personal account, I chose to partially redact the email address.
See you at the Polls - again, comments and feedback welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter who you vote for, be sure to vote Miami Springs! s/o
Bill Tallman has been a Miami Springs resident since 2002, and a community activist since 2003. He believes that the best decisions tend to come from people with the best information at hand.