Fifteen candidates are vying to succeed former Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston), and their 8-day-out campaign finance reports show a distinct first tier, at least in terms of resources. Candidates were required to file their 8-day-out reports, disclosing contributions received and expenditures made between September 27 and October 26.
Four candidates raised at least $33K during the period, and no other who filed a report raised more than $8K. The fundraising leaders were Houston educator Kendra Yarbrough Camarena ($65K), Houston educator and former Houston ISD Anna Eastman ($57K), Houston consultant Michele Leal ($46K) and Houston attorney Chris Watt ($34K), all Democrats. Leal ($120K), Eastman ($60K) and Watt ($54K) spent the most during the period, followed by Camarena ($28K) and Houston firefighter Rob Block ($24K). A couple of candidates’ reports were not yet available online.
Overall, the top contribution totals to date belong to Leal ($155K), Eastman ($107K), Camarena ($82K), Watt ($67K) and Block ($42K).
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