We of “The Legendary” stand corrected. It is not necessary for a candidate in an unopposed race to file campaign finance reports. Write-in candidates are not considered opponents, in the opinion of the Texas Ethics Commission. Our readers have not heard that – yet.
McLennan Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna
Waco – A last-day check of elections records shows incumbent McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna has failed to file 30-day and 8-day before-election campaign fund reports.
He faces an aggressive write-in campaign from former prosecutor Robert G. Callahan in a race that is financially lopsided to an extreme degree, according to what records are available.
The latest report Reyna filed was as of July 30. It shows he had maintained a total of $68,384.37 in his campaign war chest. Expenses through that date totaled $5,566.61.
Records current through October 30 show Callahan’s campaign contributions totaled $12,677, expenditures of $8,256.88, and that he has maintained $4,370 in campaign funds through the end of October.
Failure to timely file campaign funding reports is a Class B Misdemeanor offense, according to the Texas Elections Code. Such an offense is punishable by a fine of $2,000, 180 days in jail, or both, according to the Texas Penal Code.