LUBBOCK, TX -- Candidate for City Council District 3, Deanne Clark, raised questions about the fundraising of her two opponents during a phone interview for EverythingLubbbock.com
As of the most recent campaign finance report, Clark had raised more than $7,800. Maurice Stanley had raised more than $13,000, and Jeff Griffith had raised almost $55,000.
A few days ago Stanley and Griffith traded barbs on the issue of fundraising. Neither mentioned Clark.
“Sometimes when guys don’t want to deal with a female they just pretend she’s not there,” Clark said.
But the bigger criticism is the sheer amount of money amassed in the District 3 race.
“What is it that makes this race so valuable?” Clark asked. “What are we saying?”
Clark believes millions of dollars in new housing and annexation will come before the City Council in the next four years, and that’s the reason so much money has come into the race.
“I think Griffith has been chosen by the elite to represent them,” Clark said. “You can’t do anything about it except bring it to the attention of the voters. The common citizen needs to be able to run in these races.”
In some ways Clark feels like her $7,800 is more valuable than Griffith’s or Stanley’s political war chests because it came from people who sometimes didn’t have money to spare.
“Those little givers just touch my heart,” Clark said. “I knew it was a sacrifice.”
Clark also said walking the district and talking to voters goes a long way toward overcoming a fundraising disadvantage. She pointed to outgoing District 3 Councilman Todd Klein as an example. She said he had less money but still won eight years ago.
Stanley first raised the issue of fundraising last month – referring to Griffith’s donors as special interest. But Stanley had to clean up a fundraising issue of his own when accepted anonymous campaign money.
As recently as Sunday Stanley and Griffith were battling again over issues of fundraising. In the meantime, one of the biggest local political donors, the West Texas Homebuilders’ Association recently stepped into the fray to defend its decision to fund certain candidates.
Early voting has wrapped up. Election day is Saturday May 10.