by Jim Nintzel
When it comes to fundraising in the Tucson City Council races, the incumbents definitely have the advantage, according the latest campaign finance reports covering contributions and spending through May 31.
Take Ward 1, where Democratic incumbent Regina Romero is facing a primary challenge from Democrat Joe Flores.
Romero had already raised $43,500 as of May 31 and applied for matching funds, which will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for her private contributions. As we reported weeks ago, that means that Romero is essentially done with fundraising.
Flores, a political newcomer, has raised only $2,291 by the end of May and has loaned his campaign another $,2623. He had just $2,030 in the bank at the end of the reporting period.
In Ward 2, Democratic incumbent Paul Cunningham had a big lead over Republican challenger Jennifer Rawson.
Cunningham had raised $16,711 and has qualified for matching funds. His campaign manager, Curtis Dutiel, told The Range earlier this month that Cunningham had received an additional $11,000 in matching funds since the report was filed and had roughly $23,000 in cash on hand.
His GOP opponent, Jennifer Rawson, reported raising $1,432 and had $665 in the bank at the end of the reporting period.
In Ward 4, incumbent Councilwoman Shirley Scott has raised just $15,861, putting her in last place among her council colleagues. She had just under $11,000 left in the bank and has yet to apply to qualify for matching funds.
But her GOP challenger, Tyler Vogt, had raised just $4,797 and had only $1,886 in the bank.
We mentioned yesterday that Democratic mayoral candidate Jonathan Rothschild has raised more than $160,000. At this point, Rothschild only faces a challenge from the Green Party, although Republicans are considering mounting a write-in campaign for a candidate.
Still to come: Campaign finance reports from the three mayoral candidates who were bounced from the ballot.
Today is the deadline for filing campaign-finance reports. Check them out yourself here.