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Chandler outraises Sheehey, reports show

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By Tris DeRoma

Democratic candidate Chris Chandler vying for state representative for District 43 outraised her opponent Pete Sheehey by $2,145, according to the second round of campaign finance reports filed Monday.

Chandler and Sheehey are hoping to replace Los Alamos County resident Stephanie Garcia Richard as the next state representative of the 43rd District. Garcia Richard announced in 2017 she would run for New Mexico Land Commissioner. 

Chandler reported $4,005 in contributions between April 3 and May 7, with $6,920.84 in expenditures. 

Sheehey reported $1,860 for the same reporting period and $1,986.57 in expenditures.

Chandler’s contributions for this May period averaged between $50 and $250, with 26 of them coming from individual contributors and one coming from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. LANL contributed $100 to her campaign.   

Chandler’s biggest expenditures were for advertising with the Los Alamos Daily Post for $1,304.92 and a half payment of $3,000 for Voter Research, a public relations company owned by Garcia Richard’s spokeswoman, Tarin Nix. 

Chandler’s report also shows she’s carrying a campaign debt of $1,500.

Sheehey’s contributions all came from individuals, with his wife, Naishing Key, contributing $1,000. Sheehey’s highest expenditure was for the Los Alamos Daily Post, with $1,023.76 spent on advertising. 

Republican state representative candidate Lisa Shin reported raising $6,585 for the second period. Total expenditures were $341.31. Most of her contributions were from in-state individuals. 

Garcia Richard also will be in the June 5 Democratic primary, as she goes up against rival Democrats Garrett O. Veneklasen and George K. Munoz for state land commissioner. 

Garcia Richard received $24,289 in contributions and made $23,529.93 in expenditures for the May reporting period.

Garcia Richard’s biggest contributors include John Horning, executive director of  WildEarth Guardians. Horning, as an individual, gave Garcia Richard’s campaign $1,000. Other $1,000 contributors included Patricia McNeill, Margaret Detwiler, James Van Sickle, Mark Jones, the New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council and the Santa Clara Development Corporation, a Santa Clara Pueblo corporation that owns and operates the Santa Claran Hotel Casino, Puye Cliffs, Black Mesa Golf Club and other pueblo-managed operations.

Garcia Richard’s biggest expenditure was  to Voter Research, at $11,205, and advertising on KOAT at $6,150.25.

Garrett Veneklasen, who is second on the Democratic primary ballot for land commissioner, reported $49,035.50 in contributions and $58,199.88 in expenditures.

Veneklasen received just under $20,000 in out-of state contributions for this period. Veneklasen’s highest expenditures included $20,000 for Strother Nuckels Strategies and Rio Strategies.

The last Democratic candidate on the ballot, George Munoz, reported $13,320 on contributions for the May reporting period and $5,401.24 in expenditures. Some of Munoz’ biggest contributors included Committee to Elect John A. Smith with $1,000 and Write Away LLC with $5,000. Other large contributors included BP North America Employee PAC and the Jicarilla Apache Nation, each giving $1,000. 

Munoz’ biggest expenditure for this period was for Albuquerque-based Don Mickey Designs for $1,7775.90.