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Candidate Kelly Leads in Campaign Contributions, Majority From Real Estate, Business Interests

May 5, 2015 By:InstantNewsWestu Staff

Local News

Five of the eight candidates running for election to the West U City Council have raised more than $12,000 in campaign  contributions and spent  more than $8,500, in their bids for a two-year term based on the April 9 Campaign Finance Reports.

Three of the candidates Steven Segal, Sonny Brandtner and Phil Snyder, were not required to file campaign finance reports since they opted, in advance, not to accept total contributions of more than $500 or spend more than $500.

Susan Sample, who is running unopposed in her campaign for Mayor, also was not required to file a report.

In campaign finance reports filed 30 days before the election, the leading money-raiser so far has been council candidate and former West U Mayor Bob Kelly. Kelly’s campaign finance report shows that he has raised $6,980 from 13 contributors, including two contributions totalling $2,000 from West U real estate investor Jim Reid, and two contributions totalling $1,900 from an entity called “Goode Company Management.” InstantNewsWestU.com could not determine whether Goode Company Management is a legal entity registered anywhere in the state of Texas.

Kelly said: “I no longer have the check. The name on the stub is Goode Company Management.”

State law prohibits corporations and labor unions from making campaign contributions.

According to the Texas Ethics Commission: “As a general rule, a political committee may not accept political contributions from corporations or labor organizations.”

Goode Cook, Inc., which operates three restaurants that are adjacent to West University Place, has had a long-standing, $6,000 per month, lease with the city for a parking lot on a part of the city-owned property on Dincans St., which was formerly the city’s RecyclExpress. The recycling center was closed last year, and the city has been considering relocating the Public Works maintenance facility to that property. The city council renewed the lease with the company about a year ago, on May 12, 2014, but can be terminated by the city in 2016.

Kelly also has a $500 contribution from Robert Duncan, a Houston resident, who is chairman of Transwestern, a real estate organization primarily involved in real estate investment and development.

Another former West U Mayor, Burt Ballanfant, who is also running for council, followed Kelly, with a total of $2,980 in contributions from 13 total contributors.

Ballanfant’s two biggest contributors, Ralph Hull and Sue Jean White, both gave him $500 campaign donations.

Candidate Brennan Reilly reported total contributions of $550, with a $500 contribution from  West U resident David Kuykendall.

Mardi Turner reported no contributions to her campaign, but listed an outstanding loan of $1,500.

Candidate Bruce Beneke raised a total of $600 in contributions, as well as an outstanding loan of $1,300. Beneke, a retired engineer who is a deacon at West University Baptist Church, received a $500 campaign contribution from outgoing councilman Ed Heathcott, another church deacon. Heathcott appears to be the only member of the council to make a contribution to a candidate in the May 9 municipal election.

Beneke also received $100 from West U resident Judy Faulkner.

Most of the candidates’ expenses were related to printing costs for yard signs, door hangers, or campaign brochures. Advertising was another big expense for some candidates; Kelly spent $1,895 on ads in two area magazines; while Beneke spent $375 on one magazine advertisement.

23 Responses to “Candidate Kelly Leads in Campaign Contributions, Majority From Real Estate, Business Interests”

  1. Lucille Gallman Says:

    Contentious West University Council races are nothing new. I like to read the archived editions of the Southwestern Times, a paper that covered West University, Southside Place, Bellaire, etc. like the Village Southwest News does now. Much is very sad because each edition seemed to mention a resident’s family member who had been killed in World War II along with the usual stories about daily life printed today. Recently, I was reading a story about a resident, a deceased pilot, who had a VFW named in his honor. This was in a 1945 edition, not long after the end of the war. At the bottom of the page was an article about the campaigning of a West U election heating up.

    • Lucille Gallman Says:

      From the Southwestern Times (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 18, Ed. 1
      Thursday, January 24, 1946, Sequence 2

      “True To Form – W. University Again Political Hotbed”

      “Petty politics during the administration of Frank Mainous as mayor of West University Place will have cost the taxpayers by 1970 at least $50,000. A petition for the recall of three of the commissioners, counteracted by another petition for the recall of the mayor and the other commissioner, so upset the city’s credit that bond houses charged an additional interest rate, one-quarter to one-half of one per cent, on $400,000 worth of bonds voted that year, 1942.
      It is the same old story that has plagued West University Place since its incorporation 21 years ago. Internal strife and talk of recall today are jeopardizing this city’s credit as well as its future prosperity.”

  2. Wolfgang Says:

    Great debate. For those of you keeping your names secret, I applaud you. For those of you that have a beef with that, what does it matter if you know the person or not? Is this what you will use to discredit their view? Their opinion is being expressed and should be respected regardless.

  3. Ed N Says:

    Fortunately, anyone who reads/posts on this blog has already decided which candidate(s) will get their vote. We should all find higher quality sources for our information that are unbiased and better written with readily substantiated statements. I’m done.

  4. Ordinary Citizen Says:

    Lucille,

    We all know who advocate for transparency is. From his OUTRAGEOUS comments above about Kelly, Ballanfant, Reilly and Turner it is obvious he is supporting a church slate of Segal, Beneke and Snyder.

    • ordinary citizen Says:

      Nope. Just shows Kelly has great support. Use your real name if you are going to accuse contributors of anything.

      • No Retreads for council Says:

        You’re far from any ordinary citizen. They support the Super Block, even with all the misinformation. You can’t dispute facts so you attack the messenger. Anyone who dismisses violations of campaign code as a positive is not even worth the time to respond.

    • No Retreads for council Says:

      Bob Kelly may have just violated campaign law. TX law is tested and clear on this. Sitting elected officials have been indicted over this. Former Speaker of the U.S. House ring a bell ? Kelly refuses to respond. He threatens to sue his critics and even those who simply don’t endorse him. His record is scary. The Ballanfant news will say nothing.

  5. advocatefortransparency Says:

    The Slate Wants Transparency, In addition to the above, here you go:

    Reilly
    -Is the leader of his street block against tri-sports and the ball fields behind his home. Their goal is to turn off the ball field lighting and the sound system. At a public meeting he said that he feels those fields should be parking lots for the town center and the school. His block has been the chronic complainer against tri-sports for years. Tri-Sports had better be awake in this election because you can bet there is some horse trading going on between the slate candidates that will impact them.
    -Publicly threatened, if elected, to condemn church property.
    -Publicly threatened, if elected, to pass ordinances to penalize churches in West U.
    -Wants to consider outsourcing public works services like garbage collection and vehicle maintenance which will directly impact city services to us.

    Kelly
    -As Mayor he bolted for Wimberly immediately following Hurricane Ike while the rest of us went without power for weeks. Great leadership.
    -As Mayor he went out drinking (at a minimum) with his voluptuous city secretary to the point of her getting fired and then he fought against the charter amendments where the voters could fix that problem. Fortunately the amendments easily passed in spite of him. Someone needs to find that recording.
    -As Mayor he rushed to approve $8 million in debt without a vote of the people to construct the new police building when the other building seemed fine. There were no task forces, no committees, no town hall meetings and no input from the public.
    -Wants to reopen the recycling center even though it only serves City of Houston residents and was losing over $200,000 per year.

    Ballanfant
    -Rushed to approve an additional $3 million in debt to construct more sidewalks over and above the $5 million approved by the voters. There were no task forces, no committees, no town hall meetings and no input from the public.
    -Pushed to approve the construction of a temporary HISD school campus where the city’s recreation center is today. It almost was approved until the residents around that site woke up and realized what he was doing.
    -Pushed for West U police ticket quotas at public city council meetings which is against the law.
    -Lied to the city council about the surrounding resident support for the purchase of the Ownby property on Pittsburg. Council considered the purchase of some parkland in that area until the opposition showed up and killed it. The purchase of this $7 million property is his number one goal and the reason he is running.

    Turner
    -Lied to the city council about the surrounding resident support for the purchase of the Ownby property on Pittsburg. Council considered the purchase of some parkland in that area until the opposition showed up and killed it. The purchase of this $7 million property is her number one goal and the reason she is running.
    -Wants to consider outsourcing public works services like garbage collection and vehicle maintenance which will directly impact city services to us.
    -Wants to increase solid waste fees on us to provide greenwaste collection
    -Wants to reopen the recycling center even though it only serves City of Houston residents and was losing over $200,000 per year to operate.

    • Lucille Gallman Says:

      I am sure you understand that it is hard to take your advocacy for transparency seriously when you hide your name.

    • David Says:

      You are a vindictive little person, I will give you that!

    • Russel Jones Says:

      I live near Reilly too and he has made his feelings clear about Tri-Sports over the years. He told my neighbor that he basically thinks they should be expelled from the city and just operate out of their other campus.

    • Jennifer McKerrow Says:

      Wow, how hypocritical can you be? The slate claims to want transparency but they have no clue how to live it based on their actions.

  6. Lucille Gallman Says:

    I would vote for Burt Ballanfant, Bob Kelly, Brennan Reilly and Sonny Brandtner because they are the best candidates to deal with the proposed changes to the elementary school.

    • Brennan Reilly Says:

      Thanks Lucille. Wish you were still a resident!

      Hope folks value the opinions of real people who are willing to use their real names rather than the anonymous trash talker below. Easy to spout outrageous lies and spread false rumors when you are anonymous.

  7. Vince Says:

    No Retreads. Well stated. I’m really glad I live where I live. Some of the kool aid drinkers living around the Milton depot are about to get a permanent truck stop in their backyards. Even better, contract, crappier trash service.

  8. No retreads for council Says:

    Thanks for publishing this InstantWU. The Ballanfant news will censor anything that does not fit their myopic agenda. Who cares about Kelly taking $ from Goode and what that means for an ugly permanent truck maintenance facility on Milton. Kelly should apply some of that contribution to counseling for his holier than thou attitude and lawsuit-threatening anger management. he takes “offense” to anyone suggesting that he supports privatization of trash services when he wrote such merely 8 weeks ago. His puppet Reilly believes that if you say something 8 weeks ago it is no longer relevant.

  9. 40 year resident Says:

    Who are all these trolls? I’m suspicious.

  10. This Kind of Money? Says:

    It seems all amounts donated are very modest. Ed Heathcott donated $500 to Bruce Beneke. Big deal.

    • West U Resident Says:

      For a small municipal race? $2,000. I think that’s not modest.

  11. David Says:

    Yes, I dispute that!

  12. West U Resident Says:

    A promise like…maybe…that the “controversial” maintenance facility would not be moved to the Dincans site where Goode Company currently rents a parking lot from us? If they had to move, they would have to pay a lot to build a parking garage on their own land.

  13. Brokelyn Says:

    Can’t wait to see election results. I fear that Kelly will win on spending and name recognition, not the quality of his character and ideas.

    Ugh.

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