The Woodlands, January 22 – Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace candidate Matt Beasley has successfully raised $49,761.23, while both of his opponents have struggled to raise funds and together only raised $19,579.15 (not counting money one of his opponents and his father put into his own electoral campaign).
Beasley, who works as Chief of Staff to Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack, filed his Campaign Finance Report covering the period from July 1 to December 31, 2017, on January 16, 2018. Beasley disclosed $49,761.23 in monetary contributions, a very healthy amount of raised funds in a Precinct 3 JP race. Beasley only spent $9,960.34 during the reporting period and enjoys a balance of $42,363.78 in his campaign account, which is more than sufficient to run a race in Precinct 3, which includes most of south Montgomery County.
Beasley’s three largest contributors are Gerod Rush of the Woodlands who contributed $25,000, Jack Weaverling of The Woodlands who contributed $5,000, and Eric Yollick of The Woodlands who contributed $3,500. Beasley told The Golden Hammer that Rush is a friend of Beasley’s who made the large contribution out of friendship but who does not regularly do business in the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace court.
Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Dan Zientek disclosed $11,645 in monetary contributions and $2,774.15 of in-kind contributions. Zientek has spent $8,626.22 on the campaign, leaving him with a bank account balance of $2,708.78.
Zientek’s three largest contributors are Robben Cunningham of Magnolia, $1,200, Bill and Shawn King of Magnolia, $1,000, and Dane Cantwell of Spring, $1,000.
The third candidate in the race is Grimes County Assistant District Attorney Ronnie Yeates, II, who lives in his family property near the Oklahoma Community just south of The Woodlands. On October 19, 2017, Yeates issued a press release that he was successful “to raise more than $100k ahead of the March election.” Almost all of those funds were $76,000 in loans Yeates loaned to himself for his campaign and a $30,000 contribution from his father, Ronnie Yeates of Magnolia.
In actuality, besides the money from himself and from his father, Yeates has raised $5,160 in monetary contributions. On December 7, 2017, Yeates ran an advertisement plea in which he asked individuals to “Please consider donating $30, $103, $300, $1,003 or any dollar amount you would like to the campaign.”
Yeates’ three largest contributors are Cory Crenshaw of Beaumont, $1,000, Blake Meaux of Spring, $1,000, and attorney Douglas Atkinson of Montgomery, $500.
Yeates has spent $11,154.39 on his campaign but claims a balance of $100,005.61 in his campaign account.