Call Andy Nguyen A Guy Who Likes To Spend Some Cash

Friday, April 09, 2010

Apparently this race is getting a decent amount of attention in part because of Nguyen's fundraising and spending efforts (although I'm not exactly sure why that's an attention grabber because aren't you supposed to spend what you raise?).

Political newcomer Andy Nguyen is outfundraising and outspending longtime County Commissioner Marti VanRavenswaay by more than a 2-to-1 ratio in the contentious Republican runoff for Precinct 2, according to campaign contribution reports filed this week.

Early voting in Tuesday's runoff lasts through Friday.

Nguyen, a 43-year-old former chairman of the Vietnamese-American Community of Tarrant County, raised $30,445 in contributions from Feb. 21 through Friday. His campaign spent $42,635 and had $36,509 on hand at the end of the period.

By comparison, VanRavenswaay, 63, who has been in office since 1990, raised $14,975 during roughly the same time. She spent $18,514 and had just $238.17 left on hand.

Tom Ha, Nguyen's campaign manager, said the community is eager to support Nguyen because he has given his time and talents to them over the years.

"They know him. They know his service," Ha said.
More at the Star-Telegram.