Don Warren, left, and John Nix, right, candidates for Mayor of Tyler in 2020 appear at separate community events in 2019. (Tyler Morning Telegraph)

City Councilman Don Warren has outraised former Councilman John Nix in the two-way race for mayor of Tyler.

Warren raised $45,781 and spent $10,731 between March 11 and June 30. Nix raised $2,750 and spent $2,159 between Jan. 1 and June 30.

The information comes from campaign finance reports filed with the Tyler city clerk on July 15. The election is next May.

Warren is in his third term serving the city’s District 4, which includes the Azalea District and parts of the northeastern portion of the city.

Nix in March finished six years serving District 6, which includes most property south of Loop 323 and east of South Broadway Avenue.

“I’m not doing this to come in second place,” Warren said in an interview. He described the campaign’s situation like this: “Our horse is coming out of the gate quick.”

Nix said his campaign has barely begun, and a formal kickoff and fundraising would start in the fall. “Nothing has changed in our strategy or our outlook or our timeline,” he said.

Warren’s biggest contribution was a $5,971 transfer from his City Council campaign. His other large contributions were $2,700 from Neal and Stephanie Vasso; $2,500 from Robyn Rogers and Robert Rice; and $2,500 from William and Beverly Warren.

Some of the major names who donated were John E. Soules ($1,500); Jeff Buie ($1,000); Shannon Dacus ($1,000); Elmer and Elizabeth Ellis ($500); David and Cynthia Dykes ($250), and Aubrey Sharpe ($250).

Nix’s donations came from Robert Peltier ($1,000); A.E. Shull ($500); Nanci Wright ($500); Phil Burks ($500); Kyna Adams ($150); and Billy Hibbs ($100). He also lent his campaign $1,000 of his own money.

On the expenditure side, Warren’s campaign spent $11,886 on digital services through Minerbox Interactive of Tyler. He said those include setting up the website, Facebook account, and search engine optimization.

Warren’s campaign spent $1,500 on consulting services from Bonnie Varner, and $1,000 on consulting with Stuart Hene. Varner previously worked for former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and Hene is a local attorney.

“They’re both what I would consider strategists,” Warren said. “We aren’t looking for people to throw parties as much as we are looking for people to help us determine the correct strategy to take to win.”

Nix’s biggest expense was $939 for T-shirts through the Lubbock-based firm Local Legends, and $863 for advertising services through the Austin-based company McCormick Strategies.

City Council – District 4

In the two-way race to replace Warren in the District 4 seat on the City Council in 2020, Nick Pesina outraised James Wynne.

Pesina raised $3,300 and spent $10,927. Wynne raised $500 and spent $4,300. Both reports encompassed money from early May to late June.

Pesina is a lawyer with Roberts & Roberts and serves on Tyler’s Half Cent Sales Tax Board. Wynne owns TDI Air Conditioning and volunteers on the Tyler Airport Advisory Board.

Pesina loaned himself $10,034 and donated $1,000 to his campaign.

His biggest donors were Rachel Bagwell Means ($500); Daniel Lee Garcia ($300); Andres and Monica Arreguin ($250), and Laura Cano ($250).

Wynne received $500 from Ann Brookshire.

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Government Reporter

Erin came to Tyler from Vermont, where she worked for VTDigger.org and previously the Rutland Herald. She received her B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also attended journalism school.

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