|Dork or Mr. Everyman?|
I believe Bruno Barreiro is the most vulnerable of all the County Commissioners. Running against Bruno, Luis Garcia has the Lincoln Road crowd and the Entertainment companies supporting him. Craig Robbins ($2,500) and Norman Braman ($5,000) are solidly behind him. He also has a lock on Waste Management as waste entities from all over the U.S. are giving to the tune of $4,900. What did Bruno do to deserve that backlash? The Firefighters are backing Luis, no surprise there as Luis was a firefighter. Garcia raised $72,240 total.
Luis has Sasha Tirador helping him on his campaign. Isn't she a bit stretched between at least 2 other county candidates (Joe Martinez and Manny Machado? Luis Suris is also working on Garcia's campaign. Suris just started his company in March. Who is he?
Ron Book has given to Barreiro as well as the rest of the usual subjects like Affordable Housing's Bobby Saland and Traffic Planner (can justify anything you want) Kathy Sweetapple and Sergio Pino. Michael Adler gave $2,500. The Diaz Balart's gave as well. In the last report, Bruno only raised $62,730 whereas Audrey Edmonson raised $113,505 in the same period and non-sitting Commissioner Juan Zapata raised $82.951. Luis Garcia actually raised MORE THAN Barreiro, A sitting Commissioner, in this cycle. There are two other viable candidates in the District 5 race Calixto Garcia, Ph.D. ($15,313) and Carlos E Munoz Fontanillis ($19,195).
With three strong candidates against him with reasonable to good fundraising skills, I think Bruno is in trouble. I bet there will be a run-off especially since there is Braman PAC money at work for Luis Garcia. And with the hated Sasha Tirador on Luis's side, Bruno loses that coveted absentee ballot advantage. Let the games begin!