Zadeh moves past Lasater in Fort Worth City Council money race

By Scott Nishimura

(CORRECTION: This article has been corrected from an earlier version: Jim Zadeh contributed $2,000 to the Ann Zadeh campaign. That amount was incorrect.)

Ann Zadeh moved past Ed Lasater in the money race to replace Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns, according to the latest campaign filings.

Zadeh raised $42,460.20 in May and June, compared to $12,160 by Lasater, in finance reports required to be filed by both candidates eight days ahead of Saturday’s runoff election. Early voting in the race ends Tuesday.

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Lasater spent $41,683.11 compared to $24,686.58, according to the reports.

Including the main election among six candidates in May, Zadeh has raised a total $90,680.81, compared to $71,805.35 for Lasater.

Lasater spent more, a total $66,731.26, compared to $58,996.47 for Zadeh.

Zadeh’s campaign reported she had $15,000 in loans outstanding; Lasater’s campaign had $20,100 in loans.

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Zadeh’s fundraising in the latest period included $7,977 for signs and mail pieces by the Fort Worth Police Officers Association, which confirmed last week its political action committee had endorsed Zadeh.

Zadeh’s fundraising also included $5,000 from the Fort Worth Professional Firefighters association, which confirmed at the same time it was backing Zadeh.

Zadeh’s husband, attorney Jim Zadeh, also contributed $2,000 for “voter outreach.”

Lasater’s contributors in the latest period included Robert and Anne Bass, at $1,000, and the former Burlington Northern chief executive.

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Both campaigns’ reports reflected a mix of expenses for advertising, printing, block walkers, professional service fees, and office expenses. The block walkers, for both campaigns, augment volunteer canvassing.

Early voting Tuesday is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at four locations in Fort Worth:

James Avenue Service Center, 5001 James Ave. Tarrant County Election Center, 2700 Premier St. Tarrant County Plaza Building, 201 Burnett St. Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave.

The City Council district includes the Near Southside and South Side, downtown, Near West, and Oakhurst.