Two of the six candidates for a seat on the Park City Council neither raised any campaign funds nor spent a penny on their bids through late July, a rarity in a City Hall election that highlights what has been a lackluster political season.
According to financial statements filed at City Hall as the primary election approaches, Lisa Wilson and Bill McKenna did not raise any campaign funds and did not put any money toward the election. Wilson's statement was dates July 28 while McKenna's was signed on July 25.
Wilson and McKenna are seen as the two outsider candidates in the primary. Each of the others on the ballot has either served in elected office in Park City or served on City Hall panels. Neither of the two is believed to have heavily campaigned in the nearly two months since the close of the filing window when candidates were required to submit campaign paperwork. Wilson, though, has continued her long-running opposition to a development in Deer Valley.
McKenna said he does not plan to accept outside campaign donations to avoid the potential of conflicts of interest should he be elected. Wilson did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
Candidate spending in City Hall elections has generally dropped in the last decade, after a series of high-dollar campaign in the era of the 2002 Winter Olympics. But it is unusual for two candidates to have neither raised nor spent any money through the first financial reporting period.
Alex Butwinski, an incumbent City Councilor seeking re-election, led the field in campaign spending through the reporting period.
Highlights of the four candidates who raised and spent money include: