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Jack Thomas raises, spends a staggering amount on mayoral bid

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Jack Thomas raised and spent a stunning amount of money during his mayoral campaign, setting records on both sides of the ledger for a City Hall political contest, in what was an unexpectedly expensive bid for Park City’s top elected position.

In a required financial statement submitted to City Hall this week, Thomas reported he raised $53,801 between monetary donations and donated services. He reported spending $36,189.05.

The $53,801 beats by a wide margin the previous high, set during the 2001 mayoral election between Dana Williams and Fred Jones. Williams that year raised $33,109.12. The outsized numbers reported by Thomas were a surprise since the campaign this year has not been an uproarious affair, as was the case in the 2001 campaign.

"I didn’t do this halfheartedly," Thomas said, adding, "People know I’m soft spoken, but by now they know how deep the feelings go with me."

Thomas acknowledged the sum is "a staggering amount of money for a small town."

He said his opponent, Park City Councilman Andy Beerman, had better name recognition at the start and launched his campaign earlier than he did. That convinced the Thomas campaign it needed to spend the money to compete, he said.

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A primary election was not held in the mayoral contest, meaning that the two candidates were not required to submit financial statements until late October.

Some of the high-dollar contributions the Thomas campaign received included:

  • Matty and Leslie Spagat, who gave $10,000. Thomas said the couple has homes in Chicago and the Bald Eagle neighborhood of Deer Valley. Thomas, who is an architect, designed the house in Deer Valley, he said. Matty Spagat is also involved in a group known as Friends of Flagstaff in an Empire Pass development that Thomas designed homes within. Thomas said the Spagats do not have development plans.
  • Bill White, who gave $5,000. White is a well-known restaurateur in Park City. White also provided $9,000 in donated services for a party at one of his restaurants marking the start of the campaign.
  • Aaron Hofmann, who gave $5,000. Thomas said Hofmann has a home in Park City and owns properties along Swede Alley. Thomas said he designed a home for Hofmann in Salt Lake City and buildings for him on Swede Alley.

    Thomas received a series of $1,000 contributions as well. Some of the notable people who contributed include Charlie and Mary Wintzer, who gave $550 between two contributions, Chuck and Sarah Klingenstein, who gave $100, and Julia Pettit, who gave $100.

    Thomas spent money on campaign services provided by Redhead Marketing & PR, including the cost of T-shirts and a retainer fee, advertising and yard signs.

    Beerman, meanwhile, raised $27,430.18 between monetary contributions and donated services. White, the restaurateur, contributed $5,000 and provided another $6,312.18 in donated services for a party at one of his restaurants. Beerman said he spoke with White during the campaign about various Park City issues and they have commonalities.

    Beerman also received a $5,000 contribution from Dick and Susan Roth. Beerman said he and Dick Roth were two of the co-founders of a climate change group.

    Other Beerman contributors included Sally and Torch Elliott, who gave $100, former Park City Mayor Brad Olch, who contributed $500, Summit County Councilor Chris Robinson, who gave $500, and Bonanza Park developer Mark J. Fischer, who gave $250.

    Beerman spent money on advertising, T-shirts, yard signs, door hangers and design work.

    "It’s a shame we have to spend as much as we do," Beerman said

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