School board candidate spends with the big runners
November 2, 2010
Only four candidates seeking office in Summit County have reported higher campaign expenditures than school board candidate Charles Cunningham, seeking the 4th Precinct seat on the Park City School District Board of Education.
According to the Summit County website, Cunningham reported more than $10,000 in campaign spending and claimed no contributions, while his opponent Ari Ioannides reported $800.
"It took that much to send out the brochure, the website and the mailings," Cunningham said. He said he sent out three or four sets of fliers among the community.
The only other Summit County candidates who reported expenditures more than Cunningham were David Edmunds and Dax Shane running for Sheriff, Corrie Kirklen for treasurer and Gary Shumway for County Council, Seat D.
Cunningham said he had to pay for his website design because he wouldn’t have otherwise been able to build one.
The amount may be unprecedented for a Park City school-board candidate. Ioannides attributed the cost difference to resources each candidate had at his disposal. "It’s easy for me to put up a website," he said. "He would have had to pay a third party to set it up."
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Ioannides added he expects his totals may be higher than he’s reported so far, but doesn’t anticipate it will be more than about $3,000. "I don’t think I could have spent $10,000 on the race," he said.