Coalville mayoral candidate biggest political spender
In 2001, Park City Mayor Dana Williams spent more than $33,000 campaigning for his post. Council candidates in Park City also spent thousands of dollars campaigning for political offices that year but a man running Tuesday for mayor in Coalville is this fall’s biggest political spender. Duane Schmidt had spent $2,175 this week on his campaign. According to financial disclosures, his opponent, Rex Smith, spent $122. The bulk of Schmidt’s contributions — $1,800 worth were in-kind donations from Sun Litho in Salt Lake. "It’s really important to get your message out," Schmidt said about roughly 300 signs and 2,500 mailers the company provided. "They went above and beyond." Coalville resident Ken Burns gave him $49 and Schmidt contributed $326 to his campaign. State law requires city council and mayoral hopefuls disclose their campaign expenses and contributions seven days before voters go to the polls. Election Day is Tuesday and this week Roger Harlan, a candidate for Park City Council, had significantly out-spent his two opponents. But $1,000 came from an entity called JUBO, which Harlan claims he is not familiar with. "I didn’t ask for a check, it came in the mail," he said. "I don’t have the slightest idea & I think it’s a trust or something like that." Harlan says he does not know anyone associated with JUBO, his largest campaign contributor. "I don’t know the source of that gift, I cashed it. It didn’t bounce," he said. "That sounds kind of wildcat for Roger to do something like that," said Mark Blue, one of Harlan’s opponents for the council seats. "That seems hard to believe & that sounds out of character for Roger." Blue and Harlan will challenge incumbent councilor Jim Hier in Nov. 8’s general election for two Park City Council seats. City Councilor Kay Calvert recently dropped from the race. Blue criticized Harlan Thursday for accepting the questionable campaign contribution from JUBO. "I find that hard to believe that [Harlan] just received a check," Blue said. Summit County residents Robert and Linda Brady also gave Harlan $1,000. County residents Jamie Casey and Alan Larson each contributed $500 to his campaign, Harlan said. Park City resident Lewis Dragolovich and Summit County resident Robert Wilson each gave Harlan $250, and Bob Marasco contributed $200 to his campaign. Harlan’s daughter Leslie gave her father $150 and Harlan received two donations for less than $50, totaling $60, his finance disclosure states. This week, he had received more than $4,000 in contributions and had spent $982. After more newspaper advertisements, Harlan expects to spend a few thousand dollars running for office. "I expected to spend more," he said, adding that he had more money after Ron Shepard and Calvert left the race leaving no primary election last month. "It just changed the budget." After blanketing the city with signs and glossy baseball-like trading cards that tout his candidacy, Harlan took a shot Thursday at Blue’s yard signs. "They were wired to a bush, I was just shell-shocked," Harlan said. "My signs were from the last election," Blue said. "I’m spending less, one, because there was no primary. Two, the odds are better. Three, I’m using a lot of material from my past campaigns." According to a campaign-finance disclosure dated Nov. 1, each of Blue’s contributions was for less than $50 and they totaled $100. Blue had spent $43 campaigning this week. Hier appears poised to win a second term Tuesday leaving Harlan, a former councilor, and Blue, who has run unsuccessfully for council three times in the past, in a battle for second place. Hier says he has received no campaign contributions and spent only a few dollars printing a one-page brochure with his home computer. "I’ve actually returned monies that we’re given to me with thanks," Hier said. "I don’t know what I’d spend it on if I had it." He spent more than $2,500 running in 2001 and this year used signs left over from that campaign. "I don’t think there’s anything that the money needs to be spent on," Hier said. Williams is unchallenged in Tuesday’s election. The mayor reportedly received no contributions and incurred no campaign expenses. Town councilor Georgia Bates spent the most in Francis — $144 as she attempts to defend her council seat against Rex Hallam, John Keyes and Lorin Prescott. And clerks in Kamas and Oakley say candidates spent no money campaigning this year. Final campaign-finance disclosures are due 30 days after the Nov. 8 election. Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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