County candidates reveal campaign donors
Bob Richer, a Democrat from Ranch Place, likely spent more this year to keep his seat on the Summit County Commission than any other candidate in the county’s history.
Defeating Woodland Republican Bill Miles last month in the race for commission seat A, cost Richer nearly $45,000, according to campaign finance information Richer filed Dec. 7.
In the waning moments of what some politicos called the dirtiest campaign in Summit County in recent memory, the Park City Board of Realtors became one of Richer’s largest campaign contributors by giving the incumbent $5,000.
Having reportedly spent $14,004 on his campaign one week before Election Day, Richer, who is a developer and real estate agent, spent $30,667 in the final days of the campaign to win a second term.
The Utah Association of Realtors, based in Murray, contributed $2,000 to Richer’s campaign, while Resort Retailers, Inc., based in Park City, gave Richer $1,007.
Park City resident Eric Easterly, who was chairman of the committee that made the controversial recommendation that the form of government in Summit County change, contributed $500 to Richer’s campaign on Nov. 1.
Others who gave Richer $500 in the last week of the campaign included: Jess L. Reid Real Estate, Lookout Developers, Michael Barnes, Premier Resorts, Wendy Bizzaro and Michael and Christine Savage.
On Dec. 5, Richer contributed $10,200 of his own money to his campaign.
Richer’s other notable campaign contributions included $1,500 from All Resort Express, and $1,000 each from Paladin Development Partners, and Park City residents Jan Wilking, Hans Fuegi, Richard Bizzaro and Steve Chin.
Meanwhile, Miles spent $21,428 on his unsuccessful bid to unseat Richer.
South Summit resident Nadine Gillmor contributed $10,000 to Miles’ campaign, according to a disclosure filed Dec. 6.
The Trilogy Limited group, which is suing the county alongside Summit Water Distribution Company, reportedly gave Miles $1,000 in the last week of the campaign.
Miles also received $2,178 from the Summit County Republican Party and $1,000 each from Basin resident Hy Saunders and Parkite Joe Tesch.
Richer outspent Snyderville Basin Republican Stephen Osguthorpe, who in 2004 spent $39,969 on his loss to Democratic Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott.
Elliott spent $19,470 on the race.
County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme, who is a Democrat from Oakley, won his second term on the board in November having run unopposed.
Candidates for sheriff drop more than $50K
On his bid to unseat incumbent Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds, Brody Taylor, a write-in candidate from Hoytsville, spent $34,707, with most of the funds contributed by Utah County resident Jason Taylor, the candidate’s brother and campaign manager.
Though he defeated Taylor by receiving nearly 75 percent of the votes, Edmunds was forced to spend $16,479 campaigning in the wake of Taylor declaring his last-minute candidacy.
Contributions to Edmunds’ campaign during the final week included $200 from Woodland resident Richard Staples and an in-kind contribution of $780 from Print Jobs in Ogden.
The only other contested race for an office in Summit County on Election Day pitted Henefer Democrat Kent Jones against Parkite Kathy Dopp, who is a member of the Desert Green Party. Incumbent Summit County Clerk Sue Follett was not on the November ballot having been defeated at a nominating convention last spring.
Jones, a former clerk who was a Republican when Follett defeated him in 2002, spent $7,698 last month trouncing Dopp. Near the end of the campaign, the Summit County Democratic Party gave Jones $750 and County Auditor Blake Frazier, who is a Democrat, contributed $100 to Jones’ campaign.
Dopp, who Follett said on Monday hadn’t filed her final campaign-finance statement, apparently spent nearly $3,200 of mostly her own money — campaigning against Jones.
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