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Defeated City Council candidate acknowledges arithmetic error in financials

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Defeated Park City Council candidate Anne Bransford has acknowledged her campaign made an error in its arithmetic while totaling her contributions in late October.

The acknowledgement was made on a post-election campaign finance submittal to City Hall. The October filing listed $1,836 in contributions through that reporting period. Bransford in the post-election filing changed the figure to $1,435, a reduction of $401. A handwritten note on the post-election filing says "amended" and "added incorrectly" next to the dollar figure from the earlier reporting period.

Bransford said in an interview a family member handled financial matters for the campaign and made the mistake while totaling the numbers.

"We made an error, that’s all," Bransford said.

Bransford through the campaign amassed $1,475 in contributions, almost all of the money during the earlier period. She spent $1,479.86 on the campaign, leaving a small deficit.

The filing indicated some of her expenditures in the final days of the campaign included an advertisement in The Park Record and a printed mailer. She did not list any contributors by name in the post-election filing since none of them gave more than $50, the benchmark for a more detailed listing.

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Bransford, a member of the Park City Board of Education, was the fourth-place finisher on Election Day. Three seats were on the ballot. City Councilman Dick Peek, Main Street leader Andy Beerman and City Councilwoman Liza Simpson were the top three vote-getters. Peek won his first full term. Beerman captured his first term. Simpson won a second term.

Highlights from the post-election campaign finance reports submitted by the other candidates include:

  • Peek raised $3,300.04 and spent $2,236.35, leaving a surplus of $1,063.69. He indicated he would donate the surplus to the Candy Erickson Endowment for the Betterment of Park City, named for the late City Councilwoman. Peek was selected to serve the remainder of Erickson’s term after her death. He won his first full term on Election Day.

    Contributors late in the campaign included one of his brothers, Bob Peek, who gave $475. The contribution was the largest of Peek’s campaign.

    Peek spent money on items like Park Record advertising, postage and printing costs.

  • Beerman gathered $6,968 in contributions and spent $6,517 on the campaign. The surplus monies were returned to the contributor, Beerman’s filing indicates. Contributions made late in the campaign included Robert and Debra Slettom, who gave $100 between them, and James and Nancy Barth, who gave $250 as a couple.

    Beerman spent money on promotional material and online advertising.

  • Simpson reported contributions totaling $9,599.99, including the value of some donated services. She reported spending $6,944.56. Some of the contributions late in the campaign included $200 from Herb Armstrong and $500 from John and Suzanne Ley, a couple from Michigan. Campaign expenses as Election Day approached included nearly $3,000 to print and mail a brochure.