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Kaplan’s campaign cost $630

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Michael Kaplan spent $630.74 in his unsuccessful bid for the Park City Council, a campaign-finance statement submitted to City Hall shows, a sum reflective of the low-key contest this year.

He funded the campaign himself, with a personal contribution of $500 on July 31 and a $130.74 infusion on Sept. 24, almost two weeks after the primary.

"I just felt like we shouldn’t spend tons of money on a local campaign," Kaplan says.

Kaplan says he did not seek donations. That was his strategy as he started his campaign, when he set a $650 budget for his City Council bid.

According to his statement to City Hall, Kaplan spent $365.42 on signs and $129.32 on advertising in The Park Record. Lesser expenses included payments to the Park City Rotary Club and the post office.

How he spent his money is typical for local campaigns, with candidates usually listing Park Record advertising, signs and printing costs as being among their biggest expenses.

"I think we should not spend ridiculous amounts of money. I don’t think we should be soliciting donations in such a small town," Kaplan says, adding, "We’re running for a small-town City Council. It’s ridiculous to spend thousands of dollars."

Voters dropped Kaplan from the field in a September primary. Six candidates advanced to Election Day, when voters will choose three City Councilors.

The remaining candidates must file their first campaign-finance statements by 5 p.m. Oct. 30. A final statement will be submitted after the election.

The candidates do not appear to be spending big money, likely a result of the mild-mannered nature of Campaign 2007. Voters seem pleased with City Hall, and the candidates have been good-natured with each other.

Voter registration closed

People who are not registered to vote have missed the deadline for filing papers to vote on Election Day.

Registration ended in the Summit County Clerk’s Office on Tuesday, and mail-in registration ended earlier in October. People who register now are not eligible to vote on Nov. 6, when people across Summit County will head to the polls.

Summit County Clerk Kent Jones on Tuesday did not immediately have final registration numbers, but there are typically not crowds registering near the deadline in a year when the White House is not on the ballot.

Voters in Park City will choose three City Councilors and decide whether to provide City Hall with $15 million in bonds to improve walking and bicycling routes in the city. Meanwhile, voters across the state will decide whether Utah offers school vouchers, the most polarizing decision on the ballot.

Candidates’ phone numbers

The City Council campaign has lacked much pizzazz, and there have been few candidate events as Election Day nears.

The candidates have been seen door-to-door campaigning, long popular in Park City, and political signs stand outside of many houses.

If someone wants to contact the candidates, their telephone numbers are:

( Candy Erickson, 649-0500

( Joe Kernan, 513-2262

( Kacy Quinley, 640-6461

( Liza Simpson, 658-0556

( Bruce Taylor, 649-5909

( Dennis Wong, 615-7326

Campaign-sign rules

Campaign signs are up throughout Park City, but people must comply with City Hall rules that regulate the signs.

According to the rules, campaign signs cannot be larger than three square feet, and they cannot be taller than four feet above the ground. People are not allowed to light the signs.

Signs must be placed at least 10 feet from the curb or the edge of pavement in places where there are no curbs. If the 10-foot space is within a house or building, the owner is allowed to put a sign three feet in front.

Signs are not allowed in side yards.

For more information about the campaign-sign laws, call the Park City Planning Department at 615-5060.


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