Park City Board of Realtors puts money into three City Council campaigns
The Park City Board of Realtors, an influential group in one of the community’s key industries, contributed campaign funds to three Park City Council candidates, choosing to financially support the two incumbents seeking reelection and a businessman.
The six City Council candidates filed required financial statements at the Marsac Building as the campaign entered the final days. The overall numbers were not dramatically high or low, likely a reflection of the low-key nature of the campaign this year.
The Board of Realtors contributions were some of the most notable from the financial statements. The Board of Realtors itself typically does not have business in front of the City Council, but the group closely monitors much of the work of the municipal government and the impacts on the industry.
The Board of Realtors contributed $1,000 to businessman Max Doilney on Sept. 29. The organization on Sept. 20 contributed $500 to incumbent City Councilor Nann Worel while another incumbent City Councilor, Becca Gerber, received a $500 contribution from the Board of Realtors on Sept. 27.
The Board of Realtors in an advertisement indicated members “support candidates in our municipal elections that support our industry.” The political activities of the organization focus on issues like home ownership, affordable housing, community development, smart growth and property rights, according to the advertisement.
Sheila Hall, the president of the Board of Realtors, said in an interview the organization interviewed candidates prior to selecting those who would receive contributions. She said the three backed by the Board of Realtors support home ownership and issues aligning with the organization’s mission statement. She also noted affordable housing is important to the Board of Realtors.
“We want smart growth. We’re not pro-growth, uninhibited,” she said.
The incumbents, who were the top two vote-getters in an August primary election, trounced the field in fundraising by the final days of October. Worel was especially successful as she outpaced the rest of the candidates by a wide margin, more than doubling the fundraising numbers of Gerber.
Worel reported raising $10,965 and spending $8,006.64, leaving her with $2,958.36 left in the campaign coffers as Election Day neared. Some of Worel’s recent contributors include Ann and Mac MacQuoid, who gave $500, and former City Councilor Alex Butwinski, who contributed $200. Worel spent campaign funds on advertising, creative services and other sorts of promotional costs.
Highlights from the reports filed by the other candidates included:
• Gerber raising $5,230 and spending $4,886.53, leaving $343.47 for the end of the campaign season. Gerber reported raising little money since June, listing just three contributions in September or October. The $500 from the Board of Realtors was the largest recent contribution.
• Doilney reported raising $2,600 and spending $1,994.73, leaving $605.27 as the end of the campaign approached. The $1,000 from the Board of Realtors was the largest recent contribution. Individual contributions included $500 from Ann MacQuoid and $500 from Robert Chamberlain.
• Ed Parigian raising $2,725 and spending $1,834,97, leaving $890.03 for him to spend in the final days of the campaign. Recent contributions included $500 from Rob Dixon, whose listed address is on Main Street.
• Deanna Rhodes raising $1,325 and spending $1,616.99, figures that would put her campaign in the red, but her form apparently did not take into account the numbers from earlier in the campaign. She reported a balance of $336.33, which appears to have been calculated by adding the earlier numbers. Contributions in the fall included $200 from the Planned Parenthood Action Committee and $500 from Doug Smith.
• Daniel Lewis reported no contributions and no expenses on the form, filed in late October. An earlier form, submitted during the primary election, indicated he raised and spent $636.50.
The candidates are also required to submit a final report after the election. There are three City Council seats on the ballot. The winners will be sworn into office for four-year terms in early January.
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