Nann Worel amasses $14,000-plus, outraising City Council competitors
Nann Worel, a not-for-profit executive competing for a spot on the Park City Council, outraised the rest of the field by a wide margin, drawing financial support from a range of public figures as she amassed more than $14,000 in contributions and then spent much of her campaign war chest in her bid for elected office.
According to a required financial statement submitted to City Hall, Worel received $14,115 in contributions by late October. She had spent $12,642.18 by then.
Worel is a member of the Park City Planning Commission and the executive director of the People’s Health Clinic, a not-for-profit organization that provides medical services to the uninsured.
The largest contributor to Worel was the estate of her late mother, which provided $2,500. Her husband, Michael Worel, contributed $2,000.
Worel’s list of contributors also includes a lengthy list of people who have served in elected or appointed office in the Park City area. Liza Simpson, a retiring member of the Park City Council, gave $50, Sally Elliott, who served in elected office in Park City and Summit County, contributed $100 and Summit County Attorney Robert Hilder contributed $100. Former and current members of the Planning Commission contributed. Alex Butwinski, who is a former City Councilor, and Summit County Councilor Kim Carson also contributed.
Others who appear on Worel’s contributor list include Kimball Art Center executive Robin Marrouche, who is referred to by her maiden name, development consultant Douglas Clyde and Glenn and Shirley Wright. Glenn Wright is the leader of the Summit County Democratic Party. The Park City Board of Realtors provided $500 and another $500 through a political-action committee.
Worel spent much of the campaign funds on creative and design services, advertising and hiring a parade band.
The financial statement filed by another City Council candidate, developer and former Planning Commissioner Rory Murphy, was in stark contrast. Murphy listed no contributors, writing on the form that he "did not request nor accept contributions from anyone."
"I did not want any appearance of undue influence," Murphy said in an interview.
Murphy said he turned down numerous offers by people who wanted to contribute and instead financed the campaign himself. The statement did not list Murphy as contributing to funds to the campaign. It listed $3,600.67 in campaign expenses for newspaper advertising and signs.
The candidates are required to file another financial statement after Election Day. The filings, which were due Tuesday, were the first of the campaign since there was not a primary election.
Highlights of the financial statements filed by the other candidates, listed in alphabetical order, include:
Two people indicated in interviews they are considering mounting campaigns for the Park City Council, a signal the City Hall election could attract an intriguing slate of candidates in a year when the majority of the five seats are on the ballot.