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Nann Worel led Park City Council fundraising field

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Park City Councilor-elect Nann Worel raised more campaign funds and spent more money on the City Council contest than any of her opponents, saying a successful bid for elected office hinged on increasing her public profile.

Worel was the second-place finisher on an Election Day when three City Council seats were on the ballot. She takes office in early January. Worel is the executive director of the People’s Health Clinic, a not-for-profit organization that provides medical services to the uninsured, and was a member of the Park City Planning Commission during the campaign. Both are high-profile positions in Park City.

Worel and the other City Council candidates recently filed final campaign-finance reports at City Hall that illustrate stark differences in strategies. Some, led by Worel, appeared to put significant effort into fundraising while one of the other candidates, Rory Murphy, self-financed his campaign.

"I felt like I needed to get name recognition," Worel said, explaining that her eight years as a Park City resident made her the "new kid on the block" among the candidates.

Worel’s report indicated she raised $20,495 in campaign funds and spent $17,910.93 on the election. She received large donations from her family, and Worel herself provided funding in addition to a list of other contributors. One large donation — $2,500 from the estate of her late mother was logged on the day after the election while Worel contributed $2,000 the week after Election Day. Her late mother’s estate contributed $2,500 over the summer as well. Michael Worel, her husband, contributed $2,000 in the summer.

"It was important to my mother that I run," Worel said.

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The personal contribution and the contributions from her family accounted for approximately 44 percent of Worel’s overall fundraising. She received $650 in contributions from individuals or couples on the day after the election, including $250 from Debbie and Edward Axtell.

Worel said she made the personal $2,000 contribution to ensure the campaign was not short on funds for final bills. Worel intends to donate any surplus campaign funds to the People’s Health Clinic.

Worel’s largest expenditures were made on newspaper advertising and creative services.

Worel is scheduled to be sworn into office in early January.

Highlights of the other reports include:

  • City Councilor Andy Beerman raising $8,975 in contributions and spending $8,980. Beerman was the top vote-getter on Election Day as he won his second term on the City Council. A large portion of the expenditures were classified as post-election donations of excess campaign funds to organizations, including $2,000 to Summit Community Power Works. The donations totaled $2,800.

    He listed three contributions totaling $300 from individuals or couples during the final days of the campaign that were not included in a pre-election financial statement.

  • Becca Gerber reporting receiving $10,840 in contributions, almost all prior to the pre-election financial statement. A large portion of her contributions were donated goods and services reported on the earlier statement. She reported $300 in donated catering services on Election Day. She did not report an individual monetary contribution over $50 in the period between the earlier financial statement and the post-election one. She was the third-place finisher on Election Day and will also be sworn into office in early January.

    Gerber spent $3,491.87 on the campaign, including on a newspaper advertisement and parade supplies.

  • Rory Murphy, the fourth-place finisher, indicating he did not accept contributions and spent $3,600.67 on the campaign. Murphy after the pre-election financial statement said he "did not want any appearance of undue influence" as he explained his decision not to accept contributions. His campaign expenditures included newspaper advertisements.
  • Hope Melville, who finished in fifth place, saying she received $4,699.20 in contributions and spent the same sum. Melville made a $2,096.92 contribution to her campaign on Oct. 31, her largest contribution. Campaign expenditures as Election Day neared were made on newspaper advertisements.
  • Dan Portwood, the sixth-place finisher, indicating he received no contributions. He spent $929.30, mostly on yard signs. Nearly all of the expenditures were made prior to the earlier financial statement.