Sheriff and attorney races draw the most donations
The crop of campaign signs along the highway and bulky post office box mailers that proliferate as Election Day nears cost money, and local candidates are required by law to show how they spent their war chests and where the money came from.
Based on the preliminary reports filed with the county clerk this week, this year’s candidates for county council and elected department head posts collected anywhere from $550 to $32,500 to help convince voters they are the right people for the jobs. However, the preliminary totals, due seven days before the election, do not necessarily include donations or expenditures made after Oct. 23. The final reports are not due until Dec. 3. Still, the reports indicate where candidates are receiving some of their support and how competitive the races are.
The candidate who declared the biggest donor list is Justin Martinez, who is running for the sheriff’s post being vacated by three-term incumbent David Edmunds. Edmunds chose not to run for re-election. Martinez, a Democrat, however, is facing a spirited challenge from Republican candidate Kris Hendricksen.
According to the preliminary figures, Martinez amassed a $32,436 fund from about 83 donors compared to Hendricksen’s $4,460 from about 33 supporters. Two of Martinez’s top contributors ($5,000 each) were Don Skaggs and Mike Hale. Hendricksen’s biggest donors were Austin Westmoreland ($1,500) and John McMillian ($1,000).
The next biggest spender on the county ballot so far has been Gary Shumway, the Republican candidate for the auditor’s post. Shumway self-funded the bulk of his campaign to the tune of $22,683. In addition to spending money on signs, web and print advertising, Shumway was perhaps the only candidate to invest in radio and TV ads. His opponent, Democrat Michael Howard, took a more conservative approach, putting just $2,099 of his own money into his campaign.
Another race receiving lots of attention — and money — is the contest for the county attorney’s post between Republican incumbent David Brickey and Democratic challenger Robert Hilder. Brickey raised $15,600 from 37 contributors. Hilder received $9,425 from 39 donors.
Brickey’s largest donations came from the Republican Party ($1,100), the Wrona law firm ($2,000) and Lisa Pilzer ($1,000) Hilder’s main contributors included: Debra Saunders, Scott Lilja, Gerry D’Elia, Adam Bronfman, David Bennett and Greg Schirf ($500 each) and $750 from Kathleen McConkie and Dean Collinwood.
The two council seat races drew only modest investments. Democrat Chris Robinson used $611 left over from his last campaign to augment contributions from Andy Beerman ($250) Marc Wangsgard ($500) and Teresa Beck ($300). Robinson’s campaign budget of $2,612 was a little more than half of what his challenger, Republican Craig Williams, invested: $5,025. The lion’s share of Williams’ campaign was self funded with a $2,500 boost from John Davis.
Incumbent County Council member Dave Ure spent the least of all the candidates ($550), which came from two donors, Ted Levy ($250 and Richard Jaffa ($300). His opponent, Democrat Sean Wharton, listed $1,265 in donations on his preliminary form: $1,000 from his own pocket and $250 from Nathan Rafferty.
Two incumbents spent a fair amount in an effort to keep their jobs. Clerk Kent Jones declared campaign funds of $6,351 and treasurer Corrie Forsling listed $13,532. Both outspent their challengers.
Yost, the challenger in the treasurer’s race, declared $3,767 which included help from the Park City Board of Realtors ($250) and the Republican Party ($1,100). Similarly, Nick Coleman, who is running against Jones, received $250 from the Park City Board of Realtors and $1,100 from the Republican Party.
The second most frugal campaign spender was incumbent Recorder MaryAnn Trussell, who has two opponents Republican Vicki Richards, who spent $5,450, and write-in challenger Walter Brock, who listed $2,662, mostly out-of-pocket.
- Office/Candidate/Contributions (preliminary)
- Council Seat D/Craig Williams/$5,025
- Council Seat D/Chris Robinson/$2,612
- Council Seat E/David Ure/$550
- Council Seat E/Sean Wharton/$1,265
- Assessor/Steve Martin/Unopposed
- Attorney/Robert Hilder/$9,425
- Attorney/David Brickey/$15,600
- Auditor/Michael Howard/$2,099
- Auditor/Gary Shumway/$22,683
- Clerk/Kent Jones/$6,351
- Clerk/Nick Coleman/$4,045
- Recorder/Vicki Richards/$5,450
- Recorder/MaryAnn Trussell/$571
- Recorder/Walter Brock/$2,662
- Sheriff/Justin Martinez/$32,436
- Sheriff/Kris Hendricksen/$4,460
- Treasurer/Corrie Forsling/$13,532
- Treasurer/Amy Yost/$3,767
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