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Candidates spend as election nears

Tamara Miller

EAGLE COUNTY – The race for the upvalley county commission seat is shaping up to be the most expensive as both candidates in that contest have reported the largest amount of campaign spending so far.Democratic candidate Peter Runyon has collected $10,445 in contributions as of the last campaign finance reporting period, which ended Sept. 9. His opponent, Republican candidate Richard De Clark, has reported that $25,130 has been contributed to his campaign. Runyon and De Clark are vying for County Commissioner Michael Gallagher’s District 1 seat. Gallagher has opted not to run again due to health problems. In the District 2 race, County Commissioner and Democratic candidate Arn Menconi has reeled in $7,948 so far in the race to keep his position as the midvalley representative on the board. Republican challenger A.J. Johnson reported $4,225 in donations to his campaign. Also vying for Menconi’s District 2 seat is independent candidate and Avon Mayor Buz Reynolds Jr. Reynolds, who announced at the beginning of his campaign that he would not be taking contributions, has kept that promise. He has reported no contributions thus far. De Clark has paid for roughly half of his campaign out of his own pocket. The record of campaign spending in an Eagle County Commissioner race is $30,000, set by Commissioner Tom Stone.All candidates have received donations from high-profile members of the community. Longtime Vail resident Josef Staufer has donated $500 toward Runyon’s race for office and longtime Vail physician Tom Steinberg gave Runyon $100. Former Vail Resorts executive Andy Daly apparently doesn’t use party lines to select the candidates he supports. Daly donated $100 to De Clark’s campaign and he is listed as a major endorser of Menconi’s campaign. Menconi also received $250 from Glenn Porzak, a water attorney who represents the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. Menconi is a board member for the water authority. Bob Hernreich, part-owner of the Sacramento Kings basketball team, gave $1,000 to Menconi’s campaign. Staff Writer Tamara Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607, or Daily

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