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Hasan nearly outspent all Vail Valley candidates combined

Chris Outcalt
Vail Valley, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” Ali Hasan spent $350,000 on his campaign for the Vail Valley’s state House seat ” more than the expenditures of his opponent and all four county commissioners combined.

Hasan got more votes then Democrat Christine Scanlan in Eagle County, but lost both Summit and Lake Counties in his failed bid for the House District 56 seat. Hasan spent $352,792.99 on campaign materials, salaries for staff members, food and mileage.

Hasan could not be reached for comment Friday.

Scanlan spent $84,540 on her campaign, the majority of which went to media advertising.

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The biggest costs for all Eagle County candidates were radio and newspaper advertisements, postage for mailing flyers, brochures and campaign signs.

All four candidates for the Board of County Commissioners were within $7,000 in campaign spending for the 2008 election season.

Democrat Peter Runyon spent almost $40,000 on his campaign, about $7,000 more than his opponent Republican Dick Gustafson. Runyon edged Gustafson by about 500 votes for the upvalley commissioner seat.

Republican Debbie Buckley and Democrat Jon Stavney competed for the dowvalley seat being vacated by term-limited Democrat Arn Menconi. The two spent nearly identical amounts on their campaigns ” Stavney spent $33,745 and Buckley spent $34,085. Stavney beat Buckley by about 1,200 votes.

Stavney spent $3,300 on cloth grocery bags with his campaign logo on it. Buckley spent $760 on recycled Frisbees.

Runyon, who spent the most among the commissioner caandidates, could not be reached for comment Friday either.

Republican Al White more than doubled the spending of his opponent Democrat Ken Brenner on his way to a successful bid for the state Senate District 8 seat.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or coutcalt@vaildaily.com.

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