Stone tops in campaign spending |

Stone tops in campaign spending

Kathy Heicher

Candidates last week filed their financial statements for the period between Sept. 13 to Oct. 15. Stone, a Republican, reported contributions totaling $10,724, according to figures supplied to the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.In comparison, Democratic challenger Gerry Sandberg reported contributions totaling $5,050, about half of Stone’s campaign war chest. Unaffiliated candidate Laurie Bower collected $894 in contributions to date.While Stone’s contribution figures far surpass those of his opponents, those numbers are about one-third of what he spent in his first campaign for commissioner in 1998. In that campaign, Stone spent nearly $30,000.In Eagle County, winning campaigns don’t necessarily require a great deal of spending. Records indicate that Commissioner Michael Gallagher spent less than $5,000 in his successful election bid in 2000; and fellow Commissioner Arn Menconi spent less than $6,000 in his campaign that same year.To date, notable contributors to the Stone campaign include Andy and Lucinda Daly (Andy Daly is the outgoing president of Vail Resorts), $200; Vail Resorts lawyer James Mandel, $250; Jeanne Bailey of Vail, $500; John Lovett of Edwards, $500; Arrowhead Valley Developers of Edwards, $500; and R&M Development and Investments of Edwards, $500.For the most part, Sandberg’s contributions came in smaller increments, although he had several high-dollar donations from family members in Illinois. His notable contributors include Dan Godec of Edwards, $500; Robin Hernreich of Edwards, $300; Cooley Mesa Leasing of Gypsum, $250; Jay Taylor, Eagle, $250; and Susan Kraemer, Gypsum, $250.Bower had the shortest contributor list, reporting a $250 donation from Janis Apple of Gypsum; $200 from Colin McRory of San Francisco, Calif.; $100 from David Tanzer of Vail and $100 from Lynne Andrews of Santa Fe, N.M.Other county racesSheriff candidate Joe Hoy, a Republican, reported contributions tallying $9,040, compared to the $1,795 reported by Democrat Bill Kaufman.Hoy’s major contributors include a $1,000 donation from Don and Georgia Gogel of New Jersey; $500 each from Tim Benedict of Edwards, Land Designs of Avon, and the Eagle County Republican Party; and $300 each from Robin Hernreich of Edwards and Raina Goulet of Edwards.Kaufman reported a $200 donation from Stan Gorden of Greensburg, Pa.; and $100 each from Jeff Kaufman of Franklin, Mass., Bailey and Peterson of Edwards, Sander Levin of New Jersey, and Stuart Borne of Edwards.Republican Teak Simonton is leading the fund-raising in the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s race, reporting total donations of $3,790 compared to Democrat Earlene Roach’s $2,145.Simonton reported $500 donations from Ron Crotzer of Edwards and the Eagle County Republican Party.Roach’s contributions included $200 from the Gore Range Brewery; $100 from the Main Street Grill in Edwards; and $100 each from VR lawyer James Mandel, Dreamcatcher Real Estate of Gypsum, and G. and G. Arens of Eagle.Contributors are showing some lively interest in the Eagle County coroner’s race. Democratic candidate Kara Bettis is the fund-raising leader, reporting contributions totaling $2,387. Republican Bruce Campbell’s contributions tally to $1,628.Conway Builders of Avon contributed $300 to the Bettis campaign. Campbell reported a $500 contribution from S. Hortshein of Vail and $200 from the Eagle County Republicans.Republican Dan Corcoran, the only candidate in the surveyor’s race, had the easiest reporting job. He hasn’t collected any contributions.Records indicate the candidates are spending their money on campaign materials and advertising.

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