Commissioner candidates have raised about $62,440 |

Commissioner candidates have raised about $62,440

Phillip Yates
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Four Garfield County commissioner candidates have raised about $62,440 for their campaigns as of early September, according to state campaign finance reports.

The amount of money three of the four candidates had raised as of Sept. 6 ” about two months before the Nov. 4 election” is almost more than what two county commissioners raised during their 2006 campaigns. In the 2006 county commissioner race, Tresi Houpt, the Democratic candidate and eventual winner, raised about $29,522. Steve Reynolds, her Republican challenger, raised about $22,610.

As of Sept. 6, two county commissioner candidates have already raised more than $20,000, according to reports the candidates filed with the Colorado Secretary of State.

Those reports show that Republican candidate Mike Samson, who is running in the District 3 commissioner race, had raised the most amount of money among all the candidates as of Sept. 6. At the time, he had raised about $21,810 and had $7,777 in the bank.

Steve Carter, Samson’s Democratic challenger, is second in fundraising among the candidates, according to the campaign finance reports. He had hauled in about $20,286 and had about $11,640 to spend in early September.

Stephen Bershenyi, the Democratic candidate in the District 2 race, had raised $18,047 for his candidacy for county commissioner and had $7,663 on hand at the beginning of September.

Bershenyi’s challenger, Republican incumbent John Martin, has raised significantly less compared to the other candidates. Martin had raised $1,850 and had $1,406 on hand as of Sept. 6.

The vast majority of money for most campaigns has gone largely to brochures, campaign ads, mailers and other advertising, the most updated campaign finance reports for the candidates show.

The largest single expense for Carter has been the mailing of brochures. He paid American Direct Mail Service of Grand Junction $2,303 for that service. His campaign has paid $1,069 for T-shirts, $1,488 for campaign brochures and $1,252 for yard signs.

Samson’s largest cost this campaign season has been for advertising. He has paid Basalt-based Remix Media Group $4,285 for that service, according to his reports with the Secretary of State. He has also paid Spruce Creek Multimedia $1,150 for additional advertising.

Bershenyi’s largest expenditure in his campaign was a $2,516 expense paid to a Mobile, Ala., business for yard signs. He has also paid $1,173 to Copy Copy in Glenwood Springs for brochures and $1,945 to Colorado Mountain News Media, which owns the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, for 11 campaign ads.

Martin’s largest expense in his campaign was for bumper stickers. He paid $265 those, records show.

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