Houpt, Stowe nearly in dead heat in commissioner race fund-raising | PostIndependent.com

Houpt, Stowe nearly in dead heat in commissioner race fund-raising

Lynn BurtonStaff Writer

Fueled by dozens of small contributions of $100 or less, Democrat Trsi Houpt is keeping pace with Republican incumbent Walt Stowe in fund-raising in their race for Garfield County commissioner.Stowe’s campaign war chest is still about $500 bigger than Houpt’s. He had $1,574 on hand when the first financial reports were filed in July, according to the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s office.To date, Houpt has raised $8,741 in cash contributions, while Stowe has banked a total of $9,299.Houpt started her campaign with zero funds. She raised $2,694 through Sept. 12, then raked in another $6,047 through Oct. 10. Her biggest contributors to date, at $500, are Dick and Jeanette Blair of Edwards, according to reports filed by her campaign treasurer, Thomas Ball.Other contributors over $200 include Sue Hakanson, Jim and Linda English and Bob and Mary Noone, all of Glenwood Springs, and the Democratic Party. She also received $427 in contributions of less than $20.Stowe’s top contributor, Thomas Minetree of Sheffield, Ala., donated $1,000. Stowe also received $500 each from Kent Jolley, Warren Wright and state lawmaker Gregg Rippy, all of Glenwood Springs, according to his campaign treasurer, Dan Like.Other Stowe contributors at $200 or more include developers Bill Zilm, David Harris and Wayne Rudd; Ken Kriz, Mary Gould, banker Bob Young, Republican sheriff candidate Lou Vallario, County Commissioner Larry McCown, Prince Creek Construction Co., and the Lundin & Lundin accounting firm.Houpt goes into the final two weeks of the campaign with a $5,125 campaign balance, while Stowe has $1,190. By Oct. 14, Houpt spent $3,676 on her campaign, while Stowe spent $8,107.

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