Incumbent Martin closed spending gap in winning campaign |

Incumbent Martin closed spending gap in winning campaign

Garfield County Commissioner John Martin partly closed the fund-raising gap on opponent Greg Jeung in mid-October, helping Martin to an election victory decided by only 229 votes.Meanwhile, fellow Commissioner Larry McCown continued to build on his campaign financing lead over opponent Keith Lambert on his way to eventually winning re-election last week by a little more comfortable margin.In the campaign reporting period from Oct. 8-24, Martin, a Glenwood Springs Republican, raised $4,220 and spent $205.25, according to a statement filed with the county Clerk & Recorder’s Office.Jeung spent more – $560.77 – but raised only $685 during the period.Jeung, a Glenwood Springs Democrat, had raised $11,947.05 over the reporting periods roughly covering August and September. Martin had raised only $4,550. Martin spent $6,420.88 over that time frame, compared to $8,555.93 by Jeung. McCown, a Rifle Republican, raised $2,150 from Oct. 8-24 and spent $5,865.70. Lambert, a Democrat and the current Rifle mayor, raised $690 and spent $2,500.During August and September, McCown had raised $11,930, compared to $3,005 for Lambert. McCown far outspent Lambert over that period, too – $10,307.93 to $1,645.83.McCown won re-election by a 9,993 to 9,143 vote, or 52 to 48 percent.Martin defeated Jeung, 9,864 to 9,635, or 50.6 to 49.4 percent.Martin had started out the latest reporting period with a $1,241.87 deficit. He kicked in another $1,000 himself, to go with $3,000 he already has contributed. Other big contributors included another John Martin, of Carbondale, with $500; the Garfield County Republican Central Committee, with $1,000; and Kent Jolley of Glenwood Springs, with $500.Martin reported only two expenditures over the period, the largest being $170.25 paid to Gran Farnum Printing in Glenwood Springs.Jeung showed eight contributions over the period, none more than $100. His largest expenditure was $352.80 for 28 radio spots with KMTS in Glenwood Springs.Big contributions to McCown included $1,000 from W.F. Clough of Rifle, a retired sheep rancher. Six other contributors gave between $100 and $250 apiece.McCown spent $3,397.01 with Jean’s Printing in Rifle for advertising and postcards, $1,323.73 for newspaper advertising with Colorado Mountain News Media, which owns the Post Independent and Rifle Citizen Telegram; and $1,144.96 with Tindall Marketing in Glenwood Springs for radio ads.Lambert reported four contributions of $20 or more, and the top contribution was $200. His only reported expense was $2,500 paid to Jean’s Printing for political postcards.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext.

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