Incumbents in local contests lead early money race |

Incumbents in local contests lead early money race

Incumbents so far have a comfortable lead in the race for campaign funds in contested races for Garfield County offices and the Colorado House District 61 seat, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office last week.

Candidates for county offices were required to file the first of three pre-general election reports on Sept. 9, while candidates for statewide offices were to have their reports in by Sept. 7.

In the three-way race for the House District 61 seat, incumbent Kathleen Curry of Gunnison has amassed a total of $31,387 in campaign funds in her historic bid to win re-election to a fourth two-year term as an independent write-in candidate.

Curry, who left the Democratic Party last December to become an independent, lost a legal challenge to have her name included on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Curry reported $16,715 in new campaign funds during the most recent reporting period from July 29 through Sept. 1, including a $10,000 loan, and $6,715 in contributions.

The balance was received during the first reporting period, and as of Sept. 1 Curry had $29,411 on hand.

The two candidates whose names do appear on the Nov. 2 ballot, Democrat Roger Wilson of Glenwood Springs, and Republican Luke Korkowski, are so far well behind in the fundraising department, according to the reports.

Wilson has taken in a total of $7,008 during the two reporting periods, including $5,510 for the most recent period. He had a little more than $5,000 on hand as of Sept. 1.

To date, Korkowski trails in the fundraising category, taking in a total of $1,017, including $890 during the most recent reporting period.

In the race for the Garfield County Commissioner District 1 seat, incumbent Democrat Tresi Houpt has raised a total of $25,343 while her opponent, Republican Tom Jankovsky, has raised $15,695.

However, the majority of Jankovsky’s contributions came during the most recent reporting period, $8,229, compared to $3,942 for Houpt.

While Houpt had most of her money still on hand, about $24,000, to put toward her campaign, Jankovsky was down to slightly less than $6,000 as far as funds on hand two months before the election.

In the race for Garfield County sheriff, Republican incumbent Lou Vallario had taken in a total of $8,169, compared to $1,650 for his challenger, Democrat Tom Dalessandri of Carbondale.

Most of Vallario’s campaign funds, $6,099, came in during the preprimary election period when he was gearing up to face Republican challenger Doug Winters. Vallario went on to win the party’s nomination by a narrow margin of 51 percent.

As of Sept. 1, Vallario had $4,681 on hand, to Dalessandri’s $1,026.

And, in the contested race for Garfield County assessor, incumbent John Gorman, a Democrat, had $1,026 on hand, compared to his Republican challenger for the office, Jim Yellico, who had $858.

The candidates for county offices have two more pre-election campaign filing deadlines, on Oct. 12 and Oct. 29.

Candidates for the House District 61 seat have two additional reporting periods prior to the election, with reports due on Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18 and Nov. 1.

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