Jankovsky contributions outpacing incumbent Houpt
Tom Jankovsky, the challenger for the Garfield County Commissioner District 1 seat, has surpassed incumbent Commissioner Tresi Houpt in the money race, according to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.
As of Oct. 12, Jankovsky, the Republican candidate, had taken in a total of $47,661 in contributions, including $18,021 during the reporting period from Sept. 5 through Oct. 7.
He had so far spent a total of $40,970 in his bid to unseat the two-term Democratic Commissioner Houpt, with $5,911 on hand for the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 2 election.
Houpt reported contributions totaling $41,204 since the beginning of her campaign for re-election, and $4,618 during the most recent reporting period. She had spent $21,883 to date, with $23,099 on hand.
Jankovsky has benefited from numerous recent individual contributions of 1,000 or more, including $2,500 from Shaun Bolton of Meeker, $2,000 from Wayne Allred of Silt, and $1,000 each from two individuals with ties to the Battlement Mesa community, David Gitlitz of Battlement Mesa Partners and Eric Schmela of Battlement Mesa Company Media/Public Relations.
Houpt’s largest single contribution during the most recent reporting period was $850 from the Colorado Conservation Voters Action Fund, and numerous smaller individual contributions from local supporters.
In the race for Garfield County Sheriff, incumbent Republican Lou Vallario is still far outpacing his Democratic challenger, Tom Dalessandri in funding.
As of the Oct. 12 filing, Vallario had taken in $27,522 to date compared to $3,650 for Dalessandri. Of that, Vallario had spent $21,140 while Dalessandri had spent $2,628.
Candidates for county offices are required to file one more pre-election finance report with the state by this Friday, Oct. 29, as well as a final report 30 days after the election.
In the three-way race for the Colorado House District 61 seat, the Democratic candidate, Roger Wilson of Glenwood Springs, has benefited from a large infusion of cash from the House Majority Committee in the final campaign push.
During the most recent reporting period from Sept. 30 through Oct. 13, Wilson received $12,500 from the Democratic political committee to assist his bid to unseat the incumbent, Kathleen Curry of Gunnison, the former Democrat who is running for re-election as an independent write-in candidate, and defeat the Republican candidate, Luke Korkowski of Crested Butte.
Wilson reported contributions totaling $29,881 to date in his election bid, and had spent $22,951 with another $2,500 on hand. In addition to the committee contribution, Wilson took in $1,000 from the Colorado AFL-CIO labor union.
Curry still had the most money on hand as of the Oct. 18 reporting deadline, $23,265, to assist her effort to convince voters to write her name on the ballot and return her to the State Legislature as an independent.
To date, she had taken in $42,606 in total contributions, including a $10,000 self loan to her campaign. Among her biggest contributors during the most recent reporting period was $1,000 from the Stand for Children committee.
Korkowski had raised $8,810 to date in his campaign to win the House District 61 seat, and had spent $3,224.
Candidates for state offices have one final pre-election reporting deadline on Nov. 1 before ballots are counted the following day.
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