In Garfield commission race, Martin’s fundraising quadruples Acha’s |

In Garfield commission race, Martin’s fundraising quadruples Acha’s

Ryan Summerlin
John Martin, Garfield County commissioner
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As of last count, Garfield County Commissioner John Martin’s campaign fundraising has quadrupled that of his Democratic opponent, John Acha. Martin’s spending is more than three times that of Acha’s.

Over the course of their campaigns, Acha has raised $4,900 and spent $4,777, while Martin has raised about $19,500 and spent more than $16,000.

Between July 24 and Oct. 13, the most recent reporting period for campaign finances, Martin raised $7,595 and his opponent, candidate John Acha, raised $2,936.

The Acha campaign spent most of that, with $2,562 in expenditures, while Martin’s campaign spent just over $5,000 in those nearly three months.

The single biggest contributor to Martin’s campaign during this period came from Sue Rogers in Carbondale, who contributed $2,500. The next biggest came from Dick Stephenson, who gave $500, Paul Nelson in Glenwood Springs and Transmountain Political Action, based out of Carbondale, who each gave $300. Steve Carver in Glenwood Springs, Mike Deer in Glenwood Springs, Jeremy Henderson in New Castle and William Rice in Carbondale all gave Martin’s campaign $250.

Jeff Carlson from Glenwood Springs, Bill Collins from Glenwood Springs and Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association each gave $200 to Martin.

In total, 45 contributors gave to the Martin campaign over this period.

Martin’s expenditures were focused on only three areas: $4,000 to Chandler Marketing Co. for radio ads, $756.54 to Darrin Smith for Silt and Glenwood Springs parade handouts and $249.46 to Accurate Metalcraft for the Potato Day Parade.

The biggest contributor to the Acha campaign during this period came from Alan Brock, who donated $1,000. Behind him are Thomas Lester of Aspen and Bob Shivley of Silt, who each gave $500. Behind them are Patricia Tomasko of New Castle at $400, Edward Gibson of Grand Junction and Yuni Herrera of Silt at $200 each, and Rory O’Halloran at $100.

These seven were all of Acha’s contributors during this period.

Acha’s biggest spending during this time has gone to Social Vantage Inc. to which he paid $1,250 for “consultant and professional services.” He’s also paid $580 for advertising in the Post Independent and $341 for advertising on Facebook.

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