Jankovsky, Sullivan spend everything they’ve raised
Garfield County commissioner candidates Tom Jankovsky and Michael Sullivan both spent more in the final push before Tuesday’s election than their campaigns took in, according to the last pre-election candidate financial reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State.
Sullivan, the Democratic candidate seeking to unseat Republican incumbent Jankovsky, reports total contributions of $8,663, including another $1,016 in contributions since the last filing deadline on Oct. 9.
During that time, he spent $4,569, bringing his total expenditures to $11,231, for a negative campaign balance of $2,568 as of the Friday filing deadline.
Jankovsky continued to bring in far more contributions than his opponent. He reported another $6,537 in contributions since Oct. 9, bringing his grand total to $40,713 on top of a beginning campaign balance of $2,698 left over from his 2010 run for commissioner.
As of the latest report, Jankovsky had spent $45,069 on his re-election campaign, putting him $1,658 in the red, at least until more contributions come in and are reported.
Candidates for county offices are required to file a final post-election finance report with the Secretary of State’s Office by Dec. 4.
The Friday filing showed that Jankovsky has continued to benefit from support by energy companies and those working in the industry, including a $200 contribution from the political action committee set up by WPX Energy, one of the major oil and gas producers in Garfield County.
Individual contributions to the Jankovsky campaign in recent weeks also came from Kip Costanzo of Rifle, who works for Antero Resources Piceance Corp., in the amount of $1,500; and from Encana employee Angie Binder, $100.
Sullivan has mostly benefitted from contributions by the Garfield County Democratic Party and numerous smaller individual contributions, according to his filings.
Campaign reports filed by the two candidates running for Garfield County surveyor, incumbent Scott Aibner, a Republican, and unaffiliated candidate Sam Phelps, showed no contributions or spending by either candidates. However, Phelps has been running campaign advertisements with the Post Independent, at a cost of just under $500, newspaper records show.
Meanwhile, state Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, who is running largely unopposed for re-election to the State House District 57 seat, with the exception of Libertarian candidate Sacha Mero of Craig, also filed his final pre-election report by the Oct. 27 deadline for candidates for state office.
Rankin has received $29,400 in campaign contributions, while spending $14,938, according his report. Mero reports receiving contributions totaling $100, while spending about $164.
Rankin is also the registered agent for the Transmountain Political Action Committee, which has a stated purpose to elect Republican candidates to state and local offices. His committee reported bringing in approximately $8,800 in contributions, while spending $6,900.
Among the larger contributors to the committee were Atmos Energy Corp. ($400), the Colorado Business Interest Group ($200), Corrections Corporation of America ($400), Mednax Inc. PAC ($550), General Motors PAC ($550), and Associated Collection Agencies ($250).
The local campaigns pale in comparison to the race for Colorado governor between incumbent Democrat John Hickenlooper and Republican challenger Bob Beauprez.
According to their Oct. 27 filings, the Hickenlooper campaign has taken in $5.2 million and spent all but about $117,000 of that. Beauprez reports $1.6 million in contributions and a $844,000 loan, while spending $2.4 million.
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Former Carbondale trustee Katrina Byars said she wants to bring a voice of environmental sustainability to the commission, and believes her opponent has served long enough.