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Money doesn’t always mean votes

Donna Gray

If money had talked in the Garfield County Commissioners race in November, it’s certain Greg Jeung would have walked away with the election. Although incumbent John Martin lagged far behind opponent Jeung in campaign contributions, it was Martin, not Jeung who took the majority of the vote. But it was not a walk in the park for Commissioner Martin, who beat Jeung by only 238 votes.Final campaign financing reports were filed with the county clerk and recorder’s office this month.During the final reporting period covering the end of October and November, Jeung, a Glenwood Springs Democrat, raised $764.00. However, Jeung had pulled ahead of Martin, a Glenwood Springs Republican, in August and September, taking in $11,947.05, primarily through contributions of $100 or less.Commissioner Martin, a Glenwood Springs Republican, raised $4,550 during that period.Jeung went into the final days to the election with contributions of $764.Martin had $2,772.88 in his coffers and received $1,150.00 in contributions between Oct. 25 and Nov. 27.Fellow commissioner Larry McCown, a Rifle Republican, maintained his campaign financing lead over opponent Keith Lambert, a Democrat and current Rifle mayor. McCown won the election by 850 votes. McCown raised $3,361.75 and Lambert $2,825.86 in the final reporting period. As expected, all four candidates spent most if not all of their campaign money in the days leading up to the election, chiefly on newspaper advertising and brochures.Jeung spent $7,341.36 and Martin, $1,986.34.McCown far out-spent Lambert, $5,682.33 to $2,798.30.Contributions continued to trickle in for all candidates in the final reporting period. Larry McCown received a $825.75 contribution from wife, Dee McCown, and $500 from Jack and Danice Hazelhurst of Parachute.Rifle attorney Edward Sands contributed $400 to Lambert’s campaign chest.A primary recipient of campaign largesse from the candidates was the Glenwood Post Independent, who advertisements for all four candidates in its pages during and after the election. John Martin and Keith Lambert were the big spenders with the Post Independent, paying $1,442.12 and $2,608.30 respectively for advertising. The Battlement Mesa/Parachute Sun also benefited, with McCown spending $143.50 and Lambert $190.00 on advertising.Jeung rang up $6,094.25 with Gran Farnum, a Glenwood Springs printing company, for brochures.Committees formed to promote ballot issues also reported ending finances after the election.Community on the Move pushed for Referendum 4B , a sales tax to support, the Roaring Fork Transit Authority, which passed in the election, 5,113-3,842 votes in the Roaring Fork Valley.The measure also passed in Pitkin County. Both the lower Roaring Fork Valley and Pitkin County measures had to pass for either to take effect.From Oct. 25 to Nov. 22, the committee received $1,550 in contributions. Total contributions during the campaign amounted to $14,575.03. It received a $1,500 contribution from concrete Works of Colorado, Inc. of Lafayette. The committee paid $8,650 to the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, which also contributed $3,925,03 for advertising, printing and mailing.A committee to promote the Roaring Fork School District Re-2 million mill levy override, received $10,000 from Facility Innovation Services Inc., a Grand Junction construction company, which is building Re-2’s Coal Ridge High School between Silt and New Castle.The $2.7 million mill levy override passed 54 to 46 percent – with 4,225 votes in favor to 3,595 opposed.The committee took in a total of $1,000 in contributions including $500 each from Alpine and Wells Fargo banks in Rifle. It spent $2,737 on signs, $380 for advertising with Jean’s Printing of Rifle and $604.90 in advertising with the Citizen Telegram. It also paid Re-2 employee Theresa Hamilton $1,020 for graphic design. The committee had $1,168.21 left over after the election, which was given to the Garfield Re-2 Education Foundation.The committee took in a total of $1,000 in contributions including $500 each from Alpine and Wells Fargo banks in Rifle. It spent $2,737 on signs, $380 for advertising with Jean’s Printing of Rifle and $604.90 in advertising with the Citizen Telegram. It also paid Re-2 employee Theresa Hamilton $1,020 for graphic design. The committee had $1,168.21 left over after the election, which was given to the Garfield Re-2 Education Foundation.


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