State Republicans invest in Martin’s BOCC campaign
John Martin’s bid for a fifth, four-year term as Garfield County commissioner got a $6,000 boost in the final weeks of the campaign from the Colorado Republican Party, according to campaign finance reports turned in to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office on Friday.
The final pre-election reports on campaign contributions and spending by county commissioner candidates is for the reporting period from Oct. 12-28.
The Martin campaign reported receiving the $6,000 contribution from the Colorado Republican Committee on Oct. 15, bringing his total to $24,349.
His opponent for the District 2 commissioner seat in Tuesday’s election, Democrat Sonja Linman, had raised a total of $23,777 as of the latest filing. Her support has come mostly from individual donors, as well as the local Garfield County Democratic Party.
Martin was the only one of the four candidates running for two county commissioner seats to receive state-level party support. The others, including Linman and fellow Democrat Aleks Briedis, and District 3 Republican incumbent Mike Samson, have all received local party support.
Colorado Republican Committee spokesman Justin Miller declined to comment on the state party’s decision to contribute to Martin’s campaign.
Because it deals with “internal strategy,” he said in an email reply, the party’s policy is not to comment publicly.
Martin also received an additional $409 in support during the Oct. 12-28 reporting period from the county Republicans.
The remainder of Martin’s $11,709 in contributions for that period came from individual donors, including $1,000 each from Garfield County residents Michael Chandler and Anne Jolley.
Martin’s campaign had spent $19,672, leaving a balance of $4,677.
Linman, meanwhile, reported spending $26,403 to date in her campaign, with $23,777 in contributions. That left a negative balance of $2,626 as of the Nov. 2 filing.
All four Garfield County commissioner campaigns combined had raised a total of $78,724 up through the final pre-election filing.
Briedis led the way in his bid to unseat Samson for the District 3 seat, having raised a total of $15,714. That included $400 from the Garfield County Democrats in the most recent reporting period, in addition to individual contributions of between $25 and $200.
Briedis also reported a $999 loan, and had spent $16,161 to date.
Samson reported a grand total of $14,884 in contributions to his campaign, including $409 in the latest reporting period from the county Republican Party.
The remainder of Samson’s $5,959 in contributions for the latest reporting period came from individuals and ranged from $50 to $500.
The candidates are required to file a final campaign finance report with the Secretary of State’s Office in early December.
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