Vallario outgunning Dalessandri 3-1 in campaign fund-raising |

Vallario outgunning Dalessandri 3-1 in campaign fund-raising

Heather McGregor

Republican sheriff candidate Lou Vallario is leading his Democratic opponent 3-1 in campaign fund-raising.Vallario, who is challenging incumbent Tom Dalessandri for the Garfield County sheriff’s post, collected $20,734 in campaign funds by the Oct. 15 reporting date. Dalessandri collected $6,895.The candidates filed donation and spending reports at the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s office.In interviews last week with the Post Independent Editorial Board, Vallario said he planned to spend at least $15,000 on his campaign, and more if he could raise it. This is the first bid for office for Vallario, 42, the lieutenant at the Glenwood Springs Police Department.Glenwood Springs accountant Steven Lampman is Vallario’s registered campaign agent.Dalessandri, 49, a two-term incumbent, said he expected to spend about $9,000. His campaign agent is Barbara Sunderland, of New Castle, who also serves as his administrative secretary at the sheriff’s department.From April through the Oct. 15 reporting deadline, Vallario collected money from 82 individuals and businesses.Roaring Fork Reclamation LLC, owned by Carbondale businessman Dick Stephenson, contributed $2,000. Three other donors contributed $1,000 each: Glenwood Springs businessmen Mark Gould; Mike Fattor; and Titore Way LLLP, a partnership held by Glenwood Springs real estate broker Terry Ewbank.Other $200 to $500 contributors to Vallario’s campaign include Garfield County commissioners Walt Stowe and Larry McCown; Glenwood Springs police officers Bill Kimminau and Levy Burris; construction companies Casey Concrete, Pioneer Steel, Becvarik Bros. Concrete, Welch Excavating, Con-Sy Inc., Concrete Construction and D.M. Neuman Construction; auto dealers Two Rivers Chevrolet, Berthod Motors, and Jeffrey Carlson, owner of Glenwood Springs Ford.Contributors of $50 to $200 included Glenwood Springs Mayor Don Vanderhoof and City Councilman Dave Merritt; Glenwood Springs city manager Mike Copp; ranchers Joanne Couey, Roy Savage and Malcolm Jolley; Battlement Mesa officials Lynn Shore and Tom Beard; and other businesses, including Gilco Inc., Diemoz Construction, BTE Concrete Formwork, Dow Construction, Royal Equipment Rental, Dodson Engineered Products and Hoffmeister Painting.From April through the Oct. 15 reporting deadline, Dalessandri collected money from 32 individuals and businesses, and a $200 contribution from the Democratic Committee.Dalessandri’s largest contributor was Sierra Steel Co., a Highlands Ranch firm owned by Russell Pilcher, which gave $1,500. He also received a $500 contribution from Reilly Johnson Architecture, the Denver firm that designed the new Garfield County Jail.Other contributors of $100 to $500 were Bill and Jan Kaufman; sheriff’s department employees Ron VanMeter, Gary and Barbara Sunderland and Jim Sears; Carbondale fire chief Ron Leach; attorneys Bob Noone, Sherry Caloia and D. Shackelford Shipp; Prince Creek Construction; and D&D Towing of Basalt.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.