By the numbers
Moffat County candidate expenditures:
County commission, District 2:
• Audrey Danner — $3,598.07
• Tony St. John — $4,220.63
• Tami Barnes — $0
County commission, District 3:
• Tom Mathers — $3,578.59
• Kerry Moe — $557
County clerk and recorder:
• Lila Herod — $574.42
• Robert Razzano — $2,369.80
• Kirk McKey — $630.93
• Tim Jantz — $704.15
• Peter Epp — $0
• Elaine Sullivan — $2,382.40
— Figures reveal spending up to Oct. 7, and are according to reports released by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office
John Ponikvar, Moffat County Republican Central Committee chairman, said campaign spending among county candidates for office may not have a substantial impact on local elections.
“I think that meeting people and visiting with them just means more than any of the money they have spent,” he said.
However, as the November general election approaches, Ponikvar said he doesn’t expect to see much more spending among the various candidates for office.
As for Moffat County’s two remaining write-in candidates, Ponikvar said the opportunity to make an impact with voters through advertising and other campaign spending may have passed.
“Their message needed to be out, and they needed to make the contacts and do what they were going to do already,” he said. “If they do spend money, it is probably too late.”
Candidates for office are required to submit financial reports to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office throughout the election season.
Current financial reports reflect candidates’ spending and contributions up to Oct. 7.
The latest reporting period reflects campaign activities from Sept. 5 through Oct. 7.
Incumbent District 3 commissioner Tom Mathers reported spending $3,578.59 on his campaign. Mathers reported he spent $658.24 out-of-pocket. He has received $2,650 in campaign contributions, according to records. During the most recent reporting period, Mathers spent $14 on his campaign, according to records.
His opponent, Kerry Moe, a write-in candidate for District 3, reported spending $557 on her campaign in the most recent reporting period. According to records, she received $1,000 in campaign contributions.
Audrey Danner, incumbent District 2 commissioner, reported spending $3,598.07 on her campaign so far. She did not spend any money on her campaign during the most recent reporting period, according to reports.
Danner also reported she has received $4,455 in campaign contributions.
Tony St. John, a county commissioner candidate who was defeated by Danner in the primary election, reported spending $4,220.63 on his campaign.
According to records, St. John spent $2,798.94 of that out-of-pocket. He reported he raised $4,072.04 in campaign contributions.
St. John reported spending $633.04 and raising $22.04 in the latest reporting period.
Tami Barnes, a write-in candidate for county commission District 2, did not spend any money or receiving any contributions to her campaign, according to records. Barnes’ current reporting period finances were not available as of Wednesday.
Elaine Sullivan, a candidate for county treasurer, reported spending $2,382.40 on her campaign. She reported raising $2,780 in contributions so far, $250 of which were raised in the latest reporting period.
Robert Razzano, a candidate for county assessor, reported spending $2,369.80. He reported raising $3,750 in contributions and reported $5,181.75 in non-monetary contributions. Razzano reported raising $1,000 during the latest reporting period.
Kirk McKey, a candidate for county coroner, reported spending $630.93 on his campaign. He did not spend or raise any money in the latest reporting period, according to records.
Sheriff Tim Jantz, who is running for re-election unopposed, reported spending $704.15 on his campaign. Jantz reported he has raised $800 in total contributions. During the latest reporting period, he spent $7 on his campaign, according to records.
Lila Herod, an unopposed candidate for county clerk and recorder, reported spending $574.42. She reported she has raised $600 in contributions and $100 in non-monetary contributions.
During the latest reporting period, Herod raised $50 and spent $134.50, according to records.
Peter Epp, an unopposed candidate for county surveyor, reported that he hasn’t spent any money on his campaign.