By the numbers
Moffat County candidate expenditures:
County commission, District 2:
• Audrey Danner — $3,598.07
• Tony St. John — $3,602.05
• Tami Barnes — $0
County commission, District 3:
• Frank Moe —$13,120.02
• Tom Mathers — $3,564.59
• Kerry Moe — Not available
County clerk and recorder:
• Lila Herod — $439.92
• Carol Scott — $2,970.11
• Robert Razzano — $2,369.80
• Jennifer Riley — $1,441.55
• Larry Dalton — $1,341.53
• Kirk McKey — $630.93
• Tim Jantz — $697.15
• Peter Epp — $0
• Mike Brinks — $2,688.38
• Elaine Sullivan — $2,382.40
— Figures reveal spending up to Sept. 4, and are according to reports released by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office
John Ponikvar, Moffat County Republican Central Committee chairman, said there is more to a campaign than the amount of money spent on advertising and promotions.
“I still don’t think it makes that big of a difference, locally,” he said of candidate campaign spending.
Ponikvar said most voters already know who candidates are and may not be influenced by campaign advertising and spending, particularly in a small community.
“They know what they have done in the community,” he said. “I think they already have feelings and opinions about those people and money is not going to change that.”
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 Sept. 4.
Frank Moe, a former candidate for Moffat County Commission District 3, led all county candidates in money raised and spent, according to the reports.
Moe reported he spent $13,120.02 on his campaign. He reported he raised $13,585.20 in campaign contributions. Moe also reported $120 in non-monetary contributions.
Moe was fined $400 on Aug. 10 for filing a report late to the secretary’s office. He said he requested the secretary waive that fine.
Moe was defeated in August’s primary by incumbent District 3 commissioner Tom Mathers, who reported spending $3,564.59 on his campaign.
Mathers reported he spent $658.24 of that out-of-pocket. He has received $2,650 in campaign contributions, according to records.
Audrey Danner, incumbent District 2 commissioner, reported spending $3,598.07 on her campaign. She reported not spending any money on her campaign since July 16.
Danner also reported she has received $4,455 in campaign contributions.
According to records, Danner was fined $50 on Aug. 2 for filing a report late to the secretary’s office. Danner has requested that fine be waived, according to records.
Tony St. John, a county commissioner candidate who was defeated by Danner in the primary, reported spending $3,602.05 on his campaign.
According to records, St. John spent $2,813.40 of that out-of-pocket. He reported he raised $4,050 in campaign contributions.
St. John was fined $800 on Aug. 10 for filing a report late. He said he requested the fine be waived, according to records.
Tami Barnes, a write-in candidate for county commission District 2, reported not spending any money or receiving any contributions to her campaign, according to records.
Elaine Sullivan, a candidate for county treasurer, reported spending $2,382.40 on her campaign. She reported raising $2,530 in contributions.
Sullivan was fined $250 on Sept. 3 for filing a spending report late. Sullivan requested the fine be waived, according to records.
Mike Brinks, a treasurer candidate who was defeated by Sullivan in the primary, reported spending $2,688.38 on his campaign. Brinks reported he received $2,688.38 in contributions, $1,400.13 of which was through loans.
Robert Razzano, a candidate for county assessor, reported spending $2,369.80. He reported he raised $2,750 in contributions and reported $4,399.86 in non-monetary contributions.
Carol Scott, a county assessor candidate who was defeated by Razzano in the primary, reported spending $2,970.11 on her campaign. She reported raising $3,000 in contributions.
Jennifer Riley, a former write-in candidate for county assessor, reported spending $1,441.55. Riley reported raising $5,700 in campaign contributions.
Kirk McKey, a candidate for county coroner, reported spending $630.93 on his campaign.
McKey was fined $1,700 on Sept. 13 for filing a report late to the Secretary of State’s office. He said he has requested the fine be waived, according to records.
Larry Dalton, a candidate for county coroner who was defeated in the primary, reported spending $1,341.53 on his campaign.
Sheriff Tim Jantz, who is running for re-election unopposed, reported spending $697.15 on his campaign. Jantz reported he has raised $800 in total contributions.
Lila Herod, an unopposed candidate for county clerk and recorder, reported spending $439.92. She reported she has raised $550 in contributions and $100 in non-monetary contributions.
Peter Epp, an unopposed candidate for county surveyor, reported that he hasn’t spent any money on his campaign.
Campaign finance filings for Kerry Moe, county commission District 3 write-in candidate, were not available as of press time.