Spending race speeds up

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If campaign contributions are any indication, the race for the District 2 commissioner seat could be the most hotly contested in the county. The race is drawing more contributions and expenditures than the District 1 race.

In the most recent campaign fund reporting period, Jeff Fry, Republican candidate for the District 2 seat, raised the most money of all commissioner candidates, but Doug Monger, incumbent and Democrat for the same seat, had spent the most.

Fry reported $1,350 in contributions for the period from Sept. 5 to Oct. 7, including a $1,000 contribution from the Routt County Republicans Central Committee. He spent $1,284 of that during the same period, which leaves him with about $70 on hand, including about $3 he started with at the beginning of the period.

Monger reported contributions of $840 and expenditures of about $2,500 between Sept. 5 and Oct. 7, with about $1,500 going to newspaper advertisements and the remaining $1,000 going to graphic art designs, T-shirts and advertising brochures.

Since March, Monger has received about $8,800 and has spent about $4,000.

Fry has raised about $4,300, and has spent most of it.

Cheriene Marchus, a write-in candidate for the District 2 seat, reported no contributions or expenditures for this period. Since announcing her candidacy, she reportedly has received $8 from a nonmonetary donation in the form of business cards, and had no expenditures.

Reports for the Sept. 5 to Oct. 7 period were due Tuesday.

In the District 1 race, incumbent and Republican Nancy Stahoviak raised $550 during the most recent reporting period but spent nothing. That brings her total raised to $3,750 and her total spent to about $1,400.

Stahoviak's challenger, Libertarian candidate Mike Kien, has reported no donations. Kien said from the start that he had no intention of accept campaign contributions. He reported no expenses for the most recent period.

The next filing for campaign funding is due Oct. 29.

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