Loomis funds small against DeVincentis

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Steamboat Springs School Board incumbent Michael Loomis has raised only a fraction of the money accumulated by his challenger for the board's District 1 seat, according to campaign finance reports turned in to the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office on Monday.

Loomis reported receiving $200 in contributions through Sept. 30. Loomis said Monday night that he received another $160 in contributions from Oct. 1 to Oct. 6, bringing his total for the first election cycle reporting period to $360. By comparison, John DeVincentis, his challenger, reported raising $3,729 through Oct. 6.

DeVincentis has raised more money for his School Board campaign than most Steamboat Springs City Council candidates have raised for their campaigns. Only council candidate Bud Romberg had raised more than DeVincentis through Oct. 6.

The first campaign finance reports were due last week. Additional reports will be due later this month and after the Nov. 1 Election Day.

Candidates for Steamboat, Hayden and South Routt school board races and campaigns for local ballot issues must file their reports with the Clerk and Recorder's Office. The first deadline was last week, but Clerk and Recorder's Office personnel mistakenly requested that filings be made by Monday. Because of the error, candidates and campaigns were allowed to wait until Monday to submit their reports. The county office also mistakenly asked candidates and campaigns to report contributions through Sept. 30 instead of through Oct. 6. Loomis' official report will be amended to include the additional $160.

DeVincentis and most of the campaigns for ballot issues turned in their completed reports last week. Those reports and the names of individual contributors were published in Sunday's Steamboat Pilot & Today.

The Committee to Preserve Ranchlands and Natural Areas also turned in its campaign finance report Monday. The campaign, which supports the Routt County Purchase of Development Rights program, raised $5,285 in monetary contributions through Oct. 6.

By comparison, the Library Expansion Committee raised $9,414 to support the passage of Referendums 5A and 5B. The Campaign to Help Routt County Residents with Mental Retardation raised $23,970 to support the passage of Referendum 1B, of which $23,500 came from funds from Horizons Specialized Services.

According to campaign fin-ance law, candidates and campaigns must identify by name all persons and organizations that contribute $20 or more to their causes. A contributor's employer and occupation also must be included if he or she donates $100 or more.


-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail scunningham@steamboatpilot.com

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