Several school board, city council candidates in Routt County not fundraising this election season


— The latest finance reports filed by school board and city council candidates in Routt County reveal that several candidates aren't fundraising or spending any money to get their messages out.

Election 2013

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Campaign finance totals through Oct. 10

Steamboat Springs City Council

Tony Connell

Raised: $3,283.37

Spent: $2,433.40

Clark Davidson

Raised: $1,864.95

Spent: $1,287.95

John Fielding

Raised: $0

Spent: $0

Steamboat Springs School Board

Roger Good

Raised: $721.91

Spent: $143.19

Tony Rosso

Raised: $0

Spent: $0

Randy Homan

Raised: $0

Spent: $0

Joey Andrew

Raised: $0

Spent: $227.79

In Hayden, for example, none of the four school board candidates have reported spending a single dollar in the campaign.

In the smaller community, candidates instead are relying on free messaging and face-to-face interactions at community gatherings and church.

Candidate Medora Fralick said Tuesday that raising money for a campaign never crossed her mind.

“The best campaigning is word of mouth and outreach with your neighbors,” she said. “It's kind of funny because it's not like (the candidates) all got together and talked about it. Maybe in Hayden we do things a little different.”

Forgoing campaign fundraising isn't exclusive to the Hayden School Board race.

In the only contested Steamboat Springs City Council race, candidate John Fielding also has not reported spending or raising any money for the campaign.

Instead of advertising, he has been using the candidate forums along with the comment section of Steamboat Pilot & Today stories to get his message out.

He is being outspent heavily by candidates Tony Connell and Clark Davidson, who are using some of the more traditional methods to campaign.

Connell has spent the most money to help get his campaign message out.

Including a $2,443 loan he made to his own campaign, Connell reported raising $3,283 and spending $2,433 on a campaign website and advertising through Oct. 10.

Clark Davidson raised $1,865 and spent $1,288, all on display advertising, in the same time period.

Half of the four candidates running for two seats on the Steamboat Springs School Board are spending money on their campaigns.

Joey Andrew spent $228 on his campaign, while his opponent Randy Homan has not reported any spending.

Roger Good raised $722 and spent $143, while his opponent Tony Rosso is not fundraising.

Routt County elections supervisor Kim Bonner said the Clerk & Recorder's Office has received 925 completed ballots.

That total does not include the ballots dropped off at other locations in the county.

“There's a lot of early interest,” she said.

Bonner said the office received back about 800 ballots that were undeliverable because of voters who now have addresses that don't match what is on file.

Any voter who has not yet received a ballot in the mail should check with the Clerk & Recorder's Office in person or by calling 970-870-5558.

Yes on 2A raises $7,000 through Oct. 10

The campaign supporting the passage of Referendum 2A, which would dedicate the lodging tax to trails and the Yampa River promenade, reported raising $7,000 through Oct. 10.

Fundraising sources include a $1,000 contribution from Green Courte Partners, the developer of downtown's Alpen Glow and Howelsen Place; $5,000 from Bike Town USA; $500 from Collin Kelley, the owner of Carl's Tavern on Yampa Street; and $500 from Kim Haggarty, the owner of All That Jazz and Sweetwater Grill.

The campaign spent $4,347 on advertisements in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 6 months ago

$5,000 from Bike Town USA

Who the heck is that? That is a big chunk of cash. If that organization receives money from the city or county or other government entities then they could be breaking the law by making campaign contributions.


Scott Wedel 3 years, 6 months ago

Tony Connell loaned his campaign $2,443 and thus has only raised $840 in campaign contributions. That is not a lot of money.


bill schurman 3 years, 6 months ago

Me wonders who is backing Tony Connell for city counsel and what do they expect in return ?? That's a lot of money.


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