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Fundraising totals lopsided in local county commissioner and state House races

Chuck McConnell

Look at campaign finance reports for local candidates

Chuck McConnell

Diane Mitsch Bush

Cari Hermacinski

Steve Ivancie

Brita Horn

Nikki Knoebel

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Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly said one of the local candidates did not donate to their own campaign. All of the candidates have either given loans or donated to their own campaigns.

No one is running close to one another this year in Routt County’s election fundraising wars.

The latest campaign finance reports filed by local candidates running for treasurer, Colorado House District 26 and Routt County commissioner reveal half of the candidates are raking in much more campaign cash than their opponents.

In the race for the House seat, incumbent state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush raised $27,417 through the end of last month, almost triple the amount of her Republican challenger, Chuck McConnell.

McConnell, a retired chemical engineer, had raised $9,585 in the same time period.

Some of Mitsch Bush’s biggest donors included the Public Education Committee ($2,250) and the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Small Donor Fund ($2,500).

One of McConnell’s largest donations came in the form of a $3,500 check from the Routt County Republican Central Committee.

While the Democratic candidate has the fundraising edge in the House race, it’s a different story in the local race for a county commissioner seat.

Former Steamboat Springs City Council President and Republican Cari Hermacinski brought in $19,167 by July 24.

Incumbent county Commissioner Steve Ivancie, who is working to retain his seat, raised only $1,750 for his campaign in the same time period.

Hermacinski had $2,626 available to spend Aug. 1, while Ivancie had $953.

Some of Hermacinski’s significant donors include Jim and Susan Larson ($1,000 donation), of Steamboat; Nina and John Soileau ($1,500), of Orange Park, Florida; and Del and Diane Gehrett ($1,000), of Terratectonics construction in Littleton.

Ivancie counts former county Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak ($100) as one of his top donors.

The two local candidates who are running to be this county’s treasurer have not raised nearly as much as the candidates for the other offices, but their fundraising race also is lopsided.

Incumbent treasurer Brita Horn, a Republican, has raised $3,475 while her challenger, Oak Creek Mayor Nikki Knoebel, had raised $100.

While fundraising strength doesn’t always correlate with victory at the ballot box, most of the candidates who won here in the last statewide election cycle of 2012 also won the fundraising race.

Mitsch Bush defeated McConnell with a big fundraising edge during their first face-off while Tim Corrigan won his county commissioner seat after raising and spending more than challenger Jim “Moose” Barrows.

Commissioner Doug Monger also had the fundraising edge and held on to his seat after fending off a challenge from Tina Kyprios.

But that same year, state Sen. Randy Baumgardner proved fundraising isn’t the deciding factor in every race.

In a very competitive primary race, he defeated incumbent Sen. Jean White despite raising less than half of White’s fundraising total.

Baumgardner went on to win in the general election.

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Look at campaign finance reports for local candidates

Chuck McConnell

Diane Mitsch Bush

Cari Hermacinski

Steve Ivancie

Brita Horn

Nikki Knoebel

Campaign finance totals through Aug. 1

House District 26

Diane Mitsch Bush (Democrat)

• Raised: $27,417.18

• Spent: $16,549.39

• Cash on hand: $12,644.26

Chuck McConnell (Republican)

• Raised: $9,585

• Spent: $4,103

• Cash on hand: $6,643

Routt County Commissioner, District 3

Cari Hermacinski (Republican)

• Raised: $19,167

• Personal loans: $5,000 (repaid)

• Spent: $16,540

• Cash on hand: $2,626

Steve Ivancie (Democrat)

• Raised: $1,750

• Spent: $796.66

• Cash on hand: $953.34

Treasurer

Brita Horn (Republican)

• Raised: $3,475

• Spent: $28

• Cash on hand: $3,447

Nikki Knoebel (Democrat)

• Raised: $100

• Personal loans: $480.79

• Spent: $480.79

• Cash on hand: $100

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