2 Routt County Republicans remain far behind in state treasurer fundraising race

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS  — The two Routt County Republicans who are running for state treasurer remain far behind in the fundraising race, according to new campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.

Republican businessman Brian Watson now leads the GOP field in campaign cash after raising $214,614.95 for his campaign in the latest fundraising quarter.

The Denver Post reported Wednesday Watson’s haul was more than all of the other nine candidates for the job combined.

District Attorney Brett Barkey, a Republican from Hayden, raised $14,254.16 while Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn raised $9,285.

Records show Barkey gave $7,500 to his own campaign.

Although Barkey added more to his campaign coffers than Horn last quarter, Horn has the most cash on hand in Routt County.

Records show she had $17,535 left to spend at the end of December, while Barkey had $1,120.

State Rep. Polly Lawrence posted the second highest fundraising total in the Republican field, reporting $55,989.79 in campaign contributions.

State Sen. Kevin Lundberg reportedly raised $7,464.63 while state Rep. Justin Everett raised $5,386.23.

The Post reported that the Republicans are outraising Democrats this campaign season.

According to the Post, State Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley, raised the most of any Democrat with $35,604.90.

Colorado chief financial officer Charles Quin Scheibe raised $30,723.99 and Denver businessman Bernard Douthit raised $10,525.

State Rep. Steve Lesbock, a Democrat who is currently facing allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple women, raised $1,025.

The Post reported Lesbock’s fundraising has dried up in the wake of the allegations.


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