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Early campaign fundraising totals released for Routt County commissioner’s race

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In the race for Routt County commissioner, Democratic challenger Beth Melton is ahead of incumbent Republican Cari Hermacinski when it comes to early campaign fundraising.

Melton has collected almost $20,000 as of May 31, including $17,583.30 in campaign contributions and another $1,981 in non-monetary contributions, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

During that same time period, the campaign had expenditures of $3,197.63 with Lauren Davies serving as the registered agent for Melton’s candidate committee.

The Committee to Elect Cari Hermacinski entered the 2018 election cycle with a balance of $180 and has accumulated $7,190 in contributions plus loans of $643.99 as of May 31.  The Hermacinski campaign has spent $940.25.

Hermacinski is listed as the registered agent for her campaign committee with Ursula Hermacinski  serving as the “designated filing agent.”

Both candidates appear on the June 26 primary ballot in District 3 in their respective party primaries, although they are running unopposed.

Melton’s campaign contributions have come from 173 individual donors, the majority of them contributing $50 or less.  The largest single contribution was $1,000, although a number of donors have made multiple donations that add up to a little more than that.

Charles “Chuck” McConnell is running for commissioner as a Republican write-in candidate. He has registered his campaign with the Secretary of State’s Office, but as a write-in, but his name is not on the primary ballot.

According to the June 5 campaign fundraising report, McConnell is serving as his own registered agent, and he has not raised any campaign contributions nor spent any money on his campaign.

Hermacinski’s largest contributors thus far include: Don Valentine, $500; Joe and Sarah Bishop, $200; Ray and Karen Parks, $500; James Peterson and Katherine Meyer, $200; Rob Perlman, $50;  Susan Holloran, $250; Rick Dowden, $500: and Ursula Hermacinski, $750.

Larger contributions to the Melton campaign include: Jacquelyn Kaster, aggregate $300; Carl Ungerecht, $500; Cynthia Rutledge, $300;  Patricia Carney, $350; Matt Eidt, aggregate $1,200; Roger Ashton, aggregate $1,250; and Paula Cooper Black, aggregate $530.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1.


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