Ford outspends Arnold in only contested Steamboat City Council race
November 6, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A lack of competition in most of the Steamboat Springs City Council races this fall also led to the lowest fundraising and campaign spending totals in recent history.
Council candidates Scott Ford and Peter Arnold, who are running in the only contested race, did not collect any contributions for their campaigns.
Finance reports filed with the city last week show Arnold reported spending $86 of his own money on Facebook advertisements, while Ford spent $2,551 of his own cash for campaign advertisements and his website.
By comparison, a two-way contested council race back in 2015 had then-candidate Jason Lacy raise $10,915 for his campaign against Michael Buccino.
Ford, an incumbent council member, and Arnold are vying for the council's at-large seat, which carries a two-year term.
Some of the council candidates who are running uncontested for the other seats this year did collect some donations for their campaigns before realizing they would not face opponents.
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Following Tuesday's election, incumbent council member Kathi Meyer will serve in the District 2 seat, incumbent Lisel Petis will serve in the District 1 seat, and former councilwoman Sonja Macys will start serving again in District 3.
All three candidates are running unopposed.