Routt County Commissioner District 1 challenger Bob Dapper had raised $35,055 by July 23 |

Routt County Commissioner District 1 challenger Bob Dapper had raised $35,055 by July 23

Dapper's campaign funding more than triple Corrigan's

— As of late July, Bob Dapper, the Republican challenger in Routt County Commissioner District 1, had out-raised incumbent Tim Corrigan in campaign funding by more than 3.5 to one, according to information on file at the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

The district comprises mostly South Routt but extends into the southern Steamboat Springs city limits.

As of the end of the most recent campaign finance reporting period, which ran from June 20 to July 23, Dapper had raised a total of $35,055 since October 2015 and spent $22,104. That compares to Corrigan, who has raised a total of $9,569 since Oct. 29 last year, when campaign finance reporting for this election cycle began.

Corrigan had spent $4,680 and maintained a balance on hand of $5,864 (carrying some monies over from the previous cycle) at the end of July. Dapper had an ending balance of $12,950.

Lopsided campaign war chests were also a political reality both in a recent county commissioner race and the statehouse race for Assembly District 26 in 2014.

Current Commission Chairwoman Cari Hermacinski, who successfully challenged incumbent Steve Ivancie in the 2014 race for Commissioner District 3, which comprises most of Steamboat Springs, raised $37,970 through Oct. 26 that year, compared to Ivancie’s funds of $13,710.

The funding gap didn’t lead to a landslide. The outcome was unusually tight with Hermacinski prevailing by 89 votes out of 10,125 cast.

In the 2014 race for Colorado House District 26, comprising Routt and Eagle counties, incumbent Diane Mitsch Bush raised $59,707 compared to $27,835 for Republican challenger Chuck McConnell. Mitsch Bush won by a comfortable margin.

Dapper has thus far spent the single largest portion of his campaign money — $7,530 — on advertising with the Steamboat Pilot and Today. His biggest contributors are Bryan and Christina Cressey, of Chicago, Illinois, and Wolf Run Ranch outside Steamboat Springs, who made a contribution of $10,000.

The majority of Dapper’s contributions thus far were secured in the first reporting period that began Oct. 29.

Corrigan’s single biggest campaign contribution through late July was $1,000 from Carole Milligan. He has spent $1,020 in advertising with the Valley Voice.

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

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