Youngest win cash race
By Kevin Huelsmann and Benjamin Graham, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
August 21, 2012
The two youngest candidates for the Jackson council raised the most money for their campaigns, according to fundraising reports.
Hailey Morton, 26, led the field with a reported $5,543. Coming in second in money-raising was candidate Phillip Cameron, 32, who pulled in $3,967.
They were trailed by Jim Genzer, who was boosted by donors associated with Save Historic Jackson Hole, a preservation group with which Genzer is associated in a legal battle with the town.
Justin Adams, co-founder of Save His-toric Jackson Hole, gave $1,000 to Genzer’s campaign, making Adams the largest individual donor to any councilor candidate. Genzer also received $100 from Armond Acri, executive director of the watchdog group.
Save Historic Jackson Hole and Genzer are listed as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the town over the new comprehensive land-use plan.
Genzer’s fundraising total of $3,645 included $1,500 of his own money.
Morton, Cameron and incumbent Mark Obringer turned their reports in before the 5 p.m. deadline last Tuesday. Genzer and fellow challengers Jim Stanford and Kelly Egan submitted their reports after the due date. Emy diGrappa and Steve Harrington hadn’t turned in reports by Monday afternoon.
Stanford had considered spending no money during the primary election, but ended up taking a $60 in-kind donation Aug. 5 to have a logo designed, according to his report and his campaign website. The logo appears in an ad in the Jackson Hole News&Guide and on Stanford’s website. Money used to pay for the ad was not included in Stanford’s finance report. Stanford has raised the least amount of any candidate thus far.
Egan raised $1,700, with $500 coming from personal contributions. Ralph Gill gave $200 to Egan, but her two other large donations came from donors with Florida addresses.
Obringer pulled in $2,255. Mayor Mark Barron gave $300 to his campaign.
The crowded field of eight town council candidates will be whittled down to four after votes from the primary election are tallied tonight. The top two vote-getters at the general election in November will win the two open council seats.
Incumbent county commissioner Paul Perry raised $1,525 between May and July for his bid for re-election. He also contributed $2,000 out of his own pocket.
Perry faxed a copy of his report after the deadline and submitted an original copy the next day.
Democratic candidate Melissa Turley raised the most of any county commission candidate. She raked in a total of $7,170 in contributions. Republican candidate Barbara Allen raised $6,000, including $2,000 of her own money.
Claire Fuller, a Democratic contender for a spot on the county commission, raised $700 in the first few months of the campaign season.
All four county commission candidates will advance to the general election in November.