Morton outspent field
By Benjamin Graham, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
November 19, 2012
The top vote-getter was also the top fundraiser and spender in the race for two open seats on the Jackson Town Council.
Newly elected town councilor Hailey Morton collected $6,772 during the general election season, with most of it coming from 44 donors, according to campaign expenditure reports candidates had to file last week. She spent $5,237, mostly on newspaper and radio advertisements and fundraising events.
Morton made a strong money-raising push near the end of her campaign, hauling in more than $2,000 in the two weeks just before election day. Her fundraising far outpaced candidates Jim Stanford, Phil Cameron and Jim Genzer.
The other town council seat winner, Stanford, ended up spending $2,501 during the general election season.
While other candidates spent money on yard signs, Stanford, who intentionally ran a campaign without signs, used his funds to pay for radio and newspaper ads.
He also said he didn’t ask for money.
Stanford’s campaign pot totaled $2,343 from the August primary to the general election. That amount included $411 out of his own pocket and $300 put toward an advertisement on his blog, JHUnderground.com.
Some of the money Stanford spent during the general election was left over from the primary season.
Joe Albright was the most generous donor to both winning campaigns. He gave Stanford and Morton $500 each.
Genzer was the fourth-place finisher, but amassed the second-largest amount of money since September. He reported raising $4,920.
He did not list how much he spent on his campaign in the past several months.
Genzer received last-minute boosts of $1,000 from both Norman McDonald and Justin Adams. Adams, a co-founder of Save Historic Jackson Hole, was a significant contributor to Genzer’s cause throughout the campaign, giving him $1,000 during the primary campaign.
Cameron, who was the second biggest spender leading up to the primary election, spent the least amount of cash during the general election out of the three candidates who filed expenditure reports.
He raised a total of $1,861 over the last two months and spent $2,245. He had some money left over after the primaries.
Cameron’s biggest donors were Mayor Mark Barron and Rep. Ruth Ann Petroff, R-Jackson — a husband and wife political team — who each gave $250. Cameron added $426 of his own money. The largest chunk of his spending went for the purchase of newspaper ads.
Morton and Stanford will take their seats on the town council Jan. 7.
The council will have Barron and councilor Bob Lenz as holdovers.
Councilor Melissa Turley was successful in her campaign to win a seat on the Teton County Board of Commissioners. Councilman Mark Obringer failed to advance to the general election, coming in fifth in the August primary. He will leave the council after serving 16 years.
The new council will appoint a replacement for Turley.