The filing deadline for campaign contributions in local races was Oct. 30. More candidates filed their contributions reports Wednesday, painting a clearer picture of how candidates’ fundraising stacks up.
In the race for the Teton County Board of County Commissioners, Democrat Luther Propst topped the list of fundraisers. Propst reported raising $36,111 ahead of the primary and another $21,911 ahead of the general, for a total of $58,022 since day one. Propst also reported spending $29,169 before the Aug. 21 primary election.
In his general election contributions report, Propst’s biggest donors included Kirk and Peggy Davenport ($1,500 each), Randolph Luskey ($1,500), Thomas Sturgess ($1,500), Ralph and Louise Haberfeld ($1,500 each), and Ted and Noa Stayrk ($1,500 each). He also received $250 from a firefighters political action committee.
Republicans Mary Martin and Mark Barron reported raising $28,106 and $25,200 total since the race began, respectively, filings showed.
Martin’s top donors included $2,500 from Tom Botts and $1,500 from Shelley Botts, $1,000 from Liz and Kelly Lockhart, $1,500 from Dan Heist, $3,000 from Gloria Polis, and $1,000 from Mary Kay and John Turner. Also, $10,216 of Martin’s donations were listed as “in-kind.” Barron’s top contributions included $1,500 from Ted and Noa Staryk and $1,000 each from John and Kittyww Resor, Robert Grady, Randolph and Deborah Barker, Thomas Kalishman and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort President Mary Kate Buckley.
Democrat Seadar Rose Davis raised $16,154, Republican Andrew Byron reported $13,624, and the only incumbent, Democrat Mark Newcomb, received $12,295. Independent Wes Gardner was entirely self-funded, reporting $11,000 total.
Independent county commission candidate Sandy Ress reported $0 in contributions.
A significant amount of money was raised in the county sheriff’s race.
Democratic candidate Matt Carr raised the most with $32,480, which includes contributions for both the primary and general elections. Independent candidate Slade Ross, who unlike partisan candidates, couldn’t begin fundraising until after the Aug. 21 primary, raised $29,745. Republican candidate Michelle Weber raised $20,115, according to reports.
Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees candidate Janine Teske reported $1,189 in her own funds. Candidate Alan Brumsted reported $1,157 in his own personal funds, while candidates Nancy Porthan and Keith Gingery reported raising $0. Candidate Holly Balogh hadn’t filed reports as of Wednesday afternoon.
Erin Weisman, uncontested Democratic candidate for Teton County attorney, reported raising $17,084, including $150 of her own funds and a $1,400 loan.
This story provides updated and corrected numbers from the Oct. 31 Jackson Hole News&Guide story “Lodging tax race moola pours in.” Read more, including a breakdown of top donors to the pro- and anti-lodging tax political action committees, at