As part of a final push toward Election Day, Summit County campaigns receive thousands of dollars |

As part of a final push toward Election Day, Summit County campaigns receive thousands of dollars

Elizabeth Miller drops her ballot in a collection box at Breckenridge Town Hall on April 5, Municipal Election Day.
Andrew Maciejewski/Summit Daily News

As election season is nearing completion, candidates are continuing to collect contributions from supporters in order to finish the race to Election Day. 

In the race for Summit County sheriff, the two candidates — incumbent Jaime FitzSimons and challenger Chris Scherr — have raised a combined total of more than $40,000 since late July, according to disclosures filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

Between July 24 and Oct. 13, the most recent filings for local races, the FitzSimons For Sheriff campaign collected $23,300 in contributions. 

“If you look at all of the programs I have been involved in — that have been foundational in this community — it is from sitting down, walking through the doors, sitting at tables, listening to all of you,” FitzSimons said at a debate hosted by the Summit Daily News earlier this month. 

Since July 24, Scherr received $17,961.89 for his campaign. 

For both campaigns, spending includes print and radio ads as well as signs, T-shirts and other promotional material. 

“Our community needs to be absolutely aware of what our officers and deputies face everyday and what challenges our community faces every day,” Scherr said at the debate hosted by the Summit Daily News. “We have seen an increase of crime, we have felt it here in our community.”

In total, $41,261.89 was contributed to candidates in the race for Summit County Sheriff. This graph shows the breakdown of how much each candidate contributed to the total.
Eliza Noe/Summit Daily News

There were no recent filings for donations or expenditures in the races for Summit County commissioner and county clerk and recorder. There is still one more filing expected before Election Day. 

Positions to represent Summit County’s district at the state level are garnering large interest as well. According to the most recent filings with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, incumbent Rep. Julie McCluskie, of Dillon, filed $19,888.76 in contributions between Sept. 29 to Oct. 12. Challenger David Buckley raised $825 in that same time period.

In the Colorado Senate race, Democrat Dylan Roberts and Republican Matt Solomon are facing off in Senate District 8. Most recent filings show that Roberts, who is currently serving as a state representative, received $17,019.53 in the first half of October. Solomon raised $9,071.70. According to reporting from the Steamboat Pilot & Today, over $1 million has been spent this year by soft money groups, or spending that comes from independent expenditure committees that are not allowed to coordinate with any candidate or political party.

Ballots were mailed to registered voters Monday, Oct. 17. Mail-in ballots can either be sent via the U.S. Postal Service or delivered to drop boxes around the county. Ballot drop boxes will remain open until 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8. 

More election coverage can be found at, including columns from each candidate as well as coverage of recent debates. Early, in-person voting begins Monday, Oct. 24. The last day to register to vote and receive a ballot by mail is Oct. 31. The last day to register to vote and vote in person is Nov. 8. 

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