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KIM MARQUIS
Summit Daily/Reid Williams Debate timekeeper Kasey Geohegan of the Keystone Center holds up the time warning as County Commissioner Bob French gets to his point. French and challenger Jim Stover, left, debated Tuesday night at the Summit County Senior and Community Center.
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Candidates for the District 1 representative on the Summit Board of County Commissioners are raising similar amounts of money to win the seat, according to campaign financial reports submitted to the Summit County Clerk and Recorder’s office.Democrat Bob French, who was appointed to the District 1 seat in July, had raised $7,705 as of Oct. 7. Fifty separate contributions to the Citizens for Bob French campaign came almost exclusively from Summit County residents who gave amounts ranging from $50 to $500.Republican challenger Jim Stover garnered $7,525 in campaign donations through Oct. 7, which included $5,000 from the Summit County Republicans. Twenty-seven additional contributions to the Committee to Elect Jim Stover ranged from $25 to $250 and also chiefly represented checks written by area residents. Stover’s campaign pot is boosted by a $25,000 personal loan. He spent $13,480.66 on his campaign, while French spent $6,582.19.

The deadline for paperwork submissions detailing campaign contributions and expenditures passed at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The next reporting deadline is Oct. 29.In the District 2 race, incumbent Bill Wallace, running for his third and final term as commissioner, raised $7,660 through the reporting deadline of Oct. 7.Through Citizens for Bill Wallace, the candidate raised nearly $6,000 in the first six months of the year. Wallace was challenged in the Aug. 10 primary election by fellow Democrat Barb Crandall. Since winning the party’s nomination, Wallace said he quelled fundraising efforts.His opponent Nov. 2 is Green Party candidate Tom Castrigno, who as of the reporting deadline had raised $200.

Crandall raised $300 to challenge Wallace during the primary election last summer, when her campaign was called “stealth” because she didn’t make an obvious effort to get votes. Wallace said he didn’t see much activity from the Green’s campaign.”I’m not trying to encourage Tom to run a campaign here but at the same time, how much money should I spend to campaign against someone who hasn’t campaigned?” Wallace said. “There are some other very important state and national races out there, so that’s why I slowed down on my fundraising.”Wallace said he expects to spend about $3,000 on the general election.Castrigno said his campaign is a grassroots effort.

“I made the choice not to actively seek campaign contributions,” he said. “This campaign … is happening online, by word of mouth and through personal contacts. It is an underground campaign that will emerge at the voting booth. Clearly, there is no conflict of interest, or any special interests to answer to.”District 3 county commissioner Tom Long is running unopposed for a third term in office. He had not raised funds through the Committee to Elect Tom Long since the first four months of the year, when contributions totaled $1,350 from nine individual donors who reside in Summit County.Long spent less than $700 campaigning all year.Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at kmarquis@summitdaily.com.


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