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September 15, 2008 8:00 pm

Powell's mayoral race far cheaper than Cody's

Written by Tribune Staff

Local campaign receipts and expenditures in books

Mayor Scott Mangold and challenger Tim Sapp should be thankful they're running for mayor of Powell, rather than Cody.

At the end of August, the two candidates had raised a grand total of $125. Sapp had spent $25 for a filing fee, and Mangold had received a $100 donation (and had yet to spend it).

In comparison, the two Cody mayoral candidates, had already pulled in a combined sum of $13,664.01 and spent $5,732.85.

The bulk of those totals came from candidate Nancy Tia Brown, who raised just under $13,000 — about $2,000 of that from her own pocket.

She spent more than $5,000 on cards, a reception, billboard rental, print and radio ads, signs, stationery and door hangers. Brown took 55 percent of the vote in the Aug. 19 primary election.

Fellow candidate Paul E. Rankin raised and spent $667.96, roughly half of that his own money. He bought signs, a Web site and hats. Rankin received 42 percent of the primary vote.

In Powell's City Council races, Don Hillman emerged as the leading money-spender as of late August. Hillman used $944 of his own dough on ads, signs and parade candy.

Also out of his own pocket, Jim Hillberry spent $292 on yard signs and rack cards.

Among council contenders John Sides, Floyd Young, Shea Reel and Mark Senn, the lone monetary amount reported was a $25 filing fee for Sides.

In the Republican race for seats on the Park County Commission race, Dave Burke emerged as the leading vote-getter at the polls and the top fundraiser at the bank.

In the primary push, Burke received $9,965, and spent $8,984. Of that, $6,110 came jointly from Dave and his wife, Nena. The remaining $3,855 came from more than 50 donors.

The money went to booth space at the fair, print and radio ads, postcards, signs, pens and door hangers.

Terry Hinkle, who finished third in voting for the two open commission seats, was second in spending.

He brought in and spent a total of $7,913. The large majority of that, $6,713, came from him and his wife, Tonia Grdina. The other $1,200 came from individual contributors.

The money went toward radio and print ads, booth space, signs, T-shirts, pens and campaign literature.

Sitting Commissioner Bucky Hall came in second at the ballot box to close in on re-election. He took third in the money race overall, but raised the most money from outside sources. Hall raised $4,220. As of late August, he had spent $3,505.

Hall said except for a $200 expenditure from his own wallet at the outset, all the money came from contributors. He received $20 worth of financial backing from fellow Commissioner Jill Shockley Siggins.

Hall used his contributions on yard signs, handouts, print and radio ads, and gave $220 to his campaign manager and son, Matt Hall.

Judy Allshouse took fourth at the polls and in the money, raising $3,266. She spent $2,216.37 — the same amount that came from her and her immediate family.

Allshouse purchased signs, pens, ads, punch and candy, banners, stickers and magnets.

Candidate Hank Whitelock raised and spent about $1,700 — $1,000 of that from his own pocket. The money bought yard signs, post cards, magnets and a decorated booth at the fairgrounds.

Margaret Wilde raised $3,350 — $3,000 of that from a loan. She spent around $1,800 on brochures, photos, T-shirts, ads, cards, decals, signs and mints.

After the primary election, local candidates had until Aug. 29 to file their receipts and expenditures with the county clerk's office.