Big Bucks Flowing Into Padgett-Flowers Contest
by Samantha Wright
Oct 25, 2012 | 1131 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OURAY COUNTY – Incumbent Ouray County Commissioner Lynn Padgett is leading Republican opponent Jack Flowers in the cash dash to win the seat for Ouray County Commissioner District 1, but not by much.

The two candidates’ most recent campaign finance statements, filed with the Colorado Secretary of State on Oct. 16, show that Padgett has raised a total of $15,623.95 in her campaign, compared to Flowers’ $14,675, for a combined total of $30,298.95 contributed as of that date in this race.

The previous filing on July 26 showed Flowers well in the lead, $5,677.33 to Padgett’s $2,378.43.

In terms of numbers of individual donations, Padgett now leads Flowers with 118 compared to Flowers’s 94 through the Oct. 16 filing date.

Contributions in the Padgett-Flowers race eclipse those in Ouray County’s other BOCC race – between Don Batchelder (R) and Pat Willits (U) for District 3. These two candidates have raised $1,600 and $5,052 in contributions respectively.

Likewise, campaign contributions in the heated Padgett-Flowers contest far surpass those in the contentious 2010 battle for Ouray County Commissioner District 2. That race saw Republican challenger Mike Fedel rake in total contributions of $8,105, compared to incumbent Keith Meinert’s $5,225. (Meinert lost the race by a margin of 34 votes: 1307-1273).

Flowers and Padgett appear to finding plenty of ways to spend their campaign contributions. Details from the Oct. 16 report of contributions and expenditures show that Padgett has spent a total of $9,641.13 thus far, and that Flowers has spent $8,087.76. But they are spending their funds quite differently, with Padgett committing more to newspaper advertising and print mailings, and Flowers spending more on political signs and radio ad spots.
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