Monday, June 25, 2018

El Paso County sheriff candidates spent $228K in primary race

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2018 at 4:46 PM

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Among the local major party nominations that will be decided in the June 26 primary election are several El Paso County races, and some are spending lots of money to get past the primary hurdle. Primary races often decide who the new officer holder will be, because the county is heavily dominated by the GOP.

Republican sheriff challenger Mike Angley has spent more than twice as much as incumbent Bill Elder, who's seeking his second term, according to campaign finance reports, the most recent of which were filed on June 22.

Angley had spent $167,715 through June 17, the end of the 17-day filing period, compared to Elder's $60,923. That left Angley with about $15,600 on hand, and Elder with $9,100. (Angley and his wife, Evelyn, have contributed $160,000 to his campaign; Angley has said he refused to accept contributions from currently serving sheriff's staff.)

Angley drew contributions during the filing period from 102 people, ranging from $1 to $700, while Elder had 41 contributions ranging from $20 to $2,500.

In the county commissioner races, in the northern District 1, Holly Williams raised $26,293 and loaned her campaign another $2,454, while spending $22,401; Calandra Vargas raised $22,529 and spent $20,179.

In the city District 5, Cami Bremer raised $52,115 and spent $37,159, while Vicki Tonkins raised $18,310 and spent $16,211.

Those seats are open due to the current office holders — Darryl Glenn in District 1 and Peggy Littleton in District 5 — being term limited.

The Republican winners will face off against Democrat contenders in the Nov. 6 election.

If you haven't cast your ballot, please take time to drop it in one of the ballot boxes across the county. DO NOT mail it. It's too late for that.

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