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.