Waldron’s Outdoor Sports store owner Tom Kress is far outpacing his competitors in fundraising for the November Douglas County commissioner election.
Kress has so far raised $32,070 toward the campaign. His nearest challenger is Army National Guard veteran Alek Skarlatos, who has so far raised $12,450.
The only other candidate among the six vying for Gary Leif’s former seat on the commission who has reported campaign earnings to date is Marine veteran Jeremy Salter, who has raised $3,084.
Daniel Loomis, an Army veteran in the race, has filed a campaign committee with the state, but so far reported no funds raised.
Two candidates, marijuana store owner James Hoyt and Navy veteran Richard Vander Velden, have not filed campaign committees with the state. In their filings with the Douglas County Clerk’s Office, Hoyt said he did not plan to raise $750, the threshold for mandatory reporting with the Oregon Secretary of State, while Vander Velden indicated he does plan to file a campaign committee.
So, for those candidates that are raking in the dollars, who’s backing them?
The top contributors to Kress’s campaign are David and Kelley Trinchero, each of whom donated $10,000. Kress also received a $5,000 contribution from Redbell Plastics and $3,000 from Sprinter Trailer, along with smaller contributions from Mark Jones Trucking, William Bayliss and Patty and Joe Waldron. The Kress campaign has also taken in $470 in small individual contributions of $100 or less.
As for Skarlatos, he’s got the backing of state Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, who gave him a $2,500 loan for the campaign. Robert Armstrong gave $2,500 to the campaign, with smaller contributions coming from Elin Miller, Rick Campbell and Rebecca O’Neill. Former commissioner Mike Winters donated $200. Skarlatos’s campaign has also brought in $350 in small individual donations under $100.
The largest contribution to Salter’s campaign so far has been a $1,000 contribution from Guadalupe Preciado-McAlister. He’s also received smaller contributions from Stacey Hawks, Teresa Mankin and Victoria Hawks. His individual cash contributors paying less than $100 are at $750.
It’s still early in election season. Candidates have until Aug. 28 to file for commissioner, so there could be more candidates to come yet, and it’s likely the funds will continue to pour in as well.