Murdock, Best top spenders in council races


PINEDALE – Successful mayor candidate Matt Murdock spent $2,104 in his race and $1,950 of it was from donations. Unsuccessful council candidate Isaac Best spent $1,060 with $825 coming from donations.

According to the candidate expense forms filed with the Sublette County Clerk’s Office, contributors to Murdock’s political action committee, called “Murdock for Mayor,” received contributions from John Sulenta, $1,000; Eric and Leah Plencher, $500; Kenny and Rhonda Egle $200; Sam Clark, $200; and Selena Brown, $50. A contribution of $20 was made anonymously and $134 was the candidate’s personal contribution. Murdock received 161 votes, spending $13.70 for each voted received.

Challenger Tyler Swafford spent $987, all paid by the candidate. No donations were listed. He received 123 votes, spending $8.02 per vote.

Mayoral candidate Jim Brost did not file a candidate expense form by the May 18 deadline. He received 135 votes.

In the council race, Best received contributions from John Sulenta, $500; Robert Jones, $150; and Matthew Daniel, $25. The remainder included personal candidate contributions and a $235 loan. He received 170 votes.

Successful candidate Dean Loftus received $100 from an anonymous donor. He spent $20 on his filing fee and $71 on postcards. He received 224 votes and spent about 40 cents per vote.

Unsuccessful candidate Tim Lingle spent $20 in filing fees and received no donations for his 93 votes.

Successful council candidate John Paravicini, with 221 votes, and unsuccessful candidate Susan Lynn, with 74 votes, had not filed candidate expense forms as of May 29.


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