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Park City candidates raise over $160,000 in most expensive city election yet

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This year's election in Park City is the most expensive in history.

With election day in Park City less than a week away, the city released the latest financial statements from the candidates for mayor and city council. More money has been raised and spent in Park City this election season than ever before.

According to campaign financial disclosure statements released by the city this week, mayoral candidates Andy Beerman and Nann Worel combined to raise over $118,000 in their race for Park City’s highest office. Beerman raked in just under $65,000 and Worel totaled almost $54,000 in donations.

In the last mayoral contest between Beerman and three-term mayor Dana Williams in 2017, the candidates raised half that amount. In that race, Beerman raised over $39,000 to Williams’ total of just under $20,000.

On the city council side, candidates Tim Henney, Tana Toly, and Jeremy Rubell raised over $42,000 combined, with Toly and Rubell far outraising Henney, who is seeking a third term on the council.

Rubell’s and Toly’s campaign funds totaled just under $20,000 each, with Rubell out-raising Toly by only $625. Henney has raised a total of $3,510.

In Henney’s last run for council in 2017, he also amassed $3,500 in campaign funds. That year, no other city council candidate raised over $6,200.

Since the last financial disclosures, which were released before the August 10th primary, notable recent donors include $5,000 to Beerman’s campaign from local 1964 Olympic gold medalist Dick Roth, and $2,500 apiece from Salt Lake City venture capitalist Ladd Christiansen and Los Angeles-based pharmaceutical executive Frank Watanabe. Worel has received $5,000 from venture capitalist and Christian Center of Park City board member James Swartz, along with seven people donating $1,000 each to her campaign.

Toly, Rubell, and Henney have not received a contribution of over $500 since the primary.

Looking at how much of this year's money has actually been spent, all the campaigns combined have spent just under $117,000 so far. Beerman has spent nearly $47,000, Worel $29,000, Rubell and Toly $19,000 each, and Henney $2,300. With a population of just over 8,500 people and 6,000 registered voters, that works out to just over $19 spent per voter in Park City.

That number contrasts with the $6.6 billion spent on the 2020 presidential election, which averaged over $39 per registered voter across the country.

Worel and Beerman both told KPCW during a broadcast candidate forum earlier in October that they were disappointed in how much it has cost to run for office this year.

Final financial statements will be released after the election.

Ballots were mailed to Park City voters earlier this month and must be postmarked by Monday, November 1st, or can be dropped in a ballot drop box up until election day on November 2nd.

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.