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Heber City election campaigns raise over $20,000

Heidi Franco Kelleen Potter Heber City Election Debate 2021 Leadership 10-21-2021
Ben Lasseter
Councilwoman Heidi Franco (right) addresses the Heber City Leadership forum alongside incumbent Mayor Kelleen Potter at City Hall ahead of the November 2 election on Thursday, October 21.

Ahead of today’s election, Heber City released reports that showed donations to candidates for mayor and city council reached new highs in the 2021 campaigns.

Financial statements dated last Thursday, October 26 show Heber City mayor candidates Kelleen Potter and Heidi Franco raised $13,401 in total. That’s more than double the fundraising in 2017.

Incumbent Potter brought in just under $9,905, while Councilwoman Franco totaled $3,497, not including personal contributions. Both candidates reported spending nearly as much as they raised by the financial disclosure deadline last Thursday.

The top donor to Potter’s campaign was Greg Petersen, COO of California-based Solairus Aviation. Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson and Park City Mayor Andy Beerman also donated to Potter.

Franco’s top contributors were Tim Morris, who’s listed as a member of the Utah Community Forest Council, and the Friends of Heber Valley nonprofit.

In the last race for mayor in 2017, Potter and candidate Alan McDonald raised just over $5,000. Potter also outraised her opponent then with $2,951 to McDonald’s $2,130.

The four candidates for Heber City Council reported a total of over $6,700 in donations.

Bryce Hoover received the most money. All but $18 of his $2,680 total came from the Friends of Heber Valley. The nonprofit also contributed $1,458 in signs and other support to candidate Yvonne Barney. Barney’s fundraising total was $2,100.

Scott Phillips was the top spender, shelling out $5,619 by the October 26 disclosure deadline. Aside from $5,000 he contributed himself, he received $2,000 in donations. $1,500 of that amount came from Adam and Emily Galland, who gave the same amount to Potter’s mayoral campaign.

Meanwhile, incumbent Councilman Wayne Hardman reported $0 in fundraising. He spent $184 of his own money.

The city council fund-raising is up from under $1,876 that the six candidates reported raising from donors in 2017 disclosure forms, but in both races, the spending was the same - $7,330 in 2021 and $7,877 in 2017.

In total, mayoral and council candidates raised over $20,180 this election season.

Heber’s candidates were not the only ones to break local fundraising records ahead of this election. Out of over $160,000 that went to candidates for Park City mayor and council, incumbent Andy Beerman brought in $65,000, Councilwoman Nann Worel totaled almost $54,000, and council candidates raised over $42,000 combined.

Heber City 2021 financial disclosure forms can be found at the following links:

Heidi Franco

Kelleen Potter

Yvonne Barney

Wayne Hardman

Bryce Hoover

Scott Phillips

Ben Lasseter reports for KPCW in Wasatch County. Before moving to Heber City, Ben worked in Manti as a general assignment newspaper reporter and editor.
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