The campaigns of the two candidates for mayor of Twisp have attracted more dollars per voter than any race in the Methow Valley this election season.
Incumbent Soo Ing-Moody and challenger Vern Nations have raised at least $5,700 total in a town that had 610 registered voters in the most recent general election.
The two candidates for commissioner of Okanogan County Fire District 6, Darold Brandenburg and Ken Doran, have raised three times as much in donations — about $15,700 as of Thursday (Oct. 10) — in a jurisdiction with six times the number of registered voters.
Ing-Moody has raised $3,421.83 as she seeks a third full term as Twisp’s mayor, according to detailed records provided by her campaign treasurer, Mike Fort. The report was current through Oct. 5.
Ing-Moody’s biggest donors:
• Mike Fort, $500.
• Thomas and Sonya Campion, $500.
• Bill and Sandy Moody, $300.
• Twisp River Suites, $300.
Nations declined to name his donors but said on Oct. 8 he had received about $2,300 in donations, roughly half of that from the candidate himself. The half donated by other people came mostly from businesses, Nations said.
Ing-Moody’s campaign had spent $1,994.86 as of Oct. 5, according to Fort. A large majority of that — $1,572.71 — was paid to D*Signs of Twisp for campaign signs.
Nations said his campaign had spent “less than $2,000” as of Sept. 30, or about as much as he had raised by that date. Signs were a significant part of Nations’ campaign costs, but he did not provide a list of expenses.
The Methow Valley News asked for detailed financial information from all of the Twisp candidates. People running for any office in the Methow Valley are not required to report their campaign finances to the state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) unless they raise more than $5,000. All candidates in Twisp said they would not exceed that amount.
Figures for the Fire District 6 candidates were found on the PDC website. Brandenburg had received $10,916.59 in contributions as of Thursday. Doran, who filed with the PDC because he thought he might exceed $5,000, had raised $4,782.64.