Cash pouring in for Democratic challenger

Democrats and others eager to defeat Republican Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis have thrown their financial weight behind Democrat Dan Robinson, giving him more than $26,000 between the first week of September and the first week of October.

According to Robinson’s recently filed financial disclosure, the former prosecutor and board of education member used his flush campaign account to buy more than $14,000 on radio advertising.

“Getting the message out is half the battle,” Robinson said. “The more I get a chance to talk with people, the more likely they are to vote for me.”

He said he will start running an ad in the Grand Junction cable market this week.

Robinson’s donors include Phil Bourassa, a wealthy Mesa businessman who largely funded Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland’s unsuccessful primary opponent. Bourassa reportedly gave Robinson $5,000 in late September.

“I don’t care if he raises $100,000,” Meis said. “It’s not going to get him elected.”

Meis reported raising $825 and spending $1,078 during the same period.

“I’ve raised what I feel I need to raise to win and to meet that goal,” he said.

Meis, who spent no money on advertising during the period covered by his disclosure, has been running ads on local TV since late September, according to Comcast.

In Mesa County’s other commissioner race, Republican incumbent Janet Rowland reported raising $3,528 and spending $5,368, including $1,487 on advertising, between Sept. 7 and Oct. 9. Democrat
Dickie Lewis reported taking in $3,527 and spending $4,786 during the same period.


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