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Workman Retains Large Lead in Campaign Contributions

Workman Retains Large Lead in Campaign Contributions

Posted - Sep. 16, 2004 at 11:28 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Nancy Workman is winning one race.

The embattled Salt Lake County mayor, who is on paid administrative leave after being charged with two felony counts of misusing public funds, is still outgaining her opponents in campaign contributions in her bid for re-election.

Workman reported Tuesday that she's had total contributions of $819,827, and still has $229,622 in the bank.

Peter Corroon, the Democratic challenger, has taken in $213,519 and has $76,214 left. Independent candidate Merrill Cook has raised $21,723.

Green Party's Diana Lee Hirschi, who has withdrawn from the race, took in $3,500 in the last three months and spent $2,515.

Personal Choice Party challenger F. Joseph Irish has filed to run as a small-budget campaign, meaning he doesn't have to file disclosures unless he raises or spends more than $2,000.

A bipartisan panel of county attorneys determined there was sufficient evidence to charge Workman with the felonies for allegedly diverting about $17,000 in county health department funds to a nonprofit organization where her daughter is a top officer.

Salt Lake County District Attorney David Yocom filed the charges, but then appointed private attorney Michael Martinez as a special prosecutor this week. He said he had to bring in someone from outside his office to prosecute after Workman alleged he was playing politics with the case.

Workman faces an Oct. 4 preliminary hearing.

Yocom donated $100 to the Corroon campaign, but that was matched by Workman's new private attorney, Greg Skordas, who is also the Democratic candidate for Utah attorney general.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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