The candidates for Douglas County sheriff are running neck-and-neck on the money trail.
Republican Rick Trapp and Independent Ron Wilson raised and spent about the same amount between July 21 and Oct. 26, according to documents filed Monday with the Douglas County Clerk.
Trapp started out with $2,113.09, received $2,943 and spent $4,378.16. Wilson started with $1,877.15, raised $3,050 and spent $4,136.35.
These numbers might come as a surprise to people on both sides who assumed Trapp had a superior war chest and backing from high-ranking Douglas County civil and law enforcement officials.
But Trapp said the numbers weren't too unexpected.
"I'm not particularly surprised, because Ron's worked hard and run a good campaign," he said.
Wilson was unavailable for comment.
The two even had about the same number of large contributors, with 14 people giving $100 or more to Wilson's campaign and 15 people donating that amount to Trapp's campaign although Trapp's figure includes the $266.80 contribution of sign-making materials from Bill Shepard, a Douglas County Sheriff's captain who would serve as Trapp's undersheriff.
Trapp's campaign kept a more meticulous accounting of contributions, listing every check all the way down to a $5 one. Although less detailed, Wilson's campaign obeyed Kansas finance laws, reporting only contributions above $50.
Wilson had more corporate support, receiving $1,150 from seven businesses, with the bulk two donations of $200 each coming from Randy Sledd through his Lawrence Body Shop Inc., 501 Mich. Trapp received a $150 in-kind donation from Classic Eagle Distributing, 801 E. Ninth St.
Trapp also received a $100 check from the Republican Party. Wilson, running independently, received no party support.