It takes a war chest to win.
To become Missoula's new sheriff, T.J. McDermott raised an estimated $80,500, according to campaign finance reports. The amount covers the hotly contested primary against Josh Clark and Bob Parcell, as well as the general election, where he faced Clark as a write-in.
The amount includes some $48,000 McDermott loaned himself; the loan was outstanding as of the last report the Democrat filed on Oct. 18. McDermott did not return calls for comment Tuesday.
Newly elected candidates were sworn in Tuesday at the county's administrative offices. Their oaths of office take effect Jan. 1, and they are expected to start their new jobs Friday.
To secure her seat as Missoula County attorney, Kirsten Pabst pulled in some $29,000. She beat another Democrat in the primary and ran uncontested in the general election. Pabst loaned her campaign $2,500, all of which she was able to repay.
Marie Andersen raised roughly $58,800 to get sworn in as justice of the peace, according to finance reports. She came out ahead in a field of five candidates in the primary, then won in the general in a race between the top two vote-getters.
She loaned her campaign $40,000 for the nonpartisan battle, and it appeared some $25,000 remained unpaid as of Nov. 24. Andersen did not return calls for comment Tuesday afternoon.
Cola Rowley brought in an estimated $20,000 to best a Republican in the race for Missoula County commissioner. The amount includes loans of $5,500 to herself, of which the Democrat repaid $1,039.
Unopposed for clerk and recorder/treasurer, Tyler Gernant raised $840 in the general election. He spent the money on his filing fee and yard signs.