Bolack outspends Ferrari in Republican primary for county sheriff

Candidates focus on advertisements leading up to the primary election

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Tommy Bolack continues to outspend his opponent in the Republican San Juan County Sheriff primary race.

Bolack’s self-funded campaign has spent nearly $30,000 more than Shane Ferrari’s campaign during the second primary reporting period.

Bolack reported spending $44,155.71 in the second primary reporting period, which stretched from April 3 to May 7. In contrast, Ferrari spent $14,768.42 during that same time.

Tommy Bolack of Farmington plans to challenge current Undersheriff Shane Ferrari in the race for San Juan County Sheriff.
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Tommy Bolack of Farmington, photographed at his home Monday, plans to challenge current Undersheriff Shane Ferrari in the race for San Juan County Sheriff.

The campaign finance reports for the second primary reporting period were due Monday. The primary election is held on June 5.

The race for the Republican nomination for Sheriff has more money attached to it than the other local primary elections.

Bolack's self-funded campaign outpaces Ferrari

Ferrari currently serves as undersheriff for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office. Bolack has previously served as a volunteer special deputy.

Sheriff Ken Christesen is not eligible to run for reelection because sheriffs can only serve two consecutive terms.

Since the two candidates began campaigning, they have spent a combined $134,161.78.

Shane Ferrari stands next to campaign signs, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at McGee Park in Farmington. Ferrari is running for San Juan County Sheriff.

Bolack is the top spending sheriff candidate in the state leading into the primary elections.

There is no Democratic Party candidate, but former Bloomfield Police Chief Mike Kovacs, who ran for Sheriff in 2014, has been campaigning as an independent candidate. Kovacs cannot file candidacy paperwork until after the primary elections.

The winner of the Republican primary will likely face independent candidates like Kovacs during the November general elections.

Bolack has donated about $125,000 to his campaign for Sheriff since April, according to finance reports filed Monday.

That money has been used to pay for television and radio advertisements.

Bolack will face Shane Ferrari for sheriff

According to his campaign finance reports, Bolack spent $25,000 in early April on radio ads through Flex Point Media, Inc., an advertising group based out of New Albany, Ohio. He also paid the company $12,000 on April 18 for radio ads.

Meanwhile, Ferrari has raised less than $25,000 since April 3 for his campaign.

Some of Ferrari’s biggest donors have been an oil field company and a car dealership.

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Ferrari has also spent thousands of dollars on advertising. He paid Farmington-based I Heart Media more than $5,300 to air radio ads. Ferrari has also paid KPCL radio in Farmington more than $1,600 for radio advertising. He paid Winston Road Broadcasting, based out of Pleasantville, New York, more than $5,200 for advertising.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at