Bolack dwarfs Ferrari on sheriff campaign spending

Both candidates focus efforts on advertising

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Tommy Bolack

FARMINGTON — Tommy Bolack and Shane Ferrari, the two candidates seeking the Republican nomination for San Juan County sheriff, have continued their focus on campaign advertisements as Tuesday's primary election approaches.

The third primary campaign finance reports were due Thursday. The reports cover expenses and contributions from May 8-29.

Bolack gave himself $30,000 this reporting period and spent about $142,240. He has spent a more than $247,000 since he launched his campaign.

He paid a campaign consulting firm in Florida nearly $50,000 and spent $87,000 on radio and cable TV advertisements.

Shane Ferrari

Ferrari received a little more than $5,000 in contributions and spent $2,638. His largest expense was $1,637 to The Daily Times for advertisements.

Ferrari said Bolack has spent nearly $250,000 in an attempt to buy the position. In contrast, Ferrari said he has spent 20 years in law enforcement preparing to be sheriff.

“This election is about experience, and that’s one thing Tommy can’t buy,” he said.

Bolack said he is not buying votes.

“I’ve outspent him because I do have the resources,” Bolack said.

Bolack has self-funded his entire campaign.

“Money’s tight for a lot of people,” he said.

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