John B. Young has raised far more money than the three other candidates for an open seat on the board of Pitkin County commissioners, according to campaign finance reports filed last week.
Young, a developer and one-time Snowmass Village town manager, reported raising $2,381 in the opening months of the county campaign. While it’s a relatively modest sum, it’s more than twice the bankroll of the nearest candidate — Snowmass Village Town Councilman John Wilkinson’s family financed $1,100.
Former Aspen fire chief Darryl Grob raised $920.01, while rancher Steve Child raised $500.
The reports include campaign donations and expenditures through June 5. It’s the only campaign finance filing before the June 26 primary, when the field will be narrowed to two.
Young’s haul came from 25 different donors, including $50 contributions from former Aspen school board member Laura Kornasiewicz, and from James DeFrancia, who was appointed receiver for the Base Village development while it was in foreclosure.
The race is for Commissioner District 4, which includes Old Snowmass and Snowmass Village, though all county voters are eligible to cast ballots in the election.
Young, who lives in the Gateway subdivision in Snowmass, also spent the most money out of the candidates, reporting $1,567.68 in expenditures. Young’s money went primarily toward obtaining county voter lists, making professional lawn signs and advertising.
Wilkinson’s $1,100 total came from three family donations, including himself and his wife, who gave the county maximum of $500. He reported spending all but $26.17 of it on printing campaign materials.
Grob’s total came from 10 different donors, including himself and former Aspen city councilman and Related Colorado president Dwayne Romero. Romero, also a board member for the Aspen fire district, is serving on a board of campaign advisors for the former fire chief.
“We’ve developed a budget that sees us through the primary,” Grob said last week. “But I’m not looking to raise more than that.”
Grob reported spending less than $5 so far.
Child’s donations came from four different individuals, including himself. He reported spending $116.61 of it on printing and postage costs. A mailer he sent last week asked for more financial support.