Romero leads in council race
Adam Frisch and Maurice Emmer are outpacing their mayoral-field opponents in fundraising for the May 7 election, while there is relative parity among three of the four Aspen City Council candidates.
The first campaign finance reports, due Tuesday by 5 p.m., were for contributions and expenditures through April 11. Candidates must report all contributions and expenditures of more than $20, according to city rules. Candidates will file one more fundraising report before the election. If a runoff is needed in early June, it will count as a new election for fundraising purposes.
Frisch, a current city councilman, raised $9,775 and spent $9,556, including a $5,067 ad buy with the Aspen Daily News, and $3,420 for orange reusable grocery bags. His donors include Aspen Institute moderator and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Ken Adelman, who gave $100, and Aspen Art Museum underwriter Nancy Magoon, who gave the maximum of $250.
Emmer raised $8,275, but he also loaned himself $12,260, meaning he had $20,535 at his disposal. His donors include blogger Elizabeth Milias and Aspen Times columnist Charlie Leonard, both of whom gave the $250 maximum. Emmer spent $13,870, including $5,375 to Post Time Media — a company run by former local columnist and radio host Michael Conniff — for marketing services, and $6,665 to Inga Lark for campaign consulting and materials. He also repaid $1,184 in loans.
Current councilman and mayoral candidate Derek Johnson raised $4,307 — including $39 worth of contributions that were under $20 — and spent $1,685. He also received a $355 in-kind donation from the Hickory House restaurant, which hosted a campaign event. His donors include Belly Up nightclub owner Michael Goldberg, who gave $250, and Aspen Art Museum director Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, who gave $99.
Current councilman and mayoral candidate Steve Skadron raised $3,375, and had $3,046 left over from his last campaign in 2011, giving him $6,421 in funding. His donors include Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland, who gave $25, and Airport Business Center developer John McBride, who gave $100. Skadron spent $3,338.
Current councilman and mayoral candidate Torre raised $2,419 — including a contribution of $19 from an unidentified source — and loaned himself $3,000. He also had $26 left over from a previous campaign, giving him $5,472 in total funds. He spent $4,213. His donors include ski instructor Tim Mooney and yoga teacher Gina Murdock, both of whom gave $250.
Mayoral candidate L.J. Erspamer raised $300, and gave himself a $2,000 loan. He spent $300.
Dwayne Romero leads the four council candidates running for two open seats in fundraising. Romero raised $3,845, including a $250 in-kind donation from BB’s Kitchen for a campaign event. His donors include former Aspen Mayor Helen Klanderud, who gave $250, and Al White, the director of the state’s Colorado Tourism Office, who gave $100. Romero spent $2,594.
Council candidate Art Daily raised $3,245 and gave himself $2,821, giving him a total bank of $6,066. His donations include $150 from Marilyn Marks, who is engaged in a years-long legal battle with the city related to election records, and $250 from Pitkin County Democratic Party Chair Blanca O’Leary. Daily spent $3,455.
Council candidate Ann Mullins raised $2,679, and spent $4,413, meaning her campaign is $1,743 in the red. Her donors include open space board member Howie Mallory, who gave $75, and former City Council member Jack Johnson, who gave $100.
Council candidate Jon Carlson did not raise or spend any money.