Council candidates disclose final pre-election finances
The Glenwood Springs City Council candidate slate of Charlie Willman and Amber Wissing continued to collect and spend more on their respective campaigns through the second candidate finance reporting period that ended Friday.
However, it was at-large candidate and former council member Shelley Kaup who brought in the most of any candidate in her race during the three-week period since the first financial reports were due.
Kaup reported $1,458 in contributions for the period from March 11-31, which combined with money carried over from the first reporting period gave her $2,144 to spend on political advertising and campaign materials in the final push before ballots were due at the end of the day today.
Among her largest contributors was outgoing Councilor Stephen Bershenyi, whose seat she seeks to fill, who gave $100 to Kaup’s campaign. Other three-figure donations to Kaup’s campaign came from Robin Tolan ($250), and $100 each from Patricia Kramer, Sarah Hess, Ernest Warren, Joani Northrup, John Gorman and Jane Perkins.
Willman, running for the open at-large seat against Kaup, Rick Davis and Jonathan Gorst, reported $1,025 in new contributions. However, with more than $4,500 carried over from the first reporting period, Willman had $5,543 on hand for the final election push.
Notable donors to the Willman campaign for the second reporting period included Doug and Theresa Hayes ($250), and $100 each from the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Judith and Wesley Burke, Sheryl and Ted Doll, Suzanne Stewart and Craig and Pam Willis, according to the campaign disclosure report.
Neither Davis nor Gorst reported any campaign contributions or spending in the at-large race.
In the race for the Ward 5 (south Glenwood area) seat between Wissing, Jonathan Godes and Don “Hooner” Gillespie, Wissing reported another $1,430 in new contributions to her campaign, giving her $4,013 with money carried over from the first reporting period.
Among her donors was Mark Gould of Gould Construction, who contributed $1,000, plus $100 each from Linda McKinley, Stephen Damm, Richard Stewart and Craig Brunton.
Godes took in no new outside contributions during the second reporting period, but did add $250 of his own money to the $808 in money he carried over from the first report, giving him $1,058 for the final election push. Gillespie reported no campaign contributions, but spent another $501 out of pocket on top of the $1,000 he spent during the first period.
Ward 2 candidate Rick Voorhees, who is running unopposed for the West Glenwood neighborhood seat, reported no contributions or spending.
A final campaign finance report is due from each of the City Council candidates on May 4.