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Whitsitt, Stevens spend $16,000 in Basalt mayoral race

Scott Condon
The Aspen Times
Rick Stevens

Basalt’s two mayoral candidates combined to spend $15,980 in the April 5 election, making it the mostly costly race in the town’s history.

Incumbent Jacque Whitsitt spent $8,957.05 in the race. She raised $10,032.19 in contributions, so she exited the campaign with $1,075.14 left over.

Challenger Rick Stevens spent $7,022.95. He raised $6,845.15, so he ended the campaign $177.80 in debt.

The figures are from the campaign finance reports the candidates had to submit by Thursday, one month after the election.

Whitsitt spend about $3,000 in her 2012 mayoral bid, while her opponent spent only about $100. Leroy Duroux and Stevens won the mayoral races in the previous four elections — covering 16 years — and didn’t collect or spend significant funds on their campaigns.

Both Whitsitt and Stevens previously said this race was different and they felt they needed to raise funds to keep up with the Joneses.

The final vote tally was 561 votes for Whitsitt and 538 for Stevens. When looking at their total expenditures and votes, Whitsitt spend $15.96 per vote she received, while Stevens spent $13.05.

Campaign spending wasn’t nearly as intense in the at-large race among six candidates for three council seats. Candidates Auden Schendler, Rob Leavitt, Leroy Duroux and Herschel Ross didn’t accept contributions and spent little or no money on their campaign. Schendler was the only one of the four to win selection.

The other two winners, Katie Schwoerer and Jennifer Riffle, collected and spent modest amounts of funds. Schwoerer’s report showed she collected $1,047.39 in contributions and spent it all.

Riffle’s report wasn’t immediately available Thursday. Her previous report April 1 showed she had collected $1,594 and spent $1,088.71 at that point.

Whitsitt said she doesn’t know what she will do with her remaining campaign funds. There are rules on how they can be spent, so she said she will review those before making a decision.

Whitsitt said a party she threw for her supporters at a Basalt restaurant was covered by private funds, not campaign funds.

Neither mayoral candidate collected many funds in the waning days of the campaign, but a significant amount of spending came after March 28. Whitsitt’s report showed she spent $5,488.19 in late March and April.

Following is the list of contributors for each candidate that accepted donations. The donor is from Basalt unless otherwise noted. The most recent donors are listed first.

Contributors to Jacque Whitsitt:

Walter Scott, $300; Karin Teague, $50; Kathy Chandler-Henry, Eagle, $50; David Lambert, $1,000; Helen Zeughauser, $25; Margot Pendleton, $100; Virginia Parker, $100; Jack Saunders, Leadville, $50; Sue Mozian, $50; Doug MacDonald, $500; Anne Freedman, Titon Falls, New Jersey, two contributions for $250 each; Brian Levengood, Cheyenne, Wyoming, $100; Royal Laybourn, $200; Patrice Becker, $50; Roger Adams, $150; George Frank, $50; Brenda Stern, $50; Mark Harvey, $50; Ken Ransford, $250; Mark Kwiecienski, $100; Rachel Richards, Aspen, $75; Andy Wiessner, Snowmass, $50; Sue Mozian, $100; Bob Young, Glenwood Springs, $200; Jennifer Riffle, $50; Gerald Terwilliger, $200; Lynn Nichols, $100; Patrick Hunter, Carbondale, $50; Cathy Click, $250; Jonathan and Lisa Lowsky, $25; Jim Newsome, $5,000; and Debra Smith, $75.

Contributors to Rick Stevens:

Clay Crossland, two contributions of $250; Margaret Hampelman, $500; Three Bears Building, $300; Stacey Craft, $236; Ted Borchelt, $200; Stan Gertzbein, $200; Gayle Waterman, $250; Andrew Hollenbach, $200; Howard Cohen, $1,000; Tracy Bennett, $139; John McMahon, $250; Donna Rossetti, $250; John “Larry” Yaw, $250; Cil Klamper, $250; Steve Chase, $239; Chris Henderson, Glenwood Springs, $230; and Michael Latousek, $250.

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