Willman, Wissing lead money race for Glenwood council
The first of two pre-election financial reports required to be filed by Glenwood Springs City Council candidates shows the clear leaders so far in terms of campaign funding.
For the reporting period ending March 13, at-large candidate Charlie Willman led the way among the eight candidates running for three open seats, with more than $6,000 in contributions to his campaign.
Right on his tail is Ward 5 candidate Amber Wissing, who reported $5,923 as of the Tuesday filing deadline, including a $150 contribution from Willman, who apparently hopes to be seated alongside Wissing after the April 4 election.
Willman’s campaign includes $2,000 of his own money. The longtime Glenwood Springs lawyer and former member and chairman of the Downtown Development Authority board is running for the at-large large seat against former council members Shelley Kaup and Rick Davis, and political newcomer Jonathan Gorst, owner of the Riviera Supper Club.
Willman and Wissing both got a big boost from Hotel Denver owners Steve and April Carver, who contributed $1,000 each to the campaigns.
The Glenwood Tramway company, owned by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Iron Mountain Hot Springs owners Steve and Jeanne Beckley, also back the Willman-Wissing duo, contributing $750 to each campaign.
Other notable contributions for Willman came from fellow high school mock trial coaches Vic Zerbi and Tony Hershey, who gave $250 each, and from fellow DDA member Jodie Collins, who also contributed $250.
As of the March 14 filing, Willman had spent $1,532 and still had $4,518 on hand.
Kaup was a distant second in the at-large campaign fundraising, reporting $880 in total contributions, including a $500 donation to herself and numerous individual contributions of $100 or less.
Gorst and Davis reported no contributions, though Gorst did spend $33 of his own money on campaign supplies.
Wissing’s campaign for the Ward 5 seat included a $900 loan from herself. As of the Tuesday filing, she had spent $3,340 and had another $2,583 on hand. Her campaign also included a $500 donation from former City Council member Ted Edmonds.
Ward 5 candidate Jonathan Godes reported total contributions of $2,300, including several contributions of $100 to $250 from family members in Iowa and a $500 contribution from himself. Godes had spent $1,492 and had a little more than $800 on hand.
The other Ward 5 candidate, Don Gillespie, had not taken in any contributions but reported personal expenses totaling a little over $1,000.
The lone candidate in Ward 2, Rick Voorhees, has not taken in or spent any money on his campaign.
Ballots have been mailed to all city voters, but candidates will continue accepting campaign contributions up until the April 4 election. Final pre-election campaign financial reports are due on March 31, with a follow-up report due on May 4.
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