Silt candidates report nearly $720 in spending so far |

Silt candidates report nearly $720 in spending so far

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT, Colorado – The eight candidates running for election to the board of trustees here have raised and/or spent a total of nearly $720, according to reports filed with the city clerk’s office.

Six people are running for election as trustees, and two are vying against each other for the mayor’s job, in a mail-in-only election that culminates on April 6.

The exact amount either raised or spent by the end of the first reporting period, according to campaign spending reports filed as of the March 16 deadline for the first filing period, was $719.81.

Two filing periods remain. The second ends on April 2 and the final report is due on May 6, 30 days after the election.

Of the total filed so far, $200 was reported in the campaign war chest of the Save Our Silt slate, which on March 5 registered with the town as a “candidate committee” with Republican Paul Taylor named as both the registered agent of the SOS committee and as the candidate.

Taylor reported that the $200 came as contributions from two people, Mona and Howard Moyer of Silt Mesa, who each gave $100.

Also on the SOS slate, according to public statements, are incumbent Mayor Dave Moore, running for his second term; along with Bryan Fleming and Rick Aluise, both running for trustee positions.

But Aluise, Fleming and Moore filed candidate statements indicating they “do not have a campaign committee and have not received contributions or made expenditures,” according to the text of the form, which is available at Town Hall.

According to the forms filed by the four SOS candidates, none of them had spent any money as of March 16.

Taylor, contacted for a story about a political mailing by the group, told the Post Independent that each of the four SOS candidates will be paying his own campaign expenses.

Another slate of candidates, informally dubbed the Sensible Solutions for Silt early in the election cycle, includes incumbent trustee Meredith Robinson, running for mayor, and another incumbent trustee, Bobby Hays, running for re-election. The slate also includes Mark Rinehart and Bob Shivley.

Each of the members of the Solutions slate filed forms stating they are not formally part of any slate and that they have spent only their own personal funds as of March 16.

Hays, according to his form, has paid out a total of $133.76 for printing services and ink for a printer, on March 5 and March 6.

Rinehart reported spending $73.32 for copies of a political flier, on March 16.

Robinson reported spending $72.74 for paper and ink, and for a list of registered voters purchased from Garfield County.

The big spender of the Solutions group was Bob Shivley, who reported spending $267.58 for campaign fliers, on March 2, 5 and 15.

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