Aspen mayoral candidates raise modest amounts in first week of runoff campaign
Aspen mayoral candidate Torre raised almost $500 more than his opponent, Ann Mullins, during the first reporting period in the April 2 runoff election.
Since the two candidates received the most votes in last week’s municipal election but failed to get 50 percent of the vote plus one, they have been on the campaign trail vying for the top elected post in City Hall.
Torre raised $1,968 and Mullins raised $1,490 since March 6, the day after Election Day, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.
City Clerk Linda Manning said the runoff is treated as a new election, so supporters of both candidates can contribute to them again, up to the $250 limit.
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While it may be a new election, Torre and Mullin’s bid for mayor so far has amounted to a $8,633 and $15,335 campaign for the candidates, respectively, according to records filed with City Hall.
Former mayoral candidate Adam Frisch, who came in third, had amassed just over $16,000 in his campaign war chest.
In the latest filings for the runoff, Torre had 13 contributions ranging from $20 to $250. Some came from individuals who live out of state, such as California and Washington, D.C.
He spent $907 as of Tuesday on printing for stickers and postcards and newspaper advertising.
Mullins also had 13 contributions, with some from individuals from Denver, Houston, Basalt and Carbondale.
She has spent $465 on printing.
Locally, Lift One Lodge developer Aaron Brown gave $250 to Mullins and $100 came from Jason Bradshaw, who is a developer with Aspen Housing Partners LLC, which is building workforce housing with the city.
Ballots are being printed and should be dropped in the mail Friday, so voters should be seeing them in their mailboxes early next week.
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