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Carbondale candidates rely on early funds

Ryan Summerlin
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Campaign spending has stayed strong while fundraising has slowed in the campaigns for the Carbondale trustee candidates and the pro climate action tax committee.

Climate Action Yes remains the biggest fundraiser and spender compared with any single candidate for the three open trustee seats.

In total, candidate and committee supporters have contributed $6,949, and the campaigns have collectively spent $8,044, according to the most up-to-date reports. Campaign finance reports for candidates Wayne Horak and Marty Silverstein were not made available by the 5 p.m. deadline Friday.

During the first campaign finance reporting period, the candidates and committee spent $4,108, and in the more recent period they collectively spent $3,936.

Climate Action Yes, the political committee in support of the proposed carbon tax that would uniformly increase utility bills in support of clean energy projects in town, has raised a total of $3,060 and spent $2,271. In the past two-and-a-half weeks alone the committee spent $1,445.

Campaign fundraising slowed during the second campaign finance reporting period, which covered March 15 to April 1, but spending stayed relatively strong.

To date, only three candidates have actively raised money for their campaigns. And they’ve largely relied on the funds they raised early in the campaign race rather than continue to raise more.

Dan Richardson raised the most of any candidate, having pulled in $1,915 so far. Behind him are Ben Bohmfalk at $1,174 and, based on his previous report, Marty Silverstein at $800.

Patricia Warman has stuck by her strategy of neither raising nor spending any money.

Incumbent Allyn Harvey and Michael Durant have only spent their own money on their campaigns. So far, Harvey has spent just under $890, and Durant has spent slightly less than $680.

Though Durant’s most recent financial activity was unavailable, he too was using his own money, spending a little more that $183 as of the first finance reports.


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