County candidates file financial reports
November 4, 2002
Candidates for county offices turned in their final reports of campaign contributions on Friday for the second half of October.Current Pitkin County Commissioner Patti Clapper is running for re-election in District 1, and campaign committee “Community for Clapper” reported receiving $800 in donations from supporters like Aspen City Councilman Tony Hershey.Clapper reported spending $2,080, including contributions from the first half of the month, on campaign advertising.Clapper’s challenger, real estate broker and former ski instructor Tim Mooney, raised $2,100 during the county’s second reporting period. Contributors include a $500 donation from actor Don Johnson, and another $500 from New York City resident Ted Forstmann, a senior founding partner with private investment firm Forstmann Little & Co.Along with contributions from the first reporting period, Mooney reported spending $2,358 on newspaper ads and mailings.Current Pitkin County Commissioner Mick Ireland is running for re-election against Ramon Duvernay, although the challenger was hospitalized last spring after suffering two strokes. Duvernay is currently being cared for by his parents in Washington, D.C., and did not turn in a report on his campaign fund-raising or expenditures.According to his own report, Ireland raised $1,050 during this reporting period. His supporters include current Commissioner Jack Hatfield, Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder Silvia Davis, and former County Commissioner Leslie Lamont.Ireland also reported spending $435 on campaign promotions like radio ads with KSNO.County Clerk and Recorder Silvia Davis, County Assessor Tom Isaac, and Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis are all running for re-election this fall. All three are running unopposed and turned in expenditure statements that reported they have neither raised nor spent any funds during their respective campaigns.There are two election committees that turned in campaign spending reports for issues on the county ballot. “Helping from the Heart,” a committee campaigning for the passage of the county’s Referendum 1A, to authorize spending $800,000 of 2002 property tax revenues for local nonprofits, collected $2,356 during the second reporting period.”Helping from the Heart” contributors include County Assessor Tom Isaac, Commissioner Mick Ireland and former Aspen Mayor Eve Homeyer. The committee spent $3,011 on advertising, printing and postage costs during the second half of October.Former Aspen Mayor Rachel Richards also reported raising $100 of in-kind contributions as part of “Pitkin Moves!,” a group in favor of the modified direct alignment for the Entrance to Aspen project. She, former mayoral candidate Charlie Tarver and Mick Ireland donated the money that was used to purchase stamps, envelopes and stationery.