DiSalvo far ahead of Leonard in spending and contributions

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Joe DiSalvo is far ahead of opponent Rick Leonard in campaign contributions and spending in the race for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s seat, according to campaign finance reports filed on Thursday.

Thursday was the deadline for campaigns to file expenditure reports.

DiSalvo brought in $3,300 to add to a surplus of $3,410 he had at the beginning of the reporting period, which began on Aug. 2. But he spent $8,099, meaning his campaign account was $1,388 in the red.

Dwight Shellman III, Pitkin County’s election manager, said a negative account balance is not unusual and that it probably reflects the timing of the report deadline.

“[DiSalvo] wrote checks to vendors or suppliers before the close of the reporting period, and then made up the deficiency with contributions that came in after the reporting period,” Shellman said in an e-mail.

The largest expenditure on DiSalvo’s list was a $4,624 expense on campaign T-shirts he bought from Corporate Images of Denver.

Leonard garnered $550 in contributions to add to his surplus of $2,063. After spending $1,328, Leonard had $1,285 left in his campaign account.

In the county commissioner race, Jack Johnson reported contributions of $1,913, bringing his surplus to just more than $2,500 after a sole $35 expense on travel to a campaign stump in the Crystal River Valley.

Commissioner candidate Rob Ittner had not filed his report by press time.