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Hershey tops field in contributions

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

City Councilman Tony Hershey has raised the largest war chest of the campaign season thus far – reporting nearly $11,000 in contributions to support his re-election bid.

The first round of reports on campaign contributions and expenditures was due Tuesday at City Hall. The Committee to Re-elect Hershey has raised by far the most among the nine candidates running for two seats on the Aspen City Council. He reported collecting $10,750 from 80 separate donors and expenditures of $3,216.

Both Hershey and Councilman Tom McCabe reported contributions of $250 each from two individuals associated with the Obermeyer Place redevelopment, which the council approved unanimously on Monday. Klaus Obermeyer and Tim Belinski, chief financial officer for Sport Obermeyer, both contributed to the campaigns of the two councilmen, though neither McCabe nor Hershey disclosed the contributions before voting on the Obermeyer development application this week.

Fellow Councilman Tim Semrau donated $200 to the campaigns of both Hershey and McCabe, as well as to Mayor Helen Klanderud’s committee.

Klanderud raised $3,344 and spent $2,654 in the first reporting period. Councilman Terry Paulson, challenging Klanderud for the mayor’s post, reported raising $450 – he contributed $200 and his treasurer, Lenir Drake, gave $250. He reported no expenditures. Mayoral candidate Andrew Kole did not file a report.

In the council race, the Friends of Rachel Richards has raised $6,465 from 63 separate contributors and has spent $3,785 in the campaign thus far.

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Candidate Tom Peirce has taken in $4,890 in contributions and spent $3,454.

McCabe’s campaign committee has collected $3,341 and spent $1,771.

The Committee to Elect Cliff Weiss raised $950 and spent $36; Pepper Gomes has collected $420 and spent about $36; and Torre has collected $320 and spent $225.

Council candidates Vitashka Kirshen and Lisa Markalunas reported no contributions, though Markalunas has spent $173 of her own money on her campaign and Kirshen has spent about $26 on hers.