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Ittner leads Clapper in campaign fundraising

Michael McLaughlin
The Aspen Times

Incumbent Pitkin County Commissioner Rob Ittner continues to lead challenger Patti Clapper in campaign contributions as the two candidates seek the District 1 seat in Tuesday's election.

Ittner, who is running unaffiliated, submitted his report of contributions and expenditures with the Pitkin County clerk and recorder Friday. He raised $2,275 during the latest reporting period that ran from Oct. 10 through Oct. 26, nearly $1,200 more than Clapper, the Democratic candidate.

Clapper, who reported her contributions Wednesday, raised $1,095 in the same period.

Since July 20, Ittner has raised $8,475, compared with $6,315 by Clapper.

Both candidates spent more than half of their funds in the past period. Clapper spent $3,772.89 on mailing expenses, with $3,623.93 going to Gran Farnum Printing and Publishing in Glenwood Springs and $148.96 going to the U.S. Postal Service.

Ittner spent $5,643.87 in the same period, with $4,129.97 going to the Aspen Daily News for print ads, along with $495 going to radio station KSPN and $1,000 to radio station KSNO for advertising. Ittner also spent $18.90 with PayPal for credit-card processing.

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Clapper's contributors included Camilla Auger, the former chairwoman for the Pitkin County Democratic Party ($350), architect Michael Augello ($250) and County Commissioner Steve Child ($50).

"I could see Patti was behind in the contributions," Child said. "I wanted to make this as even a race as possible, so I contributed to her war chest so she would have more money for ad time. I'm not publicly supporting either candidate, but I am a Democrat and just wanted to see the contributions a little more even."

Ittner's top contributors during this past cycle include David Starensier, the president of All Star Media ($500), and Bruce Etkin, the chairman of Etkin Johnson real estate partners ($500).

Don't be surprised if you hear support for both Clapper and Ittner at the home of Warren and Kathy Klug. Kathy Klug recently signed a public petition supporting Clapper, while Warren Klug made a $50 contribution to the Ittner campaign.

"I signed her petition because she did serve the county well and long," Kathy Klug said. "The Clapper family has been a big part of this community. In honor of her service, I signed her petition. The Clappers have done a lot in this valley. Patti served honorably; anybody who says otherwise is not telling you the truth."

Warren Klug said he's supporting Ittner because he represents business interests in Aspen.

"I think he's done a good job," Warren Klug said. "I don't agree with everyone over there all the time, including Rob, but because of his business concerns and his experience in the business arena, it's important to have him back on the board. I don't dislike Patti; I'd be happy to have her back, as well, but you have to choose one or the other. I'm happy to support Rob. I think he's been a real asset for the county commissioners and our community. He brings a little different perspective than some of the people there, and that's a positive thing."

mmclaughlin@aspentimes.com