Myrin, Ireland hold similar cash amounts |

Myrin, Ireland hold similar cash amounts

Staff report

The two candidates vying for the final open Aspen City Council seat in a June 2 runoff hold similar amounts of cash, the latest campaign finance report showed Tuesday.

Political activist Bert Myrin reported having $1,591 on hand, while opponent Mick Ireland, a former Aspen mayor and Pitkin County commissioner, listed $1,777 in campaign funds through Thursday.

In a filing prepared by Stephen Goldenberg, Myrin reported zero contributions and zero expenses for the filing period, May 2 through Thursday. Ireland also reported zero contributions and zero expenses for the same time period, though he also recorded $550 in contributions this week.

Ireland’s listed contributions, which were not required for this filing period, included $200 from former Mayor Bill Stirling, $200 from photographer Sarah Diamond, $100 from Commissioner Rachel Richards and $50 from Lyndee Dean. Ireland said Tuesday that he has since spent some of the funds on printer cartridges and postage.

Attorney Cavanaugh O’Leary prepared Ireland’s filing. O’Leary, Myrin and Ireland were all vocal supporters for Referendum 1 leading up to the May 5 election. The Home Rule Charter amendment, which passed with 53.2 percent support from Aspen voters, went into effect Thursday, when the city certified election results.

Official results show that Myrin earned 994 votes, which were 10 short of the threshold required to win a council seat. Councilman Adam Frisch was the only candidate to clear that hurdle, winning 1,208 votes. Ireland finished third with 813 votes.

The city will begin mailing runoff ballots Friday. Early voting starts May 18 at the City Clerk’s Office.