Myrin leads Ireland in Aspen City Council race campaign spending |

Myrin leads Ireland in Aspen City Council race campaign spending

Staff report
Mick Ireland, left, and Bert Myrin.

The city’s latest campaign-spending report, filed Friday, shows Bert Myrin leading opponent Mick Ireland in fundraising by nearly a third in their race for an open Aspen City Council seat.

Myrin reported raising $2,108 through Friday, while Ireland reported $1,207 through the same period. Myrin has $1,261 left to spend, and Ireland reported having $1,144 in hand. Candidates can donate leftover cash to a separate campaign or charity.

In the May 5 election, both Myrin and Ireland finished behind incumbent Councilman Adam Frisch, with Myrin falling 10 votes short of winning outright. Myrin earned 994 votes, while Ireland recorded 813. As of 4 p.m. Friday, city Clerk Linda Manning had recorded 1,414 ballots for Tuesday’s runoff election.

Since 2001, when Aspen’s voting process began employing runoff voting, a third-place finisher has never beaten a second-place finisher in a council runoff. In 2003, second-place finisher Torre beat out Tony Hershey; in 2005, Jack Johnson beat out Dee Malone; and in 2007, Steve Skadron beat out Toni Kronberg.

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at City Hall. Voting will expand on election day Tuesday, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall and the Red Brick.