Pro-Burlingame forces raise more than opponents
Burlingame Ranch affordable housing supporters have outspent project opponents 15 to 1 so far, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday.The Zoline Family Ranch Issue Committee and HOPE have received a total of $23,108 in donations, according to the reports. Burlingame foes have formed the group Citizens for Smarter Housing and Responsible Planning, which took in a total of $1,300 from March 21 to April 12.The Burlingame housing project, which would result in more than 200 units of affordable housing and free-market development near the Maroon Creek Club, will be decided by voters on May 3. Proponents say the affordable housing project will provide residences that will help retain the town’s work force and cut commute times; critics call the project wrong for Aspen and contend the development will lead to sprawl. The Zoline committee spent nearly all of its $17,308 campaign chest contracting with Project West, an Aspen advertising firm. Boogie’s donated $1,000 to HOPE, which took in a total of $5,800 and spent $2,216. The groups gave GrassRoots TV a combined $555 for TV programming and videotape, the expenditure reports say.Citizens for Smarter Housing received $250 from outspoken Burlingame opponent Dwight Shellman. Anna Dulaney of Aspen gave the group its largest donation at $500. The campaign spent $925 at the post office on stamps.In the mayoral race, incumbent Helen Klanderud has by far taken in the most money so far. She has received $4,368 in donations, including $2,000 of her own money, and spent $2,705. Councilman Torre took in $1,463 and spent $851. The other mayoral contenders, Councilman Terry Paulson and Bert Myrin, reported no donations or expenditures.The spending of those vying for two City Council seats also varied widely. Local biologist Dee Malone received $3,855 and spent $2,889; J.E. DeVilbiss, a retired judge, received $2,870 and spent $2,426; Andrew Kole took in $1,500 and had $813 in expenditures; longtime Aspenite Cliff Weiss received $875 and spent the same amount; and Jack Johnson took in $750 and spent $675. Council candidates Pepper Gomes and Marcia Goshorn reported no donations or spending.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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