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Pros outspend cons on Pitkin County library campaign

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Pro-expansion forces have far outspent the group campaigning against Nov. 6 ballot measures associated with expansion of the Pitkin County Library, while candidate John B. Young outspent Steve Child by a small margin in recent campaigning for the District 4 county commissioner seat.

Of the two candidates, Young has the larger war chest going into the final weeks of the campaign.

Two issue committees that are campaigning either for or against expansion of the Pitkin County Library have registered with the Colorado secretary of state.

Questions 5A and 5B on the ballot in Pitkin County pose tax and debt questions related to expansion of the library and an extensive remodeling of the facility.

The group called Yes to Our Library, supporting the measures, reported $4,750 in contributions and expenditures of $2,818.73, leaving it with $1,931.27 to spend. The report, filed Tuesday, covered the period from July 22 to Oct. 11.

The pro-expansion forces reported 44 contributors, including library Director Kathy Chandler and Pitkin County Commissioners George Newman and Rachel Richards. In addition, local architect Willis Pember and Denver firm Humphries Poli Architects each made $500 contributions – the largest reported. They have provided architectural services to the project to date.

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The group that calls itself Save Our Library and Civic Plaza, opposing questions 5A and 5B, has raised $1,236, according to Junee Kirk, its registered agent. Kirk said Tuesday afternoon that she did not have time to file the report on the state’s website, as she was preparing for Tuesday night’s issue forum, hosted by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.

Kirk said the group’s contributions came from 15 individuals and that its expenses amounted to $828.

In the race for the District 4 Pitkin County commissioner seat, Young reported contributions of $5,161 during the period from July 27 to Oct. 12. He had about $154 on hand to start the period, spent $2,974 and has $2,340 remaining as the campaign heads into the final weeks, his report filed with the Pitkin County clerk and recorder indicates.

Child’s report, covering the period from July 22 to Oct. 11, detailed $1,224 in contributions and $2,513 in expenditures. He had $1,684 on hand at the start of the reporting period and close to $400 remaining in unspent funds at the end.

No incumbent is running in District 4, where Commissioner Jack Hatfield will be forced out by term limits. Running unopposed for re-election in November are incumbents Michael Owsley and George Newman.

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