Richards, bidding for seat on council, raises $13,000 |

Richards, bidding for seat on council, raises $13,000

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Former Aspen Mayor Rachel Richards has raised more than $13,000 in her campaign for a council seat.

According to the final campaign spending reports filed Tuesday in the Aspen City Clerk’s office, Richards raised $6,940 during the past two weeks. She raised the most money among candidates, spending $10,725 on newspaper and radio advertisements and mailings.

Councilman Tony Hershey raised $11,175 during his re-election campaign. He raised $10,750 during the first half of his campaign and $425 in the past two weeks. Hershey has spent $10,254 so far on advertising.

Mayor Helen Klanderud raised a total of $8,772 – spending $3,400 of her own money during her re-election effort and $3,119 on advertising. Former council candidate Tom Peirce, who dropped out of the race late last week because of a health emergency, had raised $8,060 during his campaign.

City Councilman Tom McCabe raised $5,126, and council candidate Lisa Markalunas reported raising $2,380 during the last two weeks – she raised no money during the first half of her campaign.

During his own mayoral campaign, Councilman Terry Paulson raised a total of $2,175.

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Cliff Weiss raised $1,900 during his campaign for a seat on the council, and Torre raised $1,540. Pepper Gomes raised a total of $850 during his campaign.

No campaign expenditure reports were required of the Pitkin County Republican Party, which mailed letters in support of Councilman Tony Hershey, nor the Aspen Skiing Co., which endorsed a slate of candidates in a letter it mailed to its employees.

Independent expenditures that are made without the participation of a candidate are a protected First Amendment freedom, explained Kathryn Koch, city clerk. The campaign contribution/spending disclosures required of candidates do not apply, she said.

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