Richards leads in the finance race |

Richards leads in the finance race

Allyn Harvey

And the winner is …

Rachel Richards, Tony Hershey and Citizens for Parks and Recreation.

With just a week to go before the municipal elections, mayoral candidate Rachel Richards remains the most able fund-raiser. She has raised $15,970, with $9,685 coming since April 14.

According to Richards’ latest financial disclosure form, she has spent every dollar she has raised. Because the city charter bans donations in the last week before the election, it means she’s probably not going to spend anymore.

Richards is vying to become mayor after two terms on the City Council, but she’s going to have to beat out Helen Klanderud and Bill Stirling – familiar names from the political past – and newcomer Michael O’Sullivan.

Klanderud, a former county commissioner, has raised $6,672 for the campaign and spent $5,369, leaving her just over $1,300 to spend in the days leading up to the election. Stirling, an ex-mayor seeking a return to glory, has raised no money and spent no money.

O’Sullivan, has proven adept at fund-raising as well, garnering $6,399 in contributions. But he’s already spent more than he’s raised, so it appears the newcomer will end the campaign $148 in the hole.

Among the six council candidates, Tony Hershey has raised a total of $4,409, with $1,879 coming in the last two weeks, according to his disclosure form. Going into the final week of the campaign, he has $962 on hand.

Developer Tim Semrau is next with $3,530 in contributions. Semrau, who has spent much of his money mailing flyers to voters, has $530 left for the final week.

Business owner Tom McCabe is not far behind Semrau in the fund-raising race, with $3,390 in contributions. McCabe, a repairman by trade, has so far spent $2,787, leaving him with just over $600 for the final push.

If anyone in the race could be called the “Comeback Kid,” it’s Roger Haneman. At the end of the last reporting period, Haneman had raised a paltry $925 and spent all but $35 of it. Over the last two weeks, however, Haneman’s support has stepped up to the tune of $2,375.

Jake Vickery, the local architect who is seeking a second term on council, has raised a total of $655 for the election, with all of it coming in the last two weeks.

And bringing up the rear among council candidates is Bruce Meyer, who like Stirling has raised no money and spent on money.

Three candidates – O’Sullivan, Hershey and McCabe – have received $909 in contributions from a political action committee know as the Common Sense Candidates Fund. Its members include many who have been active with a local group known as the Common Sense Alliance.

Among the political groups that are active in this campaign, the Citizens for Parks and Recreation have have raised $13,104 and spent $11,975; the Western Slope Rail Association did not raise any money in the last two weeks, but spent $247 on advertising; Childcare/Housing 2000 has raised a total of $6,090 and spent all but $115; and the Common Sense Candidates Fund has raised $3,480 and spent $2,100.

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