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Semrau boasts largest war chest

ASPEN ” Tim Semrau leads in campaign contributions for Aspen’s mayoral race ” he’s more than $8,000 ahead of Mick Ireland, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Mayoral candidate Torre’s cam­paign war chest added $2,175 in the latest cycle ” from April 18 to May 1 ” boosting his total to $8,096. Bon­nie Behrend reported just one contri­bution of $100 during the cycle ” the total amount she has raised for the entire campaign, thanks to contributor Sandy Israel of Basalt.

Semrau, meanwhile, raised $15,320 during the latest cycle, increasing his campaign fund to $33,569, records released Tuesday show. During that period, Ireland reeled in $6,590 to up his total to $24,929.

The cutoff for campaign contri­butions for the May 8 election was Tuesday.

Ireland had support from two for­mer Aspen mayors ” John Bennett and Rachel Richards, a current Pitkin County commissioner. Commissioner Dorothea Farris, who once sat on the Pitkin County board with Ireland, also donated to his cause, as did state Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village.

Ireland garnered support from Hol­lywood director and local resident Bob Rafelson, as well as some local lawyers and three people with news­paper ties: Allyn Harvey, former man­aging editor of The Aspen Times; Sara Garton, a proofreader at the Times; and Alison Danforth, a bookkeeper at the Aspen Daily News and the sister of its owner, Dave Danforth.

The list of Semrau backers includ­ed many prominent Aspen developers, real-estate agents and those with ties to the construction industry. Dwayne Romero, a developer and candidate for Aspen City Council, supported Semrau to the tune of $50.

Torre raised an additional $2,175, for total contributions of $8,086, and spent $3,519 for advertising, postage and T-shirts.

While Semrau outpaced his com­petitors, Ireland outspent the bunch, plunging $11,054 into advertising and mailers, compared with the $10,394 Semrau spent on advertising, includ­ing an additional $3,417 with his mar­keting firm, the Darnauer Group.

So far the City Council race doesn’t appear to be as costly as the mayoral version, with Romero leading the eight candidates with, $9,040, fol­lowed by Michael Wampler at $7,606 for the campaign so far.

Real-estate brokers topped Romero’s list of backers, and the bulk of his $ 6,232 expenditures went to advertising in local papers.

LJ Erspamer spent $2,384.17 of his own money on advertising and office supplies, records show.

Andrew Kole collected an addi­tional $400 in contributions, totaling $517 (on top of $268 from a former campaign) he spent mostly on advertising.

Toni Kronberg didn’t collect money, but her backers paid a total of $2,170 for everything from the mate­rials for handmade signs ($3 each), newspaper ads and fliers.

Michael O’Sullivan collected $1,000, including contributions from local real-estate brokers. He listed no expenditures.

Steve Skadron raised an additional $3,325, for a total of $4,575, and spent $121 for newspaper advertising recently. His total expenses were $333.

Michael Wampler collected an additional $2,670 over the last few weeks for a total of $7,606. He spent nearly all the funds collected on advertising and a meet-the-candidate party at Eric’s Bar for $250. Wampler counts a handful of old-time Aspen­ites ” including Sheriff Bob Braudis ” among his backers.

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