Campaign spending lopsided in Steamboat Springs City Council races |

Campaign spending lopsided in Steamboat Springs City Council races

The city council race features 11 candidates vying for four open seats.

— Some Steamboat Springs City Council candidates are spending a lot more on their campaigns this year than council candidates have in previous contested elections.

Campaign finance reports filed with the city show how much each candidate had raised and spent between Sept. 1 and Oct. 8 in the four city council races, which collectively drew 11 candidates.

Only one candidate, Patrick Slowey, in the crowded District 1 race, had not raised or spent any funds.

In District 2, candidate Jason Lacy raised $10,915, more than triple the $2,390 raised by his opponent, Michael Buccino.

Lacy’s fundraising total includes a $2,005 loan the candidate made to his campaign.

Lacy had spent $5,836 on his campaign, while Buccino had spent $2,070.

In the at-large race, Kathi Meyer outspent Chuck McConnell by a wide margin.

Meyer reported raising $6,790, while McConnell had raised $1,800.

Meyer’s total includes a $4,000 loan.

Meyer spent $5,598, while McConnell spent $775.

Fundraising totals in the District 3 race between Erin Walker and Healther Sloop were also lopsided.

Sloop raised $5,025 and spent $3,651.

Walker raised $2,166 and spent only $174.

In the District 1 race, candidates Michael Shaler and Tim Kirkpatrick reported no outside campaign contributions.

Shaler reported spending $796.92 of his own money on his campaign, while Kirkpatrick spent $4,558.98.

Robin Crossan raised $510 and spent $311, and Rich Levy raised $1,470 and spent $1,438.

Levy’s total included a $250 loan.

All campaign finance reports for the candidates can be viewed online here.

At this time in the contested 2013 council election, Tony Connell, the biggest fundraiser, had raised $3,283 and spent $2,433.40.

Connell went on to easily win the election.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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