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Candidates file finance reports

District 5 School Board hopefuls lead the way in fundraising

Mike McCollum

Candidates for the Steamboat Springs School Board’s District 5 seat are neck and neck in terms of campaign fundraising, according to campaign finance reports filed this week with the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

District 5 candidate Laura Anderson reported $1,284 in contributions through Oct. 11, which was more than any other School Board candidate. Her opponent, current School Board member Jerry Kozatch, is not far behind with $1,101 in contributions through Tuesday.

Kozatch, who was not available for comment Wednesday, did not file a report identifying specific contributors. He reported that the entirety of his funds were from a loan. Kozatch reported expenditures of $227 for advertising.

Anderson reported spending $1,020 on her campaign, with an additional $200 in non-monetary contributions in the form of advertising designs.

In the District 4 race, Robin Crossan has a more than 3-to-1 fundraising advantage over current School Board member Char Rusk.

Crossan reported receiving $759 in contributions through Oct. 11. By comparison, Rusk reported raising $220 through Oct. 11.

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Although Rusk raised less cash than Crossan, she received more non-monetary contributions, including $246 worth of yard signs from Cheryl Kindred. Crossan reported a non-monetary contribution of $200 in graphic design work from Melissa Van Arsdale.

As of Sunday, Crossan has $149 in available funds after campaign expenditures, which includes purchases for advertising and yard signs. Rusk reported a deficit of $183 after advertising and campaign button purchases.

The first campaign finance reports were due Tuesday. Additional reports will be due Nov. 2 for money raised between Oct. 12 and Oct. 28.

According to campaign finance law, candidates and campaigns must identify by name all people and organizations that contribute $20 or more to their causes. A contributor’s employer and occupation also must be included if he or she donates more than $100.

Lisa Brown, who is running uncontested for the District 2 seat, reported $684 in contributions through Oct. 11.

Former City Council member Paula Cooper-Black, who was part of the Save Our Schools RE-2 group that failed to recall School Board member John DeVincentis, was the only campaign donor to give to more than two candidates.

Cooper-Black contributed $100 each to Crossan, Anderson and Brown.

Other multi-candidate donors included David Howell, Richard Dowden and Tami Havener.

David Howell, husband of former superintendent Donna Howell, contributed $75 to both Anderson and Brown.

Havener, executive director of the Discovery Learning Center, contributed $50 to both Anderson and Crossan.

Crossan’s largest campaign contributor, Steamboat Springs resident Richard Dowden, gave both Crossan and Brown $200.

None of the candidates have come close to the money raised by DeVincentis during the 2005 School Board election, when the former Strawberry Park Elementary School principal reported contributions of $3,729.

Show me the money

A list of campaign contributions made to Steamboat Springs School Board candidates, reported to the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office:

Laura Anderson – District 5 candidate

Sue Birch, $100; Laura Anderson, $100; Paula Cooper-Black, $100; Susan Corser, $25, Rick Dowden $200; Roberta Gill, $50; Jim Gill, $50; Colleen Grubbs, $50; Tami Havener, $50; Henry Shafer, $150; David Howell, $75; Robert Steele, $100; Darcy Trask, $25; Monica Verploeg, $150.

Jerry Kozatch – District 5 candidate

As of Oct. 17, no campaign contributions submitted to the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. Kozatch listed $1,101.87 in contributions.

Char Rusk – District 4 candidate

Meg Bentley, $20; Mark Fischer, $100; Mary Schurman, $100.

Robin Crossan – District 4 candidate

Linda Danter, $50; Paula Cooper-Black, $100; Gerard Shevlin, $100; Tami Havener, $50; Richard Dowden, $200.

Lisa Brown – District 2 candidate

Paula Cooper-Black, $100; Malcolm Hawk, $250; Albert Dowden, $200; David Howell, $75.