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Tuesday’s election expensive

Meyer leads campaign spending with $6,000

The three-way City Council District 2 race is shaping up to be the most expensive in Tuesday’s local elections.

As of Friday’s campaign filing deadline, District 2 candidate Kathi Meyer spent close to twice the amount of any other council candidate, totaling $6,390 in expenditures for the 2003 race. Her opponent, Ken Brenner, followed with the second highest expense, spending $3,319 on the race.

The expense report for the third District 2 candidate, Marcus Williams, was not available. But as of the Oct. 14 filing date, Williams had spent $1,008 on his bid for election. Since then, Williams has advertised heavily and sponsored events to discuss his campaign.

The expenditures are somewhat in line to what was spent on the 2001 city council elections.

At this point in the 2001 race, Meyer, who lost to Ivancie for the at-large seat, had spent $6,070.

During that race, Ivancie spent a total of $2,337. This time around, Ivancie has not spent any money because he doesn’t have an opponent in his bid for another two-year term in the at-large seat.

Meyer was not the highest spender in the 2001 city council election. Loui Antonuccui, who beat out Brenner for the District 2 seat last election, spent $7,215.

For the District 1 race, incumbent Bud Romberg has spent $1,600, and challenger Susan Dellinger has spent $1,596.

Incumbent Paul Strong, who is running uncontested for the District 3 seat, has not spent any money on his bid for re-election.

Most of the candidates’ contributions have come from private citizens, and many have spent a good deal of their own money. In his first filing, all of Williams’ spending came from his own pockets.

Brenner made an in-kind contribution of $2,063. Meyer was able to transfer the $1,754 that was left over from her 2001 race.

The majority of the candidates’ money went toward newspaper and radio advertising. Candidates also spent money on mailings, brochures, signs and promotional pens and buttons.

Williams spent $162 for beverages at Mambo Italiano, where he invited citizens to have free beer, talk about the issues and listen to bluegrass music. Brenner spent $600 for a catered fund-raiser.

Friday was the second of three deadlines for election contribution and expenditure filings. The candidates and citizens groups supporting issues had their first filing date Oct. 14. The final reporting date is in December.

City Clerk Julie Jordan said any money contributed to the campaign that is not spent could be held onto for future races or donated to certified nonprofits.

The latest contribution and expense filings for Steamboat Springs School Board candidates was not available Friday. But information was available on what the candidates collected and spent as of Oct. 14.

Jeff Troeger spent $49.95 as of Sept. 30. Brian Kelly spent $301 as of Oct. 14.

Money also has been spent on thehe two tax questions.

Supporters of Referendum 1 A, a tax that would raise money for local museums, have $2,456 in contributions and have spent $1,138 as of Oct. 14.

As of Sept. 22, supporters for Referendum 2A, the city’s fire and ambulance tax, had raised $919 and spent just $24.

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