School Board candidates report contributions


At a glance

Monetary contributions from Oct. 12 through Oct. 28 for candidates and ballot issues in the Nov. 6 election

District 2

- Lisa Brown: Christopher and Ann Tisch, $100; Darcy Trask, $20; Total - $120

District 5

- Laura Anderson: Jim Gill, $50; Darcy Trask, $25; other, $5; Total - $80

- Jerry Kozatch: Ann Coon, $75, Denise Connelly, $25; Jerry Kozatch, $675; Steamboat Springs Teachers Association, $125; Total - $900

District 4

- Char Rusk: Ann Coon, $50; Ann Keating, $25; Bonnie McFarland, $25; Colorado Education Association, $125; Dennis Connelly, $25; Kevin Rusk, $85.29; Shelly Draper-Luchini, $100; Tracy Heaberlin, $50; Total - $485

- Robin Crossan: Jim and Roberta Gill, $100; Helen Gombert, $25; Roberta and Saundra Steele, $100; Darcy Trask, $25; Michael and Stephanie Loomis, $50; David Howell, $75; Richard Dowden, $200; other, $40; Total - $615

— Candidates for the Steamboat Springs School Board's District 4 seat said the most difficult aspect of campaigning isn't answering tough questions or preparing for forums.

"The hardest part is the humbling experience of asking people for money," said Robin Crossan, who reported $614.98 in campaign contributions during the reporting period from Oct. 12 to Oct. 28. "Obviously, raising money lets you do things that help, like running ads to get your word out there."

Crossan reported $759 in contributions during the first reporting period, which was more than a 3-to-1 fundraising advantage over opponent Char Rusk. Crossan's fundraising total of $1,373 bests Rusk's total of $705. Rusk, a current School Board member, reported raising $485 in the most recent filing period.

"As far as fundraising goes, it's a challenging process because I'm uncomfortable asking people for money," Rusk said. "It's really hard to ask people for money, and I haven't done that much."

Rusk, who filled the District 4 seat in June, said she has found ways to spread her campaign message without spending money.

"I've appreciated the candidate forums because that is the chance to get the word out without asking people for money," she said.

The "ABCs for Education," a group of three challengers that includes Crossan, Lisa Brown and Laura Anderson, are sharing campaign resources to help fund advertising, fliers and yard signs.

Anderson, who is running against incumbent Jerry Kozatch for the District 5 seat, reported $80 in campaign contributions for the most recent filing period, raising her total to $1,289. Kozatch, who was appointed to the District 5 seat in November 2006 after the resignation of Tom Miller-Freutel, reported $900 in contributions to bring his total to $1,505. Of that total, $1,280 has come from loans from himself.

Brown, who is running unopposed for the District 2 seat, reported $120, which brought her total to $775.

School Board President Denise Connelly contributed $25 to the campaigns of Rusk and Kozatch.


CommonSense 9 years, 5 months ago

This is a great comment by 'nightbird' under another article today discussing City Council candidates and it deserves to be printed here also: "What I see is a list of people who are passionate and care for this community. We all need to remember that Wednesday morning after all the votes are counted, regardless of who wins there is no perfect candidate and we still get to call each other friends and neighbors."


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