Candidates' monetary contributions through Oct. 11 for the Nov. 6 election; Source: Steamboat Springs City Clerk's Office

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Candidates' monetary contributions through Oct. 11 for the Nov. 6 election; Source: Steamboat Springs City Clerk's Office

Campaign contributions

Candidates debate money's role in Steamboat politics



Candidates' monetary contributions through Oct. 11 for the Nov. 6 election; Source: Steamboat Springs City Clerk's Office

At a glance

Monetary contributions through Oct. 11 for the Nov. 6 election

Steamboat Springs City Council

District 1

- Susan Dellinger

Susan Dellinger, $500; Susan Saari, $50; Total, $550

- Scott Myller

Paula Cooper Black, $200; Scott Myller, $500; Coleen Perkins, $100; Kathy Connell, $50; Dennis Bredel, $50; Loan, $615.96; Total, $1,515.96

District 2

- Meg Page Bentley

Tom Traynor, $50; Sureva Towler, $100; Susie Raymond $1,000; Bob and Nancy Working, $50; Steve Downs, $100; Paula Dransfield, $50; Alan Querido, $50; Bob Snow, $100; Bill Sutherland, $100; Solomon Suwalsky, $200; Gigi Walker, $50; G.W. Smith, $50; J. Montana, $50; Nancy Young, $50; Betse Grassby, $25; Cindy Wither, $25; Dale Morris, $100; Dan Tyler, $100; Sheri Steiner, $50; Kate Marsters, $50; Dave Ferguson, $100; Maggie Berglund, $40; Marcia Johnson, $50; Kathy Page, $150; Loan, $358; Other, $6; Total, $3,054

- Paul Hughes

Rick Dowden, $500; Gilbert W. Lang, $500; G.H. Romberg, $50; Joanne Marion, $100; Randall Reed, $250; Laurie Buelow, $50; Joseph M. McNasby, $100; Paula Cooper Black, $200; Thomas B. Fox, $100; Ulrich J. Salzgeber, $100; Karl B. Gills, $50; Pat and Kathy O'Rourke, $100; Charles and Ann Marie Schultz, $100; Irlan W. Neas, $25; Thomas Valicenti, $100; David C. Howell, $75; Susan and Douglas Allen, $50; Wendy and Jon Wade, $250; Dennis Bredel, $50; Nancy Terry, $25; Ed and Cheryl Trousil, $500; Eugenia Snyder, $150; Alvin and Ann Skiles, $25; Carol Booth Fox, $25; Winchester Dermody, $100; Total, $3,575

District 3 (two years)

- Vincent C. Arroyo

Tim Hancock, $150; Barbara Leroy, $100; Mike Para, $150; Neal O'Keefe, $100; Stacy Childs, $500; Andy Leroy, $100; Tom Caughey, $50; Vincent C. Arroyo, $441.82; Total, $1,591.82

- Walter Magill

Tami and Scott Havener, $50; Dennis and Margaret Bredel, $50; John B. Magill, $500; Kathleen Magill, $500; Gaetano and Susan Vicinelli, $1,000; Stephen and Kajal Vicinelli, $100; John Soileau, $500; Paula Cooper Black, $250; Preston and Judith Plumb, $50; Sarah and John Magill, $25; Tom and Mary Magill, $100; Total, $3,125

District 3 (four years)

- Karen Post

Rosemary Post, $500; Susan Sonnenschein, $100; Linda Brookstein, $100; Jennifer Wilson, $750; Ken Solomon, $850; Dave Glanz, $250; Jane Harris, $200; Luetta Loerber, $100; Betse Grassby, $75; Rick Erb, $100; Andy Post, $100; Carol Atha, $150; Anne DeGroff, $50; Kay Clagett, $50; Lirva Bean, $100; Arianthe Stettner, $50; Henry Laughlin, $500; Charles Hamlin, $250; Gary Gurney, $50; John Sant'Ambrogio, $50; Dennis Swenson, $100; Susan Sonrenschein, $100; Total, $3,125

- Jon Quinn

Paula Cooper Black, $200; Clay Ogden, $100; John Soileau, $500; Ellen McCarthy, $100; John Quinn, $1,000; Susanna Quinn, $100; Marty Russo, $1,000; Linda Daschle, $200; Jim and Sandy Fitzpatrick, $100; Rob Liberatore, $500; James Gorelick, $100; Michael Feldman, $500; Jon and Wendy Wade, $250; Total, $4,650


- Towny Anderson

Ann Barbier, $20; Edward and Elizabeth Weihman, $2,000; John Spezia and Diane Brower, $100; Linda Carlton, $200; Gigi Walker, $50; Gerald Crawford, $500; Trenia Sanford, $25; Camille Bunn, $100; Albert Dowden, $1,000; William Moser, $100; Martha Drake Young, $25; Pam Duckworth, $50; Michael Vanvliet, $100; Carl Steidtmann and Kathleen Cline, $100; Total, $4,370

- Cari Hermacinski

John Kerst, $50; Joe and Donna Russo, $1,100; Eric Meyer, $250; Mary and Christopher Hahn, $100; G.H. and J.W. Romberg, $50; Katherine Meyer, $50; Dell Gehrett, $500; Matthew and April Cail, $100; Matthew Newman, $50; Paula Cooper Black, $200; Jane Howell, $50; Karl and Mary Gills, $75; Allen and Catherine Belshaw, $100; John Soileau, $500; Ruth and Daryl Dombrowski, $100; David Nagel, $100; Joan Conroy, $50; Katie and Joe Armstrong, $50; Frederick and Sandra Jones, $25; Matthew and Elizabeth Larock, $250; Lori and Mark Elliott, $50; Brian Olsen, $100; Sheila Fountain, $50; Shelley Orrell, $100; Kareh and Dominick Riggio, $50; Wendy and Jon Wade, $250; William and Kristie Wheeler, $100; Andreas and Lisa Sauerbrey, $200; Dennis and Margaret Bredel, $50; Ronald and Sharron Roundtree, $200; Allan White, $50; Robin and Heather Craigen, $200; Kenneth and Judith Riskind, $50; Daniel and Jill Brabec, $150; Total, $5,350

Issues committees

- Citizens for a Community Recreation Center

Michelle Caragol, $200; Michelle Caragol, $60; Andy and Karen Cohen, $75; Lisa Brown, $40; Tom and Debbie Wilson, $75; Rick and Lynn Hodges, $75; Jason and Stacey Sear, $75; Cheryl and David Thorp, $75; Tony and Gillian Fraioli, $40; Michael and Stephanie Loomis, $75; Bob and Kim Noel, $75; Michelle Diehl, $40; Joy Rasmussen, $40; Josh and Karin Kagan, $75; Stephen Malacinski, $40; Maria Wright, $40; Tom and Julie Ernst, $75; Anne Barounos, $40; John and Donna Weinman, $75; Marc and Missy Fraioli, $150; Paul and Mitzi Franklin, $150; Brad Piske and Leslie Ahlmeyer, $150; Matt and JoEllen Heydon, $75; Maggie Smith, $40; Jeff and Andrea Kortas, $150; Keith and Kristin Wilson, $75; Winn and Elizabeth Park, $75; Jeff and Shannon Lukens, $150; Matt and JoEllen Heydon, $60; David and Cheryl Thorp, $30; Stephen and Bridget Ross, $60; Jeff and Andrea Kortas, $60; Anders and Kami Brockway, $30; Michelle Diehl, $60; Mark and Cari Hermacinski, $30; Maggie Smith and Irv Edelman, $75; Marc and Missy Fraioli, $90; Jeanette Symons, $60; Dave and Jill Ruppel, $30; Nancy Brodie, $75; Wes and Dano Richey, $60; Winn and Elizabeth Park, $45; Paul and Mitzi Franklin, $60; Skip and Mary Dierdorff, $30; Nick and Deb Rose, $75; Sandi and Scott Eivine, $60; Judy Zetzman, $60; David Fix, $45; Tom and Theresa Lichtenfels, $75; Ron Smith, $45; Preston and Patricia Davies, $30; Chris Paoli, $60; Brad Piske and Leslie Ahlmeyer, $90; Steven and Margaret Firestone, $50; Sue and Dan Birch, $20; Henry Shafer, $1,000; Paul and Mitzi Franklin, $100; Jennifer Jessen, $100; Theresa Lichtenfels, $100; Tom Lichtenfels, $100; Marc Fraioli, $500; Dave and Jodi Terranova, $100; Christopher Paoli, $500; Tim Travis, $50; Margaret Smith, $1,000; Jeff and Andrea Kortas, $560; Jason Sear, $1,000; Bill and Kristie Wheeler, $200; Lynn and Richard Hodges, $75; David Thorp, $30; Michelle Diehl, $60; Steven and Bridget Ross, $60; Kami and David Brockway, $45; Nancy Brodie, $500; Nick and Tracey Metzler, $100; Jim and Mary Darcy, $100; Mary Jo Weidel, $200; Brent Pearsen and Dave Hill, $500; Scott and Sherrie Ford, $100; Jeff and Ann Coon, $100; Michelle Caragol, $250; Cheryl Thorp, $150; Brian and Lori Harrington, $100; Other, $135; Total, $11,585

Source: Steamboat Springs

City Clerk's Office

— At-large contender Cari Hermacinski is the top fundraiser among candidates for Steamboat Springs City Council, compiling a total of $5,350 from a variety of sources.

The first deadline to report campaign finances to Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Jordan was Oct. 16.

City Council President Susan Dellinger raised less money than any other City Council candidate, with $550 - including $500 from herself. Finance reports list contributions and expenses up to Oct. 11.

"I think that people want to see change, and I think that's clear in the number and diversity of people who are supporting me," Hermacinski said. Her largest campaign contribution, $1,100, came from her parents, Joe and Donna Russo of Steamboat Springs.

While Hermacinski is encouraged by her campaign balance sheet, history shows big spending is no guarantee of Election Day success in Steamboat. Of the top three fundraisers at this point in the 2005 campaign, Kevin Kaminski was the only one to win a seat on City Council. Kaminski resigned his District 3 seat last year when he moved out of the district.

In 2005, lead fundraiser Bud Romberg had $6,538 at the end of the first reporting period, but eventually lost the at-large race to Towny Anderson, who is now defending that seat against Hermacinski. This year, Romberg has contributed $50 each to the campaigns of Hermacinski and District 2 candidate Paul Hughes, who raised $3,575. Hughes' opponent, Meg Bentley, raised $3,054.

Anderson, facing the top fundraiser for the second election in a row, said he is not concerned by the prospect.

"I'm flattered," Anderson quipped.

He reported $4,370 in campaign contributions, 69 percent of which came from two donations: $2,000 from Edward and Elizabeth Weihman of Steamboat and $1,000 from Albert Dowden of Steamboat.

While most contributions made to the 10 candidates for the five open City Council seats came from locals, two candidates' reports stand out for out-of-town contributions. Jon Quinn, whose $4,650 raised is second only to Hermacinski, received nine of his 13 contributions from the Washington, D.C., area where he grew up. Quinn is running for a four-year District 3 seat against Councilwoman Karen Post, who raised $3,125.

Quinn's list of contributors includes some well-known Washington figures: his father Jack Quinn, former White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton; Linda Daschle, wife of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle; former U.S. Rep. Marty Russo, D-Illinois; and Rob Liberatore, a veteran automobile industry lobbyist for Daimler.

"It's mostly just family friends and relatives excited that I'm running," said Quinn, who noted that he doesn't want his family's political history to influence how he's perceived in Steamboat. "It's certainly not something that defines my character."

Seven of Walter Magill's 11 contributions - constituting $2,275 of $3,125 raised - are also from outside Colorado, mostly from relatives. Magill is running for a two-year District 3 seat against Vince Arroyo, who raised $1,592.

Money's power

City Council candidates differ in their assessment of the importance of money to their campaigns.

"I hope it's not very important because I'm not spending much," Dellinger said. "I don't do a lot of fundraising. It's hard for me to ask people for money. I don't want to get into that. I want to run because I feel I'm being responsive to the community. I want to be responsive, not bought."

Dellinger's opponent for a District 1 seat, Scott Myller, has a similar attitude.

"I : decided if I can't win with a modest campaign, maybe I shouldn't have the position," said Myller, who raised $1,516.

Hermacinski said money can be more important to candidates who, like herself, are challenging incumbents. She said incumbents are well known by nature of their positions, and money allows newcomers to become well known through advertising.

Anderson, who said he'd like to think money isn't important to council races, said the amount of money being spent this year underscores how important of an election it is.

"There's clearly an interest that doesn't think it's being served well," Anderson said. He later said that interest is a development community upset with incumbents who passed legislation requiring affordable housing.


Candidates aren't the only sources of fundraising for this November's election. The Citizens for a Community Recreation Center committee is campaigning on behalf of Referendums 2B and 2C, which, if passed, would use increased property taxes to fund a $34 million recreation center at Ski Town Fields.

The committee has raised $11,585 thus far.

"I think there's just a lot of people who have shown an interest," said committee organizer Brad Piske.

Piske said the group ultimately hopes to raise $15,000 to $20,000. Piske said running a campaign is, unfortunately, very expensive.

"It's kind of a shame," Piske said. "You work on a campaign for two years, and you end up putting up really simplistic yard signs. It's kind of ludicrous."

A recreation center opposition committee, No 2B 2C, did not report any funds raised through Oct. 11. Committee organizer John Mertz said No 2B 2C did not start fundraising until after Oct. 11. He said the committee now has as about half the money Piske's committee reported.

"We got a little nervous," Mertz said of the amount of money the Citizens for a Community Recreation Center committee has raised. "We're trying to hit it hard and fast."

Candidates and committees will file finance reports again shortly before the Nov. 6 election, and submit a final report in December.


Richard Levy 9 years, 6 months ago

What does it mean when more money is raised for a ballot initiative for a swimming pool than any 2 candidates for city council????

All I can say is "follow the money"


lovemysteamboat 9 years, 6 months ago

Hey knowitall: Before you disparage someone, you should look at Cari's background.......Hard work got her to and through, law school from her upbringing in Craig. Maybe her ability to do things on her own rather than hoping city government will take care if her is good reason to vote for her. Maybe her hard work will represent this city in a positive and professional manner while still offering opportunity for people to succeed on their own.


elphaba 9 years, 6 months ago

knowitall - this is a non-partisan election - There are no political parties and it is inappropriate for you to infer that in this election. Perhaps the current incumbent lives in a house on blocks and delivers pizza because that is her skill set.


stmbtisoutofcontrol 9 years, 6 months ago

All candidates are talking about an open door policy. How can the incumbents say this? They have had too many closed door meetings, their relationship with the County could not be worse, and traffic is out of control. They have been an arrogant group with very little accountability.


80488mom 9 years, 6 months ago

Chickadee - how do you know she's a wh*re? Are you sleeping with her or are you just prone to making broad generalizations about people?


80488mom 9 years, 6 months ago

PS: Envy is one of the 7 deadliest sins....and not a very admirable quality. Why not look at her record and look at how she got where she is than belly aching about what she has or who she rubs elbows with. She sounds like one hardworking, civic minded, smart cookie to me.


Hammurabi 9 years, 6 months ago

Editor, if it continues to be the policy of the paper to allow anonymous commentary on the blog, then I strongly suggest that you have the site continuously monitored and blogs that are as offensive and slanderous as the one posted above be removed immediately.


wzstfu 9 years, 6 months ago

Hey - knowitall - learn a little posting etiquette and turn your caps lock key off. There's no reason to shout at everyone.

The current City Council is a nightmare. What good have they done for Steamboat? We have construction from one end of town to the other. We have traffic on Lincoln Avenue that looks like downtown Denver. Affordable housing is a joke. They have spent an amazing amount of money on outside consulting firms. They couldn't even make a decision on where to put the community center. Instead they went round and round and round, and then chose the original site.

Perhaps this is what Steamboat deserves. Judging by the majority of comments here - you people are just as inept. Who cares how much money Cari has raised. As far as chickadee's comment goes - baby you need some Valium.

Get a reality check folks. Steamboat Springs is on a downward spiral. Do not re-elect any of these clowns.


Donna Russo 9 years, 6 months ago

Chickadee is a sick person.

I have listened to Cari at several gatherings and she is a top-notch"classy"woman. She has our vote and support without a doubt!


slow_rider 9 years, 6 months ago

Knowitall- perhaps you should consider a new anonymous name like"knowitless". First thing you don't know is that an aupair is about the most affordable childcare option available in this country. Second - it is legal and provides your child with great full-time care allowing you to do what it takes to survive in this town, and even give back a little (good on you Cari). Third - what has being a Doctor's wife got to do with it... Yes I agree please vote - but edjukate yorselvf...

Chickadee - what is your point? There is so much venon and so little truth in your comments. The affordable housing with having an aupair (Nanny) is that you provide a cultural exchange student lodging in your own home as part of the deal - zero impact, and a huge plus for what it allows a parent like Cari to offer the community. Just where do you get off calling these girls "gypsy whores". Obviously you do not know them, or Cari.

This town needs more people like Cari, and less like the above mentioned "no-names".


Ilike2dv8 9 years, 6 months ago

I'm amazed at some of the comments posted here. You have some real anger issues to deal with before you begin worring about who gets elected in the next city council election. It's interesting that when someone can't deal with a truth they pick up the biggest rock they can find and throw it. What's really sad is when they go after someones family and friends. Reminds me of a 1st grader. Jim, Chiki whatever and knowitall, you are WAY out of line. Get your lies straight and try again.


slow_rider 9 years, 6 months ago

Halpert - this was a thread about the elections. How did we get on to the social life of an au-pair? What has this got to do with whether Cari is a good candidate?

Before we all get bogged town in what we do in our free time lets bring this back to the issues at hand. Cari would make a great addition to City Council.


SteamboatMom 9 years, 6 months ago

Those of you who choose to write such horrible untruths should really be ashamed. Ask yourselves if you are happy people, I'm sure you won't like your own answer. If you know anything about Cari, you know that she is an intelligent woman who cares more about Steamboat and our community than your small mind could ever imagine. Give me a break. If you want to vote for someone that has Steamboat in their heart, VOTE FOR CARI.


elphaba 9 years, 6 months ago

It figures that Towny would have the supporters that started slinging mud. If your opponent can't be beat on the issues create a smokescreen of hate - That is Towny's style in this election and in the last. Time for him to go!


bubba 9 years, 6 months ago

I don't seem to see any developers on the lists of challengers contributors? Could it be that the incumbents and the out of town interest group paying for mudslinging commercials in our local election are lying to us?


WZ4EVER 9 years, 6 months ago

Maybe Cari's Mom and Dad are secret developers? If anyone is "in the pocket" it's Brenner's Council who approved all the stuff were seeing right now, and BEFORE they would have been subject to the housing linkage fees. Thanks for nothing.

A blogger a while ago commented that it's easier to critisize (and lie about) your opponent than it is to face the issues - seems true for the second time with Towny.


trollunderthebridge 9 years, 6 months ago

Interesting that Towny, a new "resident" of Steamboat (9 years ago and by some people's standards that does not make you a local) and Trust Funder is the champion of the "little guy" winds up being the first to start mud-slinging. Even more interesting that he cannot even support our local schools, but sends his child to private school. (Do I hear elitist?)

It is under his guidance and Council that is approving all the development downtown.


forthepowder 9 years, 6 months ago

Bubba- not only do we not see any developers contributing to the challenger campaigns but they didn't start "Swift vote steamboat" or Swiftboat either. Concerned citizens for the future of Steamboat Springs is being organized by a second home owner living in Westminster. Why is somone living in Westminster controlling the messaging for the incumbants.


Matthew Stoddard 9 years, 6 months ago

Yampaman- I'll play your silly game: Who IS Cheryl A. Witt of Westminster?

In fact, who are YOU, since you seem to have to know who this other person is? Just because you have "Yampa" in your Pilot handle doesn't mean you're from here.

That is what you are basically asking, right: who is this person from Westminster sticking their nose into Steamboat business?


JLKM 9 years, 6 months ago

I have to say I am shocked by the ugly and nasty comments posted in regards to this article and then really isn't so shocking. More than likely, all of this ugliness is coming from the same 7% within our community who enjoy trying to destroy and hurt good people and families. These individuals love to have a "public voice" where they can spew out vile and nasty statements (slander to be exact) but yet they are safe due to the fact that they are hiding behind the curtain of anonymity. I would like to see the other candidate come forward and ask his supporters to stop the slanderous and hateful remarks and their bad behavior. Ultimately, to condone this nastiness and ugliness from the individuals who continue to support him, will give each of us great insight as to the level of integrity and character he has. Mr. is time to step up to the plate and run a clean CAMPAIGN and demand that your followers do the same. Cari Hermacinski has not lowered her standards, lost her integrity, nor would she support anyone behaving in such a vicious and vile manner. I do not know her on a personal level, but what I have seen, what I have heard about her and her personal character is that she is a woman with a huge heart for our community, a woman of the highest integrity and moral character, has an impeccable work ethic, and is a wonderful mother and wife.


colobob 9 years, 6 months ago

Wow! Both anonimity and transparency have places in our society. Anonimity allows the average American to voice his or her opinion without fear or retaliation whether it be on the streets of the community or at the cash register of ones business. Transparency is a right of those who choose (freedom of choice) to make their opinion public but should be required by all those seeking or accepting public office. Public officials are supposed to work for the COMMON good not just for special inerest groups. That said, anonimity IS NOT acceptable when defaming or slandering ones reputation by using tasteless remarks or comments such as those that were posted (and removed) above. That's not anonimity, that's COWARDACE! You don't have to put your name on your ballot at the polls but you should have the guts to make yourself known when making slanderous remarks about ones personal character. If you can't do that then you should crawl back under the rock from which you came! "judge not lest ye be judged" or "it is better to remain silent and appear the fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Shame on you for the above remark(s)!


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