Incumbent Cari Hermacinski raised more than $15,000 for her Steamboat Springs City Council re-election campaign, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday. That amount places her more than $9,000 ahead of the second-highest fundraiser, her opponent, Kevin Bennett. His sign is the only one missing from this collection on Yampa Street.

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Incumbent Cari Hermacinski raised more than $15,000 for her Steamboat Springs City Council re-election campaign, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday. That amount places her more than $9,000 ahead of the second-highest fundraiser, her opponent, Kevin Bennett. His sign is the only one missing from this collection on Yampa Street.

Hermacinski raises most cash

Incumbent leads City Council fundraising by more than $9,000

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Finance reports

Fundraising and spending totals for local City Council and School Board candidates through Oct. 8

City Council / Contributions / Expenditures

Kevin Bennett / $5,587 / $5,482

Jim Engelken / $2,203 / $855

Cari Hermacinski / $15,089 / $14,927.99

Walter Magill / $0 / $0

Kyle Pietras / $1,818 / $1,258

Kenny Reisman / $2,175 / $1,423

Ken Solomon / $3,329 / $2,451

School Board / Contributions / Expenditures

Brian Kelly / $775 / $350

Bill Kennedy / $1,000 / $253

At a glance

Monetary contributions through Oct. 8 for the Nov. 3 election

Steamboat Springs City Council

District 1

- Kevin Bennett

John Adams, $1,000; Russell and Carol Atha, $99; Kevin and Jane Bennett, $1,500; Peggy Berglund, $75; Omar Campbell, $50; Henry and Melissa Cartan, $50; Thomas and Nancy Clapsaddle, $50; Stephen Cobb, $25; Pam Duckworth, $50; Hank and Cathy Edwards, $99; Bob and Audrey Enever, $200; Paul and Bridget Ferguson, $50; Julie Green, $100; Don Johnson, $100; Linda Kakela, $95; Larry and Becky Lamb, $100; Elizabeth Leipold, $95; Richard Levy, $25; Michael Lewis, $50; Steve Lewis, $200; Marcia Martin, $100; Mark and Marilyn McCaulley, $50; Scott McGill, $75; William Moser, $150; Matt and Lynn Newman, $50; Pat Pascoe, $100; Joe Rife and Sue Beauregard, $50; Stuart Roberts, $100; Barbara Robison, $75; Peter and Patti Roehrs, $100; Vic Serafy, $75; Ron Smith, $100; Paul and Arianthe Stettner, $99; James and Cindy Turner, $50; Ed and Mary Vanderwall, $100; Loretta Van Norstrand and James Pavlik, $200; Richard and Marian Williams, $100; Total, $5,587

- Cari Hermacinski

Tom and Alie Alexander, $50; Tracy Barnett, $50; Allen Belshaw and Cathy Johnson, $100; Paula Cooper Black, $250; Scott Borden, $600; Tim Borden, $250; James Brainard, $50; Kristin Cronin, $20; Josie and Bruce Dean, $75; Julie Despres, $100; Ruth and Daryl Dombrowski, $100; Rob Douglas, $500; Albert and Carol Dowden, $250; Edie and Joe Fogliano, $100; Scott Ford, $50; Mike Forney, $100; Carl and Sheila Fountain, $50; Wes and Sheila Fountain, $50; Sarah Fox, $200; Tom Fox, $200; Del Gehrett, $500; Roger and Laurie Good, $150; Don Griffen and Cheri Carsten, $250; Mark and Diane Halvorson, $100; Cari Hermacinski, loan, $5,000; Cyndi Knox, $500; Jennings Knox, $500; Les Liman, $50; Joe Pete Lorusso, $100; Henry Lubsen Jr., $1,000; June and Ed MacArthur, $100; Cristina and Walter Magill, $50; Gavin Malia, $100; Scott and Lynne Marr, $100; Ray Martinez, $20; Michael Martino, $100; Eric Meyer, $50; Jim Mitchell and Judith Wainwright, $1,000; John and Shelley Orrell, $100; Jim Peterson, $100; Charles Porter, $100; Michael and Debbie Rasa, $500; Bud and Jane Romberg, $50; Ron and Shari Roundtree, $200; Ulrich and Janet Salzgeber, $75; Mark and Cheri Scully, $250; Vic Serafy, $50; Tom Sharp, $150; Maynard Short, $199.56; Stacy and Jim Swiggert, $200; Stan and Jean Urban, $100; Luster "Vic" Vickrey, $50; Kady Watson, $50; Allan White and Jane McLeod, $50; Beth Wilhelm, $50; Total, $15,089.56

District 2

- Kenny Reisman

Marc Adelman, $100; Dan Birch, $50; John Cardillo, $50; Mark Hermacinski, $200; Bart and Nancy Kounovsky, $75; Brooke Lightner, $25; Les Liman, $50; Cristina Magill, $50; Michael Neuman, $75; Michael Osterman, $100; Seymour Reisman, $1,000; Sylvia Reisman, $100; Ron Roundtree, $100; Chuck Sullivan, $100; Total, $2,175

- Ken Solomon

Ed and Shirley Andrew, $100; Tom Armstrong, $200; Walt Barnes, $50; Hank and Cathy Edwards, $99; Audrey Enever, $200; Paul and Bridget Ferguson, $50; Scott Ford, $50; Vincent and Dolores Gigliotti, $50; Julie Green, $100; Larry and Anita Harding, $100; John and Janice Held, $25; David Kane, $100; Dave Levine, $50; Michael Lewis, $100; Steve Lewis, $200; Marcia Martin, $100; Mark and Marilyn McCaulley, $50; John and Suzanne Munn, $100; Barbara O'Connor, $150; James Opper, $50; Rosemary Post, $200; Peter and Patti Roehrs, $100; Jack and Janie Romick, $50; H.R. Schneider, $250; Alysa Selby, $100; Ken Solomon, $100; Paul and Arianthe Stettner, $75; Pete and Dana Stimmel, $300; Sureva Towler, $30; Jack White, $200; Total, $3,329

District 3

- Walter Magill

Total, $0

At-large

- Kyle Pietras

Ann and John Draper, $150; Steve Hofman, $200; Les Liman, $50; Kyle and Christine Pietras, $390; Kyle Pietras, $868; Ji-ang Song, $100; Total, $1,818

- Jim Engelken

Cedar Beauregard, $50; Cathy Edwards, $99; Bob Enever, $200; Carolyn Engelken, $100; David Engelken, $25; E.J. Engelken, $100; Jim Engelken, $200; Michael Fragola, $200; Walter Glass, $50; Mary Hess, $25; Joy Kopf, $200; Elizabeth Leipold, $100; Michael Lewis, $50; Steve Lewis, $200; Patrice Lorenzen, $250; Marcia Martin, $100; Paul Stettner, $99; Darcy Trask, $35; James Turner, $50; Mary Yamamoto, $20; Lee Zimmerman, $50; Total, $2,203

Steamboat Springs School Board

District 1

- Bill Kennedy

Bill Kennedy, $1,000; Total, $1,000

- Brian Kelly

Paula Cooper Black, $100; Richard Dowden, $500; Ed Hill, $50; Jayne Hill, $50; David Howell, $75; Total, $775

District 3

- Denise Connelly

No report available; Connelly is running unopposed.

— Steamboat Springs City Council member Cari Hermacinski reported $15,089 in fundraising since July in her bid for re-election, outpacing her opponent and second-highest fundraiser Kevin Bennett by more than $9,000.

Tuesday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for municipal candidates to report fundraising totals and expenditures through Oct. 8. It was the first such deadline of the campaign season. Hermacinski's total includes a $5,000 loan that she gave on Aug. 31 to her campaign committee. But even at $10,089, her contributions from outside sources far surpass those of Bennett, who reported $5,587 in total contributions to his committee. That number includes $1,500 that Bennett contributed to his campaign for the four-year, District 1 City Council seat.

"Really, I'm kind of just following the same plan I did last time, except I thought we probably needed to start a little sooner," Hermacinski said Wednesday. "Fundraising has been difficult - I'm hoping it's the recession and not loss of support."

Bennett could not be reached Wednesday.

In the District 2 City Council race, Kenny Reisman reported $2,175 in contributions. His opponent, Ken Solomon, reported $3,329.

For the two-year, at-large seat, Jim Engelken reported $2,203, and Kyle Pietras reported $1,818.

Incumbent Walter Magill, running unopposed for the District 3 seat, reported neither a dime received nor a dime spent in his campaign.

"I've gone to all the forums I've been invited to and made some statements, but I'm saving money in the recession," Magill said. "You're probably seeing in these numbers that it takes a lot of money to campaign in Steamboat."

Magill said despite the cost, he regrets not having an opponent in this election.

"You're always better served when elections are contested," he said, citing the benefits of an active, involved community.

In the race for the District 1 seat on the Steamboat Springs School Board, Bill Kennedy reported $1,000 in contributions, all from himself. Brian Kelly reported $775.

He did not contribute to his own campaign.

Colorado law, under the Fair Campaign Practices Act, requires all candidates and committees to report all contributions of $20 or more, including the name and address of the contributor; expenditures; and "obligations entered into by the committee or party."

Colorado law also requires candidates to report the occupation and employer of each contributor of $100 or more.

The next filing deadline is Oct. 30, for the period from Oct. 9 to Oct. 25.

Finance reports for Oct. 26 to Nov. 28 are due Dec. 3, 30 days after the election.

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